Certified Peer Specialist - ED2 Recovery+
Company: Wisconsin Community Services
Posted on: November 19, 2023
Job Responsibilities: Position Summary: 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. Peer
Specialists work 1:1 with people enrolled in the community-based
Peer Specialist programs 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. 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
- 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 recovery
- 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 services 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 individuals 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 while
participating in the peer support program and collaborate on the
creation of a plan to receive support for the duration of program
- Support individuals in navigating systems of care and encourage
the participant to communicate with other services providers to
allow for maximum self-determination and dignity in care.
- Complete Crisis Plans and document activities according to
- 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 record.
- 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 and weekly
- 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:Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Computer skills;
accurate documentation; ability to meet deadlines; knowledge of
substance use issues and mental health needs. Minimal
Qualifications: High school or GED/HSED required; graduate of state
Certified Peer Specialist training; possess current Certified Peer
Specialist certification (If such certification has not occurred by
hire, state certification must occur within the first year of
employment.); strong written and verbal communication skills.
Personal experience with mental health and substance use needs and
knowledge of recovery principles. Meet all WCS and contractor
requirements for criminal and caregiver background, driver's
record, and reference checks. Valid driver's license, automobile,
and sufficient insurance to meet agency requirements is preferred.
Other Job Information (if applicable):Work Relationships and Scope:
Has contact with a wide variety of individuals including case
managers, therapists, probation agents, treatment teams,
educational staff, families, and community resources. Personal
Attributes: Follow agency Code of Conduct; adhere to established
policies and procedures of the agency and of all funding sources;
conduct self in an ethical manner; maintain professional and
respectful relationships with program staff, other WCS staff,
individuals receiving services and all external persons and
agencies involved with service provision; sensitivity toward
cultural, ethnic and disability needs; demonstrate commitment to
agency values and mission. Working Conditions: Some of the work is
done sitting at a desk and using the computer; 40 hours per week;
flexible work schedule may include some evenings and weekends to
meet the needs of the program. Physical Demands: Position is mobile
with time spent in the community, including home visits and other
community-based locations; driving throughout Milwaukee County;
must be able to go up and down stairs. Reasonable accommodations
may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform
essential functions.pm21 PI6be9b12fd984-31181-31661017
Keywords: Wisconsin Community Services, Milwaukee , Certified Peer Specialist - ED2 Recovery+, Other , Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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