Job Title: Peer Support Specialist 3 – #1493

Employer’s Name: Central Counties Services

Location of the position:Temple, TX

Full time, part time, permanent, short-term, contracted position: Full time

Brief (1-2 sentence) organization description: Central Counties Services (CCS) is a high quality sophisticated treatment agency that proudly serves the citizens in Bell, Coryell, Hamilton, Lampasas, and Milam counties. Altogether serving over 70,000 people with mental disabilities since 1967.

General instructions to apply: Visit our website: www.centralcountiesservices.org Click on Employment tab and then click Jobs. Select the position that interest you and start the application process.

Job role and purpose: This is a grant funded position, and employment is contingent upon continued funding. The Peer Support Specialist (PS) is an active member of the Temple Day Program and provides peer support services to clients with serious and persistent mental illness. Under the supervision of the Program Specialist IV, the PS will function as a role model to peers; exhibiting competency in personal recovery and use of coping skills; and serve as a consumer advocate, providing consumer information and peer support for clients in an outpatient clinical setting. The PS performs a wide range of tasks to assist peers of all ages, from young adult to older adults, in regaining
independence within the community and mastery over their own recovery process. Recovery resources such as booklets, tapes, pamphlets and other written materials will be utilized by the PS in the provision of services. This is a grant funded position, and employment is contingent upon future grant funding.

Required qualifications:
– High School Diploma or GED
– At least one year as a consumer in a mental health system.
– Must be certified as a Peer Support Specialist by Via Hope.
– Ability to speak before groups and in community settings.

Preferred qualifications:
Knowledge/Skills/Abilities
– Central Counties Services incorporates principles of trauma-informed care, which includes cultural sensitivity, in all areas of service delivery. All job descriptions include the responsibility to learn about and implement trauma-informed practices within the scope of work for the position.
– Knowledge of the Recovery process and the ability to facilitate recovery using established standardized mental health processes.
– Knowledge and skill to teach and engage in basic problem solving strategies to support individual clients in self-directed recovery.
– Knowledge of the signs and symptoms of mental illness (i.e. auditory and visual hallucinations, aggressive talk and behavior, thoughts of self-harm or harm towards others, isolation) and the ability to assist the client to address symptoms using strategies such as positive self-talk.
– Knowledge and skill sufficient to use community resources necessary for independent living and ability to teach those skills to other individuals with severe mental illness. Community resources may include but are not limited to: Social Security office, Department of Family and Children services, local recreation centers, library, restaurants,
clients’ service organizations, housing providers, etc. The PS may accompany clients to community resources to assist them in accessing these resources.
– Knowledge of how to establish and sustain self-help (mutual support) and educational groups by soliciting input from the mental health consumers on their strengths and interests.

Relationship Skills
– Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
– Work behavior must be compatible with Center value statement and Policies and Procedures Manual contributing to an environment of problem solving, building trust, conflict resolution, and customer service.
– Ability to perform tasks effectively and efficiently.
– Ability to plan and schedule work and implement directives without constant supervision.
– Ability to present a professional appearance and conduct when representing the Center.
– Ability to work cooperatively and productively with supervisor, individuals, co-workers, and groups of persons at all levels of activity, contributing to a strong spirit of teamwork.
– Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, other agencies and the general public using tact, courtesy and good judgment.

Additional Requirements
– Must have and maintain a valid drivers’ license with an acceptable driving record.
– Regular attendance and reliability is critical to business operations.

To whom the position reports (supervisor): Program Supervisor

Salary and benefits info: Salary range: $13.39 – $14.49 per hour
– Health insurance
– Dental insurance
– Vision insurance
– Life insurance
– Employee Assistance Program
– Flexible Spending Account
– Health Savings Account
– 401k
– 401k Matching
– Paid Time Off

Deadline for application: Friday, July 23, 2021