Saturday, July 02, 2016

Part-Time Position Opening at the PSWC in Decatur

The Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network, a recovery oriented, mental health consumer advocacy and education organization, is seeking a Certified Peer Specialist to work part time for the Peer Support and Wellness Center in Decatur, GA.  Applicants must have excellent interpersonal skills, the ability to work under pressure and reliable transportation.  Salary for this position is $13.00 per hour.  Preference will be given to applicants who can work a flexible schedule. Please send a current Resume and Letter of Interest to

Applicants may be subjected to a fingerprint-based background check of the

Georgia and Federal Criminal History Record Databases

Friday, July 01, 2016

Part-Time Opening at the PSWRC in Henry County

The Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network, a recovery oriented, mental health consumer advocacy and education organization, is seeking a Certified Peer Specialist to work part time for the Peer Support, Wellness, and Respite Center in McDonough, GA.  Applicants must have excellent interpersonal skills, the ability to work under pressure and reliable transportation.  Salary for this position is $12.00 per hour.  Preference will be given to applicants who can work a flexible schedule. Please send a resume and letter of interest to Ginger Blessing at

Applicants may be subjected to a fingerprint-based background check of the

Georgia and Federal Criminal History Record Databases

Part-time position opening at the PSWRC in Colquitt County

The Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network, a recovery oriented, mental health consumer advocacy and education organization, is seeking a Certified Peer Specialist to work part time for the Peer Support, Wellness, and Respite Center in Moultrie, GA.  Applicants must have excellent interpersonal skills, the ability to work under pressure and reliable transportation.  Salary for this position is $12.00 per hour.  Preference will be given to applicants who can work a flexible schedule. Please send a resume and letter of interest to Nick Calhoun at, or FAX (404)-687-0772

Applicants may be subjected to a fingerprint-based background check of the
Georgia and Federal Criminal History Record Databases

Peer Mentor Positions Available in Columbus

The Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network is seeking a self-identified consumer of behavioral health services to fill a part-time position in the state of Georgia as a Peer Mentor.  This is an excellent opportunity to assist consumers who are transitioning from West Central Regional Hospital to living self-directed lives of hope and purpose in communities of their choice.  Currently, we have one position available in the following location: Columbus, GA.  The potential candidate will need to work a flexible schedule, independently, have a reliable form of personal transportation, and pass a criminal background check.  The Peer Mentor position is part-time (20 hours/week) at $12.36/hour.  Preference will be given to Certified Peer Specialists.  If interested, please submit a letter of interest and resume to Gena Garner at the Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network, 246 Sycamore Street, Suite 260, Decatur, GA 30030, or email to, or fax to 404-687-0772.  For further information please contact Gena Garner, CPS, Peer Mentoring Project Coordinator at 1-800-297-6146 or 404-723-6018.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Serenity Community Services

Certified Peer Specialist
Serenity Community Services
4405 Mall Blvd., Suite 310
Union City, Ga. 30291

Duties & Responsibilities: This is a recruitment for a Certified Peer Specialist with the Core (Adult). Candidates to be Certified Peer Specialist with the Core Services and will carry a
caseload and provide some clinical and case management duties.

To be eligible, one must have a primary diagnosis of mental illness or a dual
diagnosis of mental illness and addictive disease and a strong desire to
identify themselves as a person with a mental illness.

One must have at least a high school diploma or GED but a college degree is
preferred. One should demonstrate experience with leadership, advocacy, or
governance, and be well grounded in their recovery (that must be at least one
year between diagnosis and application to the training).

Minimum Training & Experience: Any combination of training and experience,
which would have enabled the applicant to acquire the necessary knowledge,
skills and abilities. Note: Position requires a valid driver's license issued
by the state of Georgia and must possess Certification as a Peer Specialist.
All resumes should be sent to:

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Macon-Bibb County

Mental Health agency seeking Certified Peer Specialist for Macon-Bibb County, Georgia.

Under immediate to general supervision, the Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) provides peer support services; serves as a consumer advocate; provides consumer information and peer support for consumers in a variety of settings.  The CPS performs a wide range of tasks to support consumers in living their own lives and directing their own recovery and wellness process. The CPS will model competency in recovery and wellness.

1.Using the 10-step goal setting process the CPS will:
a. Support consumers in articulating personal goals for recovery and wellness.
b.Support consumers in articulating the objectives necessary to reach his or recovery and wellness goals.

