Tuesday, June 27, 2017

2 Full-time Positions Available at Willowbrooke at Floyd for Certified Peer Specialists

We are seeking 2 Certified Peer Specialists to assist our client population in Northwest Georgia. Our mental health professionals at Willowbrooke at Floyd help patients build the self-esteem and self-reliance that they need to live happily and fully when the problems of everyday life seem overwhelming. After patients have completed a partial hospitalization program, they may still need intensive but less extensive counseling and our outpatient programming provides this. Willowbrooke at Floyd has been approved by the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities as a Core provider and is authorized to provide the following services:
  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Substance abuse services
  • Diagnostic assessments and recommendations
  • Psychiatric evaluations and medication services
  • Treatment planning
  • Nursing services
  • Crisis intervention
  • Skills training
  • Community support/case management services

Community Support Specialist


The Community Support Specialist will be responsible for the coordination of services to children and youth and their families in the community. They must have the ability to provide services in a variety of settings: schools, DJJ, detention centers, consumer’s home, etc. Community Support Specialist services consist of rehabilitative, environmental support and resources coordination considered essential to assist a child and family in gaining access to necessary services and in creating environments that promote resiliency and support the emotional and functional growth and development of the child.

Job Responsibilities:
*         Facilitates family and individual sessions with consumers and consumer’s family in the home, school, or community setting.
*         Conducts initial evaluations and assessments of consumers and their families.
*         Will perform home-visits with consumers and their families to conduct family or individual sessions.
*         Assistance to the child youth and family responsible caregivers in the development and coordination of the Individual Resiliency Plan (IRP).
*         Planning in a proactive manner to assist the child youth and family in managing or preventing crisis.
*         Assistance with personal development and school performance.
*         Assistance in enhancing social and coping skills that ameliorate life stresses resulting from the consumer’s emotional disturbance.
*         Service and resource coordination to assist the child youth and family in gaining access to necessary medical, social and other service supports.
*         Assistance with youth family in understanding illness and the self-management of symptoms
*         Monitoring and follow-up to determine if the services assessed have adequately met the consumer’s needs.
*         Identification of risk indicators related to substance related disorder relapse and relapse prevention plans.
*         May perform therapeutic holds on patients as needed.
*         Responsible for the ongoing identification of consumer needs for discharge and seeking out community resources for discharge plans for consumers.

Required Knowledge and Skills:

Education: Bachelor's Degree

Experience:  Three years of related experience. Requires working knowledge of specialized practices, equipment, and procedures.

Licenses and Certifications: Certified Peer Specialist

*         Proven ability to effectively work with others at all levels within and outside Willowbrooke.
*         Leadership, sound judgment and ability to organize.
*         Ability to interact with persons in a therapeutic community.
*         Minimal experience in provision of services.

Recovery Facilitator


The Recovery Facilitator’s role is to provide skills training and support as part of Willowbrooke and to promote self-determination, personal responsibility and empowerment inherent in self-directed recovery. Under immediate to general supervision, the Recovery Facilitator provides recovery support services and serves as a consumer advocate. Provides consumer information and peer support for consumers in a variety of settings. The employee performs a wide range of tasks to support consumers in living their own lives and directing their own recovery and wellness process. The facilitator will model competency in recovery and wellness.

Job Responsibilities:
*         Attends treatment team and discharge planning meetings at all levels of care within the Willowbrooke continuum.
*         Provides case management for patients whose discharge plans include transitioning to a different level of care within the Willowbrooke continuum.
*         Monitors and follows-up to determine if the recommended services have adequately met the consumer’s needs.
*         Works to ensure all Willowbrooke internal referral a successfully admitted in to the recommended level of care.
*         Communicates barriers following discharge recommendations to the appropriate clinical staff.
*         Establishes and maintains positive relationships with patients, physicians, allied health professionals, and all referral sources.
*         Works cooperatively with Program Manager in program development and facilitates skill and support groups for identified patients at various levels of care.
*         Responsible for the coordination of patient care through the following duties:
o    Assessment: The facilitator will collect required information about a person's situation and functioning to develop a case management plan to address those needs. Information will be gathered from the treatment team and other relevant sources.
o    Planning: The facilitator determines short term specific objectives, goals, and actions designed to meet the client's needs. The plan should be designed with efficiency, cost effectiveness and outcomes in mind. The plan should support individual empowerment and self-reliance. Contingency plans should be present in anticipation of treatment and service changes.
o    Implementation: The facilitator will execute specific case management activities or interventions to achieve the goals set forth in the case management plan.
o    Service Excellence: The facilitator works with others within and without the organization to ensure the coordination and continuity of care, and to maintain open communication and collaboration with other health care givers, the client patient and his support group.
o    Coordination: The facilitator organizes, secures, and integrates the resources needed to reach the goals set forth in the case management plan. The case manager will focus on the health care needs and promote the timely provision of care and efficient resource utilization.
o    Monitoring: The facilitator continues to process and gather sufficient information from relevant sources to determine the case management plan's effectiveness.
o    Evaluation: The facilitator continues to evaluate the case management plan's effectiveness to reach the desired outcome.

