Peer Support Specialist
1. Ability to demonstrate recovery expertise – including knowledge of approaches to support others in recovery and dual recovery – as well as the ability to demonstrate his or her own efforts at self-directed recovery.
2. Conducts care management for patients in collaboration with the clinical team throughout the treatment process.
3. Assesses patient needs and assists with referrals to housing, education, employment, child care, transportation, legal services and any other needs, including Medication Assisted Treatment that would help the patient transition smoothly into the community.
4. Maintains effective communication with community partners through staffing and case review.
5. Maintains patient record in compliance with all governing bodies to include: DAODAS, DHEC, CARF, DHHS (Medicaid) and DSS.
6. Requires regular and reliable attendance.
7. Remains current by attending Safety Trainings including driver training, receive an annual Tb skin test or its equivalent, and mandatory 20 hours training for re- credentialing annually.
8. Provides assistance as needed with patients in a variety of situations, including group, recovery management, crisis situations, etc.
9. Proficiency with MS office computer software applications and/or Medical Records software applications, emails, etc.
Peer support is provided by persons having self-identified substance use disorders who can demonstrate their own efforts toward self-directed recovery. By definition, a PSS should be a person in recovery from an alcohol or other drug addiction, been a beneficiary of services, and possess the following: Bachelor’s degree preferred, Minimum of a high school diploma or GED.
· One year of active participation in a local or national self-help group or recovery movement that is evidenced by previous volunteer or work experience.
· Completion of a pre-certification program: Forty hours of SCDHHS approved training and achievement of a passing score on the written certification exam
· Experience and training in working with special populations providing care management services
· Experience in developing and maintaining working relationships with a variety of service providers
· Ability to communicate effectively in oral and written form
In addition to being well established in his or her own recovery, the applicant should be resilient. They should possess the personal and community qualities that enable them to rebound from adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or other stressors and to go on with life with a sense of mastery, competence and hope. The PSS is a staff position, and those hired should be flexible and:
· Able to demonstrate strong organizational skills; strong interpersonal and communication skills; Self-motivated, with the ability to work well independently or in groups; Able to exercise good judgment.
Please submit a letter of interest that includes days and hours you can work, as well as your resume by clicking ‘Submit Application’ below.