Title: Certified Peer Specialist
Program: Harm Reduction Program – Fort Washington Men’s Shelter
Salary Range: $42,000- $45,000 + Benefits
Duration: 12 months (possibility of contract renewal)
Schedule: Mon.-Friday, 4-day work schedule option
The Fort Washington Men’s Shelter is a 200-bed temporary shelter which Project Renewal manages under a contract with the Department of Homeless Services and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Comprehensive psychiatric, medical, and case management services are provided to homeless men who have been diagnosed with mental illness and substance abuse.
Work exclusively in shelter programs whose clients who are struggling with substance use, experienced trauma, and living with psychiatric illnesses. in mental health or substance use recovery. Provide advocacy, outreach, recovery and crisis support. Assist participants to regain independence within the community and mastery over their own recovery process. Assist participants to identify their own individual warning signs of relapse and identifying and developing individual coping strategies and crisis prevention tools. Provide supportive peer counseling with respect to mental health, substance abuse, rehabilitation strategies and self-help opportunities.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
The essential duties of the Certified Peer Specialist include but are not limited to the following activities:
Complete assessments, daily work logs and case notes.
Meet regularly with participants in the shelter providing peer service
Provide counseling services including teaching coping skills, relapse prevention strategies, wellness management and social skills to help participants become more independent and achieve their goals.
Teach independent living skills.
Assist participants to secure housing.
Connect participants to community resources and on-site support services.
Communicate/collaborate with participants’ treatment providers.
Participate in staff meetings, case conferences, and relevant trainings.
Conduct daily meetings with clients
Conduct NARCAN Trainings for both staff and clients
Conduct groups on a daily basis at assigned shelter site
Escort clients when needed to appointments, programs
Other duties as assigned.
Collaborate with participants assigned case managers to discuss clients needs/progress
High School Diploma or Equivalent
Certification or Provisional Certification as Peer Specialist or Recovery Peer Advocate.
Adequate writing and computer skills for completion of reports, case notes, and other documentation as needed in electronic health reporting system.
Personal lived experience with mental illness or substance use.
Willingness to share personal experience with others.
Teamwork: Ability to work cooperatively with peers and other staff in order to serve the needs of clients as effectively as possible
Communication: Ability to effectively communicate with all levels of staff and with clients
Computer: Proficiency in Microsoft Teams, Word, and Outlook