2.The CPS will document the following on the Individual Recovery/Resiliency Plan (IR/RP) by:
a.Assisting consumers in identifying strengths.
b.Assisting consumers in identifying recovery and wellness goals.
c.Assisting consumers in setting objectives.
d.Assisting consumers in identifying barriers
e.Support consumer in determining recovery and wellness interventions based on consumers' life goals.
f.Recognizing and reporting progress consumers make toward meeting objectives.
g.Understanding and utilizing specific interventions necessary to support consumers in meeting their recovery and wellness goals.

3. Utilizing their specific training, the CPS will:
a.Lead as well as teach consumers how to facilitate Recovery Dialogues
b.Support consumers in creating a Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP).
c.Utilize and teach problem solving techniques with individuals and groups.
d.Teach consumers techniques for identifying and combatting negative self-talk.
e.Teach consumers techniques for identifying and overcoming fears.
f.Support the vocational choices consumers make and support them in overcoming job-related anxiety.
g.Support consumers in building social skills in the community that will enhance job acquisition and tenure.
h.Support non-consumer staff in identifying program environments that are conducive to recovery; lend their unique insight into mental illness and what makes recovery possible.
i.Attend treatment team meetings to promote consumer's use of self-directed recovery tools.

4.Utilizing their unique recovery experience, the CPSs will:
a.Teach and role model the value of every individual's recovery experience.
b.Support the consumer in obtaining decent and affordable housing of his or her choice in the most integrated, independent, and least intrusive or restrictive environment.
c.Model effective coping techniques and self-help strategies.

5.The CPSs will maintain a working knowledge of current trends and developments in the mental health field by reading books, journals and other relevant material.
a.Continue to develop and share recovery-oriented material with other CPSs at the continuing education assemblies and on the CPS electronic bulletin board.
b.Attend continuing education sessions when offered by the CPS Project.
c.Attend relevant seminars, meetings, and in-service trainings whenever offered.

6.The CPSs will serve as a recovery agent by:
a. Providing and advocating for effective recovery based services.
b. Support consumers in obtaining services that suit that individual's recovery needs. 
c.Inform consumers about community and natural supports and how to utilize these in the recovery process.
d.Support consumers in developing empowerment skill through self-advocacy and the use of Human Experience Language to combat stigma.
e.Support consumers in setting up and sustaining Self-Help support groups.

The Peer Specialist Certification Training Competencies
A CPS should posses the following competencies:
1.An understanding of their job and the skills to do that job;
a.Understand the basic structure of the state Mental Health System and how it works
b.Understand the CPS job description and Code of Ethics within the state MHS
c.Understand the meaning and role of peer support
d.Understand the difference in treatment goals and recovery goals
e.Be able to create and facilitate a variety of group activities that support and strengthen recovery
f. Be able to do the necessary documentation required by the state
g.Be able to support a consumer combat negative self-talk, overcome fears, and solve problems
h.Be able to support a consumer articulate, set and accomplish his/her goals
i.Be able to teach other consumers to create their own Wellness Recovery Action Plan
j.Be able to teach other consumers to advocate for the services that they want
k.Be able to support a consumer create a Person Centered Plan

2.An understanding of the recovery process and how to use their own recovery story to support others
a.Understand the five stages in the recovery process and what is helpful and not helpful at each stage
b.Understand the role of peer support at each stage of the recovery process
c.Understand the power of beliefs/values and how they support or work against recovery
d.Understand the basic philosophy and principles of psychosocial rehabilitation
e.Understand the basic definition and dynamics of recovery
f.Be able to articulate what has been useful and what not useful in his/her own recovery
g.Be able to identify beliefs and values a consumer holds that works against his/her recovery
h.Be able to discern when and how much of their recovery story to share with whom

3.An understanding of and the ability to establish healing relationships
a.Understand the dynamics of power, conflict and integrity in the workplace
b.Understand the concept of 'seeking out common ground'
c.Understand the meaning and importance of cultural competency
d.Be able to ask open-ended questions that relate a person to his/her inner wisdom
e.Be able to personally deal with conflict and difficult interpersonal relations in the workplace
f.Be able to demonstrate an ability to participate in 'healing communication'
g.Be able to interact sensitively and effectively with people of other cultures

4.An understanding of the importance of and have the ability to take care of oneself
a.Understand the dynamics of stress and burnout
b.Understand the role and parts of the Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP)
c.Be able to discuss his/her own tools for taking care of him/herself

Email your resume to or fax to 919-572-6994.

