Wednesday, July 26, 2017

View Point Health ACT DeKalb/Fulton

View Point Health ACT DeKalb/Fulton
Certified Peer Specialist

The Peer Specialist assists consumers of behavioral health services with daily decision-making and minor problem solving skills.  Provides emotional support and encouragement  and models appropriate behavior and social interactions. Observes and monitors participants’ behavior in the course of daily activities. Intervenes and diffuses potentially disruptive situations using established guidelines.  Refers concerns to appropriate staff as needed.  Charts observations and incidents.  Assists with evaluation of functional levels of participants.  Works with other team members to determine appropriate individual goals and objectives and to develop individualized plans for participants.

Assists participants with accessing community resources and developing self-advocacy skills. Assists with teaching daily living skills, such as cooking, hygiene, and medication management.  Assists participants with preparation to co-lead groups on planned topics related to treatment and recovery goals.  Presents educational group lectures as assigned.  

Under close supervision, assists with provision of support services, such as case management and supportive guidance. Participates in staff supervision sessions, program planning meetings, participant staffings, and in-service training.
Assesses participants’ recreational options and existing community activities.  Plans and participates in recreational activities that foster community integration and healthy relationships.

Documents participant activities and progress on appropriate forms with established procedures and within established time frames. Complies with agency rules and policies on confidentiality and as an agency employee, maintains required boundaries with program participants.

Program Description:
Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) uses a multidisciplinary team approach to provide intensive mental health treatment services to individual with severe and persistent mental illness in their homes and other community settings—24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. ACT is often referred to as a “hospital without walls” and its goal is to keep individuals out of state hospitals, jails, emergency rooms, and other institutions. ACT client have to meet a strict criteria (i.e. diagnosed with a severe and persistent mental illness, unable to maintain activities of daily living, and be unsuccessful in other form of treatment). ACT clients often have no resources and no family support and require an intensive and expeditious form of treatment.

Program Specific Duties:
Travel in all Region 3 and transport individuals when needed
Perform certain case management duties
Work afterhours and on weekends when needed
Be available to response to emergencies 24 hrs. a day when On-Call
Participate in daily morning meetings
Perform other discipline duties when appropriate and needed

Minimum Training & Experience:
Any combination of training and experience, which would have enabled the applicant to acquire the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities.  Must be a current or former recipient of behavioral health services and be willing to attend training to become a Certified Peer Specialist.

Preferred Qualifications:
Experience working with the Severe and Persistently Mentally Ill population, ACT teams, or individual identified as being frequent users of ERs, Psychiatric Hospitals, Crisis Stabilization Units, and the criminal justice system
Case management experience
Experience working in a high stress, fast pace environment with a very emotionally and physically changing population
Experience working in multi-disciplinary teams
Ability to Multi-task and manage time

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