Certified Peer Specialist - OCA
Company: Wisconsin Community Services
Posted on: January 27, 2023
Certified Peer Specialist - OCAJob Code:
2022-SPECIALI-010Location: Specialized ServicesDepartment: Office
of Consumer AffairsFT/PT Status: Full TimeJob Responsibilities:
Position Summary:This position is located at Progressive Health
Care Clinic. The Certified Peer Specialist is a person who has
lived the experience of mental health, substance use or
co-occurring needs, is in recovery, has had formal training in the
peer specialist model of support, and has passed the State of
Wisconsin certification exam or successfully becomes certified
within one year of hire. OCA Peer Specialists work 1:1 with people
who are beginning the process of recovery. The Peer Specialists
utilize their own unique lived experience to engage the people they
are serving and role model recovery during each interaction. The
role of the Certified Peer Support Specialist is that of a coach or
mentor who through their lived recovery experience, can provide the
guidance and role modeling necessary to promote wellness, purpose
in life, develop relationships, and the insight necessary to move
forward. OCA Peer Specialists support all individuals in the
following goals: improve quality of life for individuals, promote
individuals' recovery, increase individuals' ability to effectively
deal with challenges and problem solve crises, increase
individuals' ability to manage stressors outside an inpatient
hospital setting and assist individuals in navigating between
system access points and levels of care. Essential Functions:
- Link individuals to a variety of self-determined supports and
services, including, traditional mental health services such as
case management, psychiatry and individual therapy, mutual aid
support groups, natural supports and discover other kinds of
healing and/or purposeful activities that may contribute to the
- Have contact with individuals a minimum of four times per
month; two of these contacts must be made in person.
- Provide 1:1 peer support service to people in the community
(including their home and other community-based locations).
- From a recovery perspective, provide a strength-based review of
an individual's abilities, strengths, and assets.
- Encourage participants to become the expert of their own lived
experiences and develop voice and choice around service
participation to be empowered in their recovery.
- Assist the individual in exploring goals and priorities and
collaborate on the creation of a plan to receive support.
- Support participants in navigating systems of care and
encourage the participant to communicate with other services
providers to allow for maximum self-determination and dignity in
- Complete Crisis Plans and document activities according to DHS
- Responsible for accurate documentation and maintaining case
files as required by agency policy, government regulations, and
applicable local, state, and federal codes. This includes
documenting progress notes in the electronic health record (AVATAR)
along with the Crisis Plan, as established by the BHS Crisis Plan
policy. Will also be required to enter data in Progressive EPIC
electronic health record system.
- Work with the participants' collateral and community contacts
to promote continuity of care with written and explicit consent to
support their recovery journey.
- Participate in visits with the participant as necessary to
engage them in the recovery process.
- Assist participants in their process of stabilization and
- Provide educational discussions with small groups of
- Facilitate psychosocial or other self-help, recovery-based
groups to engage participant in recognizing and understanding early
triggers or signs of usage and assist in the development of
- Active listening and positive communication skills.
- Attend and participate in staff meetings.
- Attend in-service training and conferences as required. Other
Duties and Responsibilities: 1. Other job-related duties as may be
necessary to carry out the responsibilities of the position. 2.
Other duties will be determined by the supervisor. Job
Qualifications:Minimal Qualifications: High school or GED/HSED
required;graduate of state Certified Peer Specialist training;
possess currentCertified Peer Specialist certification (If such
certificationhas not occurred by hire, state certification must
occur within the first yearof employment.); good written and verbal
communication skills. Personalexperience with mental health/AODA
and knowledge of recovery principles. Meetall WCS and contractor
requirements for criminal and caregiver background,driver's record,
and reference checks. Valid driver's license, automobile,
andsufficient insurance to meet agency requirements is
preferred.Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Good computer skills;
accurate documentation, ability to meet deadlines; knowledge of
substance use issues and mental health needs.pm21PI201786713
Keywords: Wisconsin Community Services, Milwaukee , Certified Peer Specialist - OCA, Other , Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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