Required Knowledge and Skills:

Education: Bachelor's Degree

Experience:  No prior work experience.

Licenses and Certifications: Certified Peer Specialist

*         Proven ability to effectively work with others at all levels within and outside Willowbrooke.
*         Leadership, sound judgment and ability to organize.
*         Ability to interact with persons in a therapeutic community.
*         Minimal experience in provision of services.

Benefits Offered with Full-time Employment:
Floyd Medical Center is proud to be a vital part of the northwest Georgia and northeast Alabama community. One of the reasons we are an employer of choice is the comprehensive total rewards programs we offer our employees.
Health Care Coverage
·         Medical coverage
·         Dental coverage
·         Vision coverage
·         Health Care Spending Account
Retirement and Financial Security
·         Life insurance
·         Long-term disability
·         401(k) savings
·         Voluntary plans: critical care, accident or short-term disability
Time Away From Work
·         Paid time off (PTO)
·         FMLA (Family Medical Leave Absences)
Additional Perks
·         Employee discounts at area retailers
·         Free parking
·         Wellness coaching and wellness programs
·         YMCA membership scholarships

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Atlanta/Fulton County Pre-Arrest Diversion Initiative

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: Peer Support Specialist for the Atlanta/Fulton County Pre-Arrest Diversion Initiative

Title:                          Peer Support Specialist
Program: ​​                 Atlanta/Fulton County Pre-Arrest Diversion Initiative
Classification:         ​​Full Time, with evening & weekend hours as needed to implement project
Supervisor: ​​             Care Navigation Supervisor, Atlanta/Fulton County PAD

About the Position & Initiative:
The Atlanta/Fulton County Pre-Arrest Diversion (PAD) Initiative seeks an experienced Peer Support Specialist who feels passionate about redirecting people out of the criminal justice system and connecting them to the services that can transform their lives and support their path to wellness.
The primary goal of the PAD Initiative is to redirect people out of the criminal justice system who would be better served by social services and other community based supports. Specially trained police officers who have probable cause to make an arrest and believe that the offense is primarily due to mental illness, drug and alcohol addiction, or extreme poverty can offer diversion to the Initiative instead of arrest. The hallmark of the program will be intensive care navigation that offers client centered, strength-based case management with a housing first and harm reduction approach.
The primary responsibility of the Peer Support Specialist will be to develop supportive relationships with PAD participants; work closely with Care Navigators to assist participants with navigating services; and build a positive rapport in the community through outreach.

The scheduled hours are from 11am – 9pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday 8pm – Saturday 6am (overnight). This schedule is subject to change depending on the needs of the program, but will likely always include some evening and weekend hours. Please only apply if you are able to work during these scheduled hours.

