Peer Support Specialist - Pathways Home, Montgomery County, MD

Peer Specialists have the unique role of providing recovery services, health and wellness self management education, as directed by a certified Clinical Specialist. From a perspective based on his or her personal experience with mental illness and/or co-occurring disorders of mental illness and substance abuse, the Peer Specialist provides and coordinates a broad range of services for clients who have histories of homelessness, psychiatric disability, substance abuse, criminal justice, and other trauma.

This position will be providing services to clients in Montgomery County, MD. 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Collaborate with client in the formulation of an Individual Recovery Plan (IRP) that is reviewed and modified with client on a regular basis;

  • Provide outreach, counseling, advocacy, and other needed services to clients in any environment including: the streets, shelters, jails, hospitals, apartments, office, etc;

  • Use his or her unique recovery experience to teach and role model the value of every individual’s recovery experience.

  • Assist in developing and modeling effective coping techniques and self help strategies.

  • Assist in the development of  tailored services to each client—i;e; housing placement, independent living skills, vocational guidance, appointment escorts, integrated substance use treatment, and family counseling;

  • Maintain written and computerized records, compile reports and complete other program documentation (including case notes, statistics, letters, etc;);

  • Assist clients to manage their monies, including preparing budgets with clients and computing expenses;

  • Coordinate and monitor referrals to community services, and advocate client participation in them;

  • Educate, inform and advocate for clients regarding benefits and entitlements (Social Security, Public Assistance, food stamps, etc.)

  • Perform other related duties as required.

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Must be a self-identified person currently or previously receiving mental health or co-occurring behavioral health services.

  • Preference given to individuals with life experiences of homelessness and/or mental illness.

  • HS Diploma/GED required; college degree helpful

  • Peer Specialist Certification or training in the use of personal recovery stories in a professional setting.

  • Willingness and desire to professionally use personal recovery journey to work with others as appropriate.

  • One year experience working with in a mental health program helpful

  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing

  • Ability to maintain boundaries but comfortable using self and personal experiences as applicable

  • Bilingual, (English, Spanish or other languages) highly desired.

How to Apply: 

To apply, send an email with cover letter and resume to hr@pathwaysdc.org. Please indicate the position in your email's subject line.