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Peer Support Specialist (PSS), Shelter Services

Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare, NE Portland

Job - Non-Profit

Close Date: 09/08/2019

Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare, one of the largest community behavioral health providers in the state of Oregon, delivers whole health care -- integrated mental health and addiction services, primary care and housing -- to support our communities. Our approach is recovery-oriented and trauma-informed. Cascadia hires innovative, compassionate and dedicated staff who are aligned with trauma-informed care and who are committed to working effectively with diverse community populations, and who are expected to strengthen such capacity if hired.

This is a part time position at 20 hours per week. The schedule is Monday, Tuesday 11:00am - 7:30pm, and Wednesday 11:00am - 3:00pm. The work is performed primarily in the community setting within Multnomah County Public Shelter spaces, with the incumbent's home base located in NE Portland.

The Project Respond Peer Support Specialist provides outreach and support to individuals identified in Multnomah County Publically Funded Shelters as having behavioral health challenges that are impacting their use and success in the shelter. The Peer Support Specialist will provide engagement, de-escalation, and advocacy to support individuals in regaining stability and maintaining shelter placement. This position is part of a team providing service to individuals staying in the Multnomah County Publically Funded Shelters and approaches work with people from a trauma-informed, strength-based, perspective. This position works in concert with programs in Multnomah County's Acute Care Continuum. The Peer Support Specialist models wellness and recovery while offering acceptance, hope, options, opportunities, problem solving, non-directive and supportive peer services based on respect and mutuality through similar or shared lived experiences to individuals that are referred to them. The employee works collaboratively with shelter service providers, mental health and physical health care providers, police agencies, emergency departments, school personnel, and other social service agencies to assure the best possible treatment for clients, while supporting a trauma-informed care environment.

High school diploma, GED or equivalent is required. Must have a completed Peer Wellness or Peer Support Training approved by The Oregon Health Authority (OHA).

Must self-disclose as a current or former user of behavioral health services and must have personal experience with wellness and recovery. Some work experience working with adults with severe and persistent mental health challenges is preferred.

Specialized Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Understanding of Peer Wellness practices
- Operate computer hardware and software at a level needed to effectively perform job functions including the ability to operate Electronic Health Record software

Possess a valid driver's license, three year driving history; clean driving record, ability to pass Driver Motor Vehicle (DMV) check and complete the Cascadia online Defensive Driving course.

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