Certified Peer Support Specialist - DHS Waukesha
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 to be
certified upon hire. Peer Specialists work 1:1 with people enrolled
in the DHS Peer Specialist Program as they identify their needs
throughout their recovery journeys. The Peer Specialists utilize
their own unique lived experience to engage the people they are
serving and role model recovery during each interaction. 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 within the Waukesha County, 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 process.
- Maintain both in person and virtual contact with individuals
per request by DHS.
- Provide 1:1 peer support services to people in Waukesha County
(including in the DHS office, the peers home and other
- Assist the individual in exploring goals and priorities while
participating in the peer support program.
- 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.
- Support individuals in navigating systems of care and encourage
the participant to communicate with other services providers,
including Probation Agents, to allow for maximum self-determination
and dignity in care.
- Assist DHS with facilitating evening groups.
- Responsible for accurate documentation and maintaining case
files as required by agency policy, government regulations, and
applicable local, state, and federal codes.
- Communicate and collaborate with assigned Probation Agents on a
bi-weekly basis, at minimum, to share updates on progress being
made towards recovery goals.
- Work with the participants' collateral and community contacts
to promote continuity of care with written and explicit consent to
support their recovery journey.
- Assist participants in their process of stabilization and
- Provide educational discussions with small groups of
participants as needed or requested.
- Attend and participate in staff meetings and weekly supervision
- Attend in-service training and conferences as required. Other
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Other job-related duties as may be necessary to carry out the
responsibilities of the position.
- 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, mental health needs, and be familiar with
local recovery services.Minimal Qualifications:
- High school or GED/HSED required
- Graduate of state Certified Peer Specialist training
- Possess current Certified Peer Specialist certification
- Strong written and verbal communication skills
- Personal experience with mental health and substance use needs
and knowledge of recovery principles
- Valid driver's license, automobile, and sufficient insurance to
meet agency requirements.
- Meet all WCS and contractor requirements for criminal and
caregiver background, driver's record, and reference checks. Other
Job Information (if applicable):Work Relationships and Scope: Has
contact with a wide variety of individuals including probation
agents, case managers, therapists, families, and community
resources. Peer Support Specialist will be embedded in the Waukesha
County Mental Health Clinic.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 Waukesha 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
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