Saturday, May 07, 2016

ValueOptions Recovery and Advocacy Team Lead - Atlanta

Recovery and Advocacy Team Lead

We are currently seeking a dynamic Recovery and Advocacy Team Lead to join our team of Peer Specialists and Community Transition Specialists working across the State of Georgia. 

The Team Lead is responsible for providing technical support for a comprehensive prevention, education, wellness and recovery program for assigned plan individuals. Areas of focus include: operational support for all field based peer specialists and community transition specialists. 

*This position will be an Atlanta, GA office based position - candidates must be able to travel regularly within the State of Georgia.*

Position Responsibilities:
·       Functional support for peer staff and community transition specialists
·       Documentation of operational challenges and opportunities associated with field based operations.
·       Support the development of strategies leading to greater efficiency of field based peer staff
·       Work collaboratively with clinicians and leadership in pursuit of person centric holistic approach to care
·       Engage, educate and encourage individuals and their families to connect with support services, community resources and advocacy assistance.
·       Document member progress associated with stated goals and objectives
·       Monitor and maintain documentation of peer certification for all peer related positions
·       Analyze data trends and incorporate into operational recommendations
·       Perform other duties as prescribed by the Director of Resilience and Independence

Position Requirements:

Education: High School Degree (or equivalent) required. Bachelor’s degree in education, communication or other related field preferred.

Licensure:  State issued automobile operating license. 

Certification: Certified Peer Specialist (CPS), Certified Peer Specialist-Parent (CPS-P) or Certified Addiction Recovery Empowerment Specialist (CARES) required

Relevant Work Experience:  Three years’ experience in a relevant field performing community resource mapping activities, documented skills and abilities in needs assessment, program development, design, organization, implementation, facilitation and evaluation; proven ability and experience in community relations/networking and information and resource development and maintenance; established knowledge of and work experience with the Medicaid affiliated population desirable.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

·       Prior experience as a Team Lead or recovery based leadership role preferred
·       Experience with ACT-ICM Teams and knowledge of Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) community based services preferred
·       Working knowledge of Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook


Click below on the link below, then click on “apply now!” to create a profile and apply for the position.

ValueOptions, Inc., a Beacon Health Options company, is proud to be an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer as well as a Drug Free and Tobacco Free Work Environment. EOE/AA/M/F/Veterans/Disabled

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Unison Behavioral Health -- Coffee Behavioral Health/Peer Support

Behavioral Health Professional IV or V

Location:  Coffee Behavioral Health/Peer Support                           Closing date:  Open until filled

Annual Salary Range: $31,821 - $37,128 commensurate with education and experience

Job Description:  Responsible for leading and assisting peer participants in all phases of peer support day program. Provides site based individualized support and community integration in an effort toward recovery from mental illness and/or substance abuse.   Assist in development and practice of skills defined on consumer Wellness Recover Action Plan (WRAP) Provides documentation and collaboration with all team members including psychiatrist on a regular basis.

 Job Responsibilities:  Primary schedule will be Monday – Thursday @ 9 hours, Friday @ 4 hours.

Competencies: 1. Knowledge of diagnostic impressions or criteria 2. Knowledge of how client advocacy system operates  3. Knowledge of crisis intervention techniques  4. Knowledge of various therapeutic models and intervention as directly related to area of assignment  5. Knowledge of individual and group therapy techniques             
Required Minimum Qualifications:  Bachelor’s degree and relevant experience in behavioral health related field AND Georgia Certified Peer Specialist. Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner (CPRP) or eligible within one year of hire. Masters degree and experience working in a peer environment is preferred.

ADDITIONAL NOTES:  Due to the volume of applications received, we are unable to provide information on application status by phone or e-mail. All qualified applicants will be considered, but may not necessarily receive an interview. Selected applicants will be contacted by the hiring agency for next steps in the selection process. Applicants who are not selected will not receive notification.  This position is subject to close at any time once a satisfactory applicant pool has been identified.  UBH is a tobacco-free campus.  

