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Posted: Jun 14, 2019
Peer Support Specialist
Riverbend Community Mental Health, Inc. - Concord, NH
Application Deadline: N/A

Peer Support Specialist - Crisis Treatment Center

Riverbend Community Mental Health, Inc., one of the largest providers of community-based behavioral health services in New Hampshire, is seeking per diem Peer Support Specialists for our new Crisis Treatment Center.  The Peer Support Specialist provides face-to-face support and intervention for individuals experiencing a mental health or substance use disorder crisis.  Peer Support Specialists work on an interdisciplinary treatment team in order to de-escalate the crisis.  This is a 24/7 program with several scheduling options available.  Current openings are weekends 8am-4pm, 4pm-12am, and 12am-8am, and Mon-Fri 12am-8am.

 

Responsibilities

  • Assesses individual’s needs and identifies necessary services and supports along with the multidisciplinary treatment team.
  • Assists the individual with accessing those services and supports in a timely manner.
  • Promotes crisis stabilization while drawing from one’s own lived experience in order to engage individuals in crisis. 
  • Provides an advocacy role on the team; approaches issues from a client perspective in order to promote recovery.
  • Provides, along with other team members, interventions to avoid unnecessary hospitalization.
  • Works to stabilize individuals as quickly as practicable and assist them in returning to their pre-crisis level of functioning.
  • Coordinates transportation as needed for individuals from a hospital emergency department, to their apartment, home or other residential setting to support the resolution of a behavioral health crisis. 
  • Performs duties in a manner consistent with established ethical guidelines and demonstrates professional boundaries.

Requirements

  • High School Diploma or equivalent is required.
  • Work experience and/or college level education in the human service field is preferred. 
  • Valid driver’s license, personal vehicle and auto insurance, or access to a reasonable alternative, is preferred.
  • Lived experience and a willingness to share information about personal recovery and successful management of behavioral health challenges is required. 
  • Peer Support certification that is endorsed by the State of NH, or a willingness to pursue certification, is required.
  • Training in crisis intervention and Illness Management and Recovery (IMR) is preferred.

About Riverbend

Founded in 1963, Riverbend Community Mental Health is a private, nonprofit organization providing specialized behavioral health services in central New Hampshire. Core services include 24/7 emergency mobile crisis services; counseling services for children, adults, and families; addiction recovery; and community support, vocational services, and residential programs for adults and seniors. Evidence-based models of treatment guide all our work, and we strongly believe in the power of self-directed growth and recovery.

About working at Riverbend

This per diem position offers a competitive pay rate with shift differentials.

You’ll be joining a team of focused, hard-working, creative people who are passionate about delivering high quality behavioral health services, developing innovative responses to meet critical needs, and doing work that is both challenging and rewarding. Riverbend is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to building a safe, inclusive working environment for people of all backgrounds.

About Concord New Hampshire

Concord New Hampshire is ranked one of the nation’s top micropolitan (population under 50,000) communities, year after year. Our excellent schools and colleges produce a well-educated workforce, and we are proud to be home to one of the finest health care networks north of Boston (about 1.5 hours south). In addition to our vibrant downtown, business community, and wealth of cultural offerings, the Concord area is the perfect place to raise a family, grow a business, or explore New England’s rich history, culture, and natural wonders.