The Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) will follow Supported Employment best practices to provide behavioral health services that foster supportive peer relationships with and among the persons enrolled in IPS Employment Services and other related programs. The Certified Peer Specialist by definition is a person in recovery who will utilize her or his personal recovery experience to instill a sense of hope and optimism for persons in recovery. The Certified Peer Specialist will demonstrate a personal belief in recovery, supported employment best practices, a sincere interest in the welfare of persons in recovery and enrolled in the Center For Health and Learning IPS Supported Employment Program. The Certified Peer Specialist will demonstrate the ability to engage and serve the consumers enrolled, contribute to the overall success of the supported employment process, and carry out duties with flexibility and an individual focus. The Certified Peer Specialist will promote and contribute to the development of a culture of recovery and empowerment within and outside of the IPS Program and will uphold the integrity of program goals.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Essential Functions Of The Job
Directly provide and/or ensure the following:
Act as an integral member of the Recovery and Supported Employment Team.
Provide a role model for persons enrolled seeking supported employment services, other staff members, and service providers in the supported employment process.
Share personal experiences of recovery to build a sense of hope in the recovery and supported employment process.
Assist in the development of a culture of recovery and peer support by engaging in and supporting peer relationships.
Work with clients served to assist them in the development and implementation of an individualized and integrated Supported Employment Service plan.
Engage appropriately with persons enrolled to support them in identifying strengths, existing supports, and community resources.
Support those enrolled in obtaining individualized goals through building and strengthening of linkages with community resources and family members.
Utilize "Supported Employment" principles and concepts of employment related case management to assist clients in obtaining and retaining permanent employment in the career of their choice.
Collect data and provide feedback on goal attainment and other employment success measures to the Supported Employment Team Leader.
Network with Mental Health, Substance Abuse, Housing, Mental Health Case Management, Vocational Support, and other supportive service agencies and organizations, to build integrated support systems following Supported Employment guidelines and best practices.
Accompany and support persons enrolled in social/leisure, educational, occupational, and/or advocacy based community integration activities.
As necessary provide assistance with other supportive services needed to assist clients in obtaining their employment goals.
Refer and assist clients in obtaining necessary supportive services and provide input concerning service shortfalls and successes.
Attend meetings, training functions and other official Johns Hopkins functions as required. Safeguard confidential information.
Comply with Center for Learning and Health Policies.
Comply with applicable local, state, and federal licensing.
Have a High School diploma or GED.
Applicants must have completed the state approved training and be a Certified Peer Specialists.
A self identified current or former user of substance Abuse, mental health or co-occurring services who can relate to others who are now using these services.
Demonstrate an understanding of the "Supported Employment" model.
Within the last three years have 12 months (not necessarily consecutive) full or part-time paid or volunteer work experience: one year of college or other educational experience (within the last three years) can be substituted for work experience.
A commitment to recovery, choice, empowerment, and the ability of people with serious mental illness and/or co-occurring disorders to find meaningful lives in the community.
Ability to establish a trusting relationship with peers, including excellent interpersonal skills.
Detail oriented with good writing and organizational abilities.
Ability to network within the community and work with diverse populations.
Valid driver's license, proof of insurance and reliable transportation.
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