Submit application and cover letter by mail, email or fax to:
Shelly Bell, HR Department
P.O. Box 1397
Waycross, GA  31502
FAX:  912-449-7055

Unison Behavioral Health is committed to providing accessible, quality behavioral health and developmental disability services to individuals and families throughout southeast Georgia. We offer a full continuum of CARF accredited programs serving over 5900 individuals each year.
Unison Behavioral Health is an equal opportunity employer.  A background check will be completed upon hire, which may consist of any of the following:  FBI criminal history, employment history, educational records, and driving records.

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Community Friendship - Atlanta

    Job Posting  - Peer Support Specialist Team Leader - Works under the supervision of the Program Director,     
    manages the day-to-day operation of the Peer Support Program (Renaissance Place), support services for
    adults with mental health conditions.    

 Major Job Duties and Responsibilities:
·                Plans, Develops, Coordinates, and Conducts Training on Mental Illness and Personal Growth Related
·                Communicates with members to facilitate understanding of program and resources available to them.
·                Facilitates social, educational and recreational activities in the community to build social skills.
·  Charts weekly case notes (if you have a caseload) reflecting progress toward goals and other significant information. 
·                Performs Programmatic and Administrative Duties
·                Assists in hiring process (interview candidates with supervisor and provide feedback.)
·                Meets with new members to review guidelines and to conduct the orientation to the program.
·  Assists in reviewing and approving progress notes and logs in SEDCARE (electronic record system), ensuring documentation is accurate and completed in accordance with timeframes established by CFI and the direct supervisor.
·                Coordinates scheduling of staff and activities affording some flexibility.
·  Assumes leadership role, acts as team leader, supervising Peer Support Specialist I and Peer Support Specialist II and maintaining open lines of communication with the supervisor and staff.

The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications and abilities: 

·         Must be a Certified Peer Specialist; WHAM Certification preferred.
·       Knowledge of interventions to promote hope, confidence and motivation in consumers;  knowledge of how to assist consumers in developing a Long Term View of how they would like to see  their life in the future; Knowledge of community resources and how to access them;  knowledge of psychotropic medications including side effects; and  knowledge of crisis management.
·       Skill in effective interpersonal relationships, communicating information and ideas clearly, concisely and effectively both verbally and in writing; making sound, independent judgment, and creative problem solving; decision making; and planning and organizing. 
·        Ability to effect change; work with limited guidance; prioritize tasks; interact cooperatively; read, interpret and apply laws, rules, regulations, policies and/or procedures; maintain effective working relationships; display versatility in managing workload relative to volume, type and time frames; plan, develop, coordinate, and organize activities; analyze situations and realize potential impact of decisions; and deal effectively in crisis situations.
·          Must possess a current Georgia driver's license and be insurable in the state of Georgia.
·          Must be able to lift 25 – 50lbs, retrieving and placing materials on high shelves and on floor-level shelves; standing, walking; carrying; grasping; hearing; seeing; sitting; kneeling; climbing; balancing; stooping; crouching and reaching.   

 If you are interested in this position, please send an e-mail with your resume to      

Homes for Recovery - North GA


CPS / PEER SPECIALIST ( North Ga./ Pickens, Gilmer, Cherokee Counties)  Homes for Recovery

Job Responsibilities :Provide support services and acquire resources from with in the community for homeless consumers that have Mental Health illnesses and or Addictive Diseases. Provide MH services through peer support and ADSS if applicable. Assist Case Managers in completing  multiple and ongoing assessments on consumers identifying their needs and  services to match needs. May provide and assist in transportation as needed.
Make appropriate referrals and linkage to other services and Provide individual services that support recovery and working towards the goals and treatment plans. Maintain statistics and complete weekly and monthly reports, provide supportive employment support and resume building for consumers in program.
Provide education and information to assure knowledge of aspects of the CPS project. Supports/assists consumers in daily decision making and resolution of minor problems as well as assisting in obtaining housing, budgets, and resources available.

Minimum qualifications :
Georgia State Certified Peer Specialist Certificate, or in the process of being obtained or Eligible to become Certified.
Must have a high school diploma or GED. Must be able to pass a criminal background check, drug testing and have a clean 7 year motor vehicle report.
Prior experience working with individuals who have a mental illness and/or addictive disease diagnosis preferred.
Must be CARES eligible.
Full time, benefitted, Permanent position with competitive rates.

To Apply or for more information:
                   Fax:   706-624-8328
                  Phone: 706-624-8335