BASIC FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Participate with other program staff members in implementing services that promote social development and functioning, strengthen capacity for independent living, i.e., self-care, nutrition, money management.
2. Assist with the client’s participation in developing their service plan, and help the client understand the plan components, as needed.
3. Maintain documentation of client interaction via agency’s outcome management database systems.
4. Collaborate with property management to ensure compliance with Health and Safety policy and procedures effecting program participants, staff and facility.
5. Assist clients to plan and carry out leisure time activities on evenings, weekends, and holidays.
6. Provide support and encouragement to help clients socialize, i.e., going with a client to community activities, including activities offered by consumer-run peer support organizations.
7. Organize and lead individual and group social and recreational activities to help clients structure their time, increase social experiences, and provide opportunities to practice social skills.
8. Assist consumers who have experienced social stigmatization with their sense of acceptance and affiliation.
9. Document client progress to maintain a permanent record of client activity according to the agency's established methods and procedures.
10. Share personal experiences of recovery to build a sense of hope in the recovery process.
11. Assist in the development of a culture of recovery and peer support by engaging in and supporting peer relationships.
12. Participate in daily staff organizational meetings and treatment planning review meetings.
13. Maintain client confidentiality.
14. Maintain Georgia Peer Specialist Certification.
15. Utilize a Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) and other resources.
16. Other duties as assigned.
The Program Director supervises this position.
Supervision of other staff is not required for this position.
1. Current or former recipient of mental health services which may include co-occurring substance abuse treatment.
2. Ability to model successful coping and life skills critical to individuals managing a behavioral health disorder
3. Willingness to utilize a Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) in daily life
4. Ability to use holistic, client-centered approach to recovery and mental health.
5. Ability to use or learn computer software (Microsoft Word, Excel, and email programs).
6. Able to work some weekend/evening hours.
7. Must be able to work in a team environment.
8. Able to advocate for the consumer; adept in teaching coping/life skills.
9. Must be comfortable sharing own experiences in appropriate ways; ability to keep boundaries and to form appropriate professional relationships with clients.
10. Knowledge of community resources, coping skills, and advocacy techniques helpful.
11. Knowledge of recovery-oriented treatment programs helpful.
12. Must be empathetic.
13. Must maintain client confidentiality in accordance with agency policy.
14. Must pass a GAPS (fingerprint) records check.