Post Date: 08/12/2019
Close Date: 09/13/2019
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 full time position at 40 hours per week. The schedule is Monday - Friday, midshift 11:00am - 7:30pm. This position works primarily in the community setting within multnomah County Public Shelter spaces, with Project Respond'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 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.
- The Peer Support Specialist must work collaboratively with partners to minimize risk to self and clients and, when necessary, quickly and accurately communicate with police agencies in emergent situations.
•Regular sitting, Standing, walking, and Keyboarding
•Occasionally stooping, lifting 20 to 50 lbs, climbing (stairs), crouching, reaching, and running
•Constant visual and auditory
Cascadia is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to status as a protected veteran or a qualified individual with a disability, or other protected status such as race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin or age.
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