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Grade III Veteran Peer Support Specialist
Up to 28
$17.23 - $20.08 per hour
May 13, 2021
An employee in this position is required to perform some or all of the following:  engage persons served hospitalized for treatment of a mental illness into Community Mental Health services, using a recovery focus; provide services in therapeutically-orientated activities and skills training programs and/or in follow-up outpatient/aftercare programs; oversee and conduct various activities such as didactic groups, community trainings, community caregivers, life skills development and individual or team activities; instruct and/or assist in self-care, grooming, personal hygiene, and other activities of daily living; assist with development of independent living skills; guide development of work skills, supervise work activities, and document work performance; assist in implementing IPOS to increase service recipients’ abilities in areas of academics, social interaction, gross and fine motor coordination; transport persons served to and from program or on planned activities or field trips; document performance, behavior, and treatment progress; use approved Continuum of Intervention techniques in a safe and appropriate manner as needed; provide medication administration and observe/record response; assist casemanager/support coordinator in casemanagement activities; assist persons served/family/support system in dealing with community based services/systems; comply with Transportation Policy (09-002-0010), Alcohol & Drug Testing Policy (06-001-0010), and Background Check Policy (06-001-0015), as well as supervisors/designee directives; maintain confidentiality

St. Clair County Community Mental Health embraces an employment environment that promotes recovery and discovery with an integrated person-centered approach to treatment services that is trauma informed and culturally competent. An employee in this or any position is expected to support this environment.
The position has no supervisory responsibilities and reports to program supervisor.
Technical Skills
- High School Diploma or General Educational Development (GED) certificate
- Valid driver’s license
- Certified Peer Support Specialist or ability to become certified
- Experience as a recipient of publicly-funded mental health services
- Veteran status
- If using Agency vehicles, passing random drug and alcohol screening
- Must have access to personal vehicle

Behavioral Skills
Applicants chosen for interview will be evaluated on qualifications related to:
- Ability to utilize clear procedures for solving a limited number of routine or similar problems choosing from a few specific alternatives
- Ability to respond to directions
- Ability to exert some control over time and effort.
- Ability to provide or exchange routine information
- Ability to deal with minor conflicts tactfully
Technical Skills
- Several years’ experience in mental health field
- Lived experience with behavioral health issues
Personal demands refers to the physical demands, such as awkward positions, heavy lifting, etc., and the mental demands, such as concentration, attention, perception, etc. 
While performing duties of this job, the employee might expect light, regular physical demand, such as constant standing or walking; close attention, such as observation of gauges, timers, etc. The employee may occasionally be required to utilize CMH approved physical management techniques.
Work environment refers to the elements of work surroundings which tend to be disagreeable or to make the work more difficult.  These include, but are not limited to:  dust, oil, fumes, water, heat, cold, vibrations, noise, dirt, etc. 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee might expect comfortable conditions; occasional noise; limited exposure to disagreeable work elements.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential job duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

Any offer of employment is contingent upon a criminal background check, reference checks, Recipient Rights check, DHHS Central Registry check (for direct-care candidates), and a five (5) panel drug screen. Potential candidates will be sent to Industrial Health Service for the drug screen at their own expense ($28). The candidate will be reimbursed the cost of the drug screen upon the Agency’s receipt of negative test results.

This position is represented by AFSCME Chapter 10, Local 3385. Internal candidates are given first consideration. Postings close at 5:00pm of the "Applications Close Date."
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