·         Engages persons in the community, during outreach periods to provide information regarding partner resources;
·         Accompany Care Navigators on diversion referral interviews during diversion hours.  Must meet police officers at the scene within 30 minutes;
·         Assist with initial screening in the field and support potential PAD participants at time of diverted arrest;
·         Work as a part of the Care Navigation team to provider case management support;
·         Provide assistance with increasing participant’s awareness of available resources and assist them in accessing these services;
·         Serve as advocate and mentor to PAD participants, as appropriate;
·         Work with team to increase and ensure cultural competency (including racial, cultural, gender identity and sexual orientation) with in the community;
·         Attend meetings regarding participants and the Initiative;
·         Maintain confidentiality and respect for PAD participants or potential participants related to all personal information, including but not limited to physical and mental health status, gender identity, drug usage, conviction or arrest history, and immigrant status;
·         Commit to ongoing personal, professional, and team leadership development.
·         Demonstrated leadership or experience working in support of people who are experiencing homelessness, substance addiction, mental health issues, and/or extreme poverty, preferably in the Metro Atlanta area;
·         Experience working with formerly incarcerated people, trans people, and LGBQ people to navigate care systems;
·         Understanding of and commitment to the harm reduction philosophy and a non-judgmental approach to people’s wellness;
·         Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to remain calm under pressure and diplomatic in tense situations;
·         Lived experience as a formerly incarcerated person, sex worker, and/or a person in substance use or mental health recovery a big plus;
·         Certified Peer Specialist Certification (CPSC/GaCPS) or Certified Addiction Recovery Empowerment Specialist (CARES) a big plus;
·         Current valid Georgia driver’s license.
Salary Range: $35,000-$40,000 commensurate with experience plus benefits. Professional development opportunities available including training and mentoring in harm reduction and other PAD social service principles.

The Atlanta/Fulton County Pre-Arrest Diversion Initiative is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, qualified handicap or disabled status. We are committed to providing a workplace free of any discrimination or harassment.  People of color, the TLGBQ community, and/or individuals who have personal experience with drug use, sex work, HIV, and/or incarceration are strongly encouraged to apply. 

To apply, submit the following application documents to info@prearrestdiversion.org  (please put “PAD Peer Specialist” and your name in the subject field):

1.    A statement about your experience and interest
2.    A resume

3.    Two references

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Highland Rivers Health

**Interested applicants can submit their resume to Allyson Pinto, Peer Program Manager with Highland Rivers Health @ allysonpinto@highlandrivers.org or can apply directly to HCS through www.healthcare-staffing.com*

The CPS will facilitate recovery orientated, wellness, and skill building groups.
Support consumers in articulating personal goals and objectives for recovery and wellness. Assist consumers in identify strengths, recovery/wellness goals, setting objectives, and identifying barriers. Recognize and reporting progress consumers make toward goals/objectives. Utilizes specific interventions necessary to support consumers in meeting their recover/wellness goals. Lead as well as teach consumer how to facilitate recovery dialogues/groups. Support consumers in creating a Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP). Teach problem solving (negative self-talk and overcoming fears) techniques. Support consumers in building social skills in the community that will enhance job and support network. Develop engaging recovery orientated group material/activities/projects and outings.  Support non-CPS staff in identifying program environments that are conducive to recover; lend unique insight into mental illness and what makes recovery possible. Support consumers in obtaining services that suit that individuals recover needs. Support consumers in developing empowerment skill through self-advocacy and the use of experience to combat stigma. Be able to create and facilitate a variety of group activities that support and strengthen recovery. Prepares and conducts group activities. Develops Curriculum for Peer Support Groups Links with Community agencies to find Speakers, volunteer opportunities, community activities, etc. Encourages Peers to lead groups and motivates peers to attend CPS training. Offers support, arrange transportation, assist in linking consumers to appts, referrals to other agencies, departments, etc. Provides Peer Support services to assigned patient/client/consumers. Drives Van to pick up and take consumers home as assigned and needed. Responsible for follow up for if consumers are absent from program. Qualifications Include: High School Diploma/ GED, Certification by the Georgia Certified Peer Specialist Project. Experience in working with Mental Health / Substance Abuse. Computer skills, Organizational skills, ability to work with minimal supervision. , Must be able to pass intensive local and national criminal background investigations, drug screen and have good 7yr. motor vehicle report.

The program hours are Monday through Thursday 9:30AM-2:30PM. The CPS position would work a schedule of Monday through Friday 8:00AM-4:30PM, with some flexibility in hours.

  Work with Peer Support Programs on the following:

  • Uniform Process for Peer Café. Usage of Peer Café Monies Process.
  • Ensure each Peer Support Program is operating and maintaining Peer Council.
  • Develop database for peer support interventions for groups
  • Assist with organizing events
  • Assist with developing activities/projects
  • Educate staff on the current trends in Peer Support
  • Assist Programs develop Monthly Calendar
  • Serve as an Advocate for CPS staff
  • Assist non-CPS Staff within Peer Support with the Peer Model
  • Visit each program as necessary.