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Mental Health Peer Counselor

Central City Concern, Portland, OR. 97209

Job - Health

Close Date: 03/30/2019

Central City Concern is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide comprehensive solutions to ending homelessness and achieving self-sufficiency. CCC provides many services, such as addiction treatment, employment, housing, mental health, primary care, and other related culturally specific services, to a diverse population. As an agency deeply rooted in recovery, part of our policy and commitment to a drug and alcohol-free workplace includes post-offer, pre-employment drug screens

TITLE: Mental Health Counselor, Peer
DEPARTMENT: Old Town Recovery Center, Assertive Community Treatment Team (ACT)
SCHEDULE: Monday-Friday 8:30am-5:00pm, Must be able to work a flexible schedule, including some holidays and weekends. Must share in a regular rotating on-call shift approximately every 6 weeks in which one must be able to respond to needs for crisis support 24/7 in the community.

SUMMARY: The Mental Health Counselor, Peer works as a member of a multi-disciplinary team providing intensive case management and integrated dual diagnosis treatment. The team works to address all treatment needs, including crisis management, substance abuse treatment, medication management, physical health treatment, mental health treatment, accessing benefits and entitlements, accessing appropriate and affordable housing.

1. Completion of High School or GED. QMHA (Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Sciences field or a combination of at least three year’s work, education, training or experience in chemical dependency or mental health treatment) preferred
2. Must be a self-identified person currently or formerly receiving mental health services; or a self-identified person in recovery from a substance use disorder, who meets the abstinence requirements for recovery staff in alcohol and other drug treatment programs; or a family member of an individual who is a current or former recipient of addictions or mental health services. Person must identify on the application or cover letter how they have “lived” personal experience leading to an understanding of the needs of persons with mental health & substance abuse issues.
3. Must be certified by an Oregon State Addictions & Mental Health approved training as Peer Specialist at time of hire or within first 6 months.
4. Must meet CCC privileging requirements as required by FTCA.
5. Has the competencies necessary to:
a. Communicate effectively;
b. Understand mental health assessment, treatment and service terminology and to apply the concepts:
c. Provide psychosocial skills development; and
d. Implement interventions prescribed on a treatment plan.
6. Will be required to carry an agency cell phone for work use. Cell phone will be provided by Central City Concern.
7. Must be available for after hours and holiday coverage rotation.
8. Must possess a current driver’s license, access to a vehicle, qualify as an Acceptable Driver as designated in Central City Concern’s Fleet Safety policy. Must pass an initial drivers training within 60 days of being an approved driver and continued recertification training. Must maintain vehicle insurance coverage of a minimum of $100,000/$300,000 personal auto liability coverage.
9. If in recovery, must be able to document continuous abstinence under independent living conditions or recovery housing for the immediate past two years.
10. Must pass a pre-employment drug screen, TB test, and background check. This includes clearance by the DHS Background Check Unit
11. Physical ability to bend, stoop, kneel, squat, twist, reach, pull and lift heavy objects.
12. Must be able to climb stairs several times a day.
13. Must adhere to agency’s non-discrimination policies.
14. Ability to effectively interact with co-workers and clients with diverse ethnic backgrounds, religious views, cultural backgrounds, life-styles, and sexual orientations and treat each individual with respect and dignity.

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Central City Concern is an EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER and does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of race, gender, protected veteran's status, disability, or any other protected class. Applicants seeking reasonable accommodation can contact the Human Resources department at 503-294-1681.

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