HCBS / CORE Peer Support Specialist

JOB OVERVIEW

JOB TITLE:  HCBS / CORE Peer Support Specialist

DEPARTMENT:  Mental Health PEER Connection (MHPC)

LOCATION:  Buffalo, NY

DIRECT SUPERVISOR:  Director, MHPC

GENERAL JOB DESCRIPTION

Assist individuals with behavioral health issues eliminate functional deficits and interpersonal / environmental barriers to improve integration in their family, community, or culture. Deliver face to face person-centered, recovery-oriented, solution focused interventions to assist individuals obtain their goals and improve quality of life.

SPECIFIC DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Support the development of social and interpersonal skills needed to sustain independent community living with a focus on employment or educational goals.
     
  2. Provide Pre-Vocational Services, Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR), Family Support and Training (FST) and Empowerment Services – Peer Support to eligible adult Medicaid beneficiaries.
     
  3. Enhance social skills such as engagement, conversation and listening skills and build on support networks.
     
  4. Increase community awareness through identification and pursuit of interests, resources, and natural supports.
     
  5. Work with individuals in developing Independent Living Plans, creating Person-Centered Plans and Wellness Recovery Action Plans (WRAP).
     
  6. Assist individuals with behavioral health issues complete a Quality of Life Self-Assessment.
     
  7. Educate and assist individuals with developing Psychiatric Advance Directives (PADs) when necessary.
     
  8. Assist in developing or build upon independent living skills to support individuals to live in the community in a healthy manner.
     
  9. Assist individuals with behavioral health issues complete a Quality of Life Self-Assessment.
     
  10. Support individuals to improve their ability to live in the community in a healthy manner.
     
  11. Provide advocacy when dealing with medical or mental health personnel, housing, independent living skills, benefits advisement, peer support, information and referral and mobility training.
     
  12. Provide peer counseling to recipients of behavioral health services.
     
  13. Facilitate weekly peer support self-help groups regarding quality of life concerns.
     
  14. Accurately document consumer services and required paperwork to Western New York Independent Living, Inc.’s (WNYIL’s) Electronic Consumer Record (ECR) within two (2) working days of the date of service.
     
  15. Participate in maintaining a neat, clean and safe work environment.
     
  16. Perform other job-related duties as assigned by the supervisor.

EDUCATION & TRAINING

  • Candidate must be a certified NYS Certified Peer Specialist / Provisional, within one (1) year of being hired.
     
  • Professional and life experience may be considered in lieu of, in full or part of academic credentials.

High school diploma or equivalency
                OR
Associate Degree in social work, rehabilitation counseling, psychology or related human services field.
                OR
Bachelor’s Degree in social work, rehabilitation counseling, psychology or related human services field.

KNOWLEDGE & EXPERIENCE (if required)

High school diploma or equivalency requires four (4) years’ related work or volunteer experience with people with mental illness.
Associate degree requires two (2) years’ related work or volunteer experience with people with mental illness.
Bachelor’s degree requires one (1) year of work or volunteer experience with people with mental illness.

SKILLS & ABILITIES

  • Must be able to type thirty-five (35) words per minute.
     
  • Must be willing to travel and meet eligible candidates in the community.
     
  • Must have intermediate level of knowledge of computers including the use of Excel spreadsheets, databases, word processing and networks.
     
  • Applicant must be a current or former consumer of mental health services.
     
  • Perform in a professional, conscientious, and efficient manner for the purpose of ensuring a better quality of life for persons with disabilities.

WORKING CONDITIONS

WORK ENVIRONMENT:  Office / Community

PHYSICAL DEMANDS OF THE JOB:  Sitting for extended periods of time.
Occasional lifting of not more than 15 pounds.

HOURS / SHIFTS:  37.5 – 40 hours per week.
M – F  8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Overtime rarely required.

CLASSIFICATION:  Full-time, salary, non-exempt, Professional staff.
Range:  $35,000 - $39,500

BENEFITS:  Agency provided group health insurance.
Vision, dental, life, supplemental insurances available.
PTO and paid holiday package.
403(b) retirement with Agency match.
Employee Assistance Program

OTHER:  Western New York Independent Living, Inc. values our employee safety and follows all recommended NYS required Infectious Disease Prevention Protocols.
Western New York Independent Living, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Reasonable accommodations will be made for people with disabilities.
Western New York Independent Living, Inc. is a scent-free agency.

POSTING INFORMATION

Closing Date:  September 28, 2022

Cover Letter and Resume Required to:

Tina Brown, CHRCO
WNY Independent Living, Inc,
3108 Main St.
Buffalo, N.Y. 14214
Employment@wnyil.org