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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

Riverbend Community Mental Health, Inc., one of the largest providers of community-based behavioral health services in New Hampshire, is seeking a full-time Peer Support Specialist to join our talented Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) team in our Community Support Program working with adults living with severe and persistent mental illness.

As a Peer Support Specialist, you'll work closely with clients, providing community-based, face-to-face intervention. The Peer Support Specialist provides expertise that clinical training cannot replicate, and are fully integrated team members who provide psycho-education and coaching. They also provide essential expertise and consultation to the entire team to promote a culture in which clients’ points of view and preferences are recognized, understood, respected and integrated into support, treatment, rehabilitation, and community-based system of care.


Responsibilities: 

  • Respond to an individual’s needs in the home, community or other natural environment.
  • Provide an advocacy role on the team; approach issues from a client perspective in order to promote recovery.
  • Promote treatment goals and stabilization while drawing from one’s own lived experience in order to engage individuals. 
  • Assess individual’s needs and identify necessary services and supports.
  • Assist the individual with accessing services and supports in a timely manner, either in person or by phone.
  • Provide, along with other ACT team members, interventions to avoid unnecessary hospitalization or incarceration.
  • Provide recovery-focused support and services to promote self-care, illness self-management, wellness and recovery.

Requirements:

  • High School diploma or equivalent is required.
  • Relevant 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 with a willingness to disclose information about personal recovery and successful management of mental 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 as a Peer Support Specialist 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; substance abuse services; counseling services for children, adults, and families; 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 is a full-time position with a competitive pay rate and an outstanding benefits package including: medical, dental, vison, life and disability insurance; 403(b) with company match; flexible spending accounts for day care and/or medical expenses; tuition reimbursement; and generous paid leave — plus 8 holidays per year.

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.