Salary $43,680.00 - $55,902.80 AnnuallyLocation Hennepin CountyJob TypeFull-timeRemote EmploymentFlexible/HybridDepartmentHuman Services and Public HealthJob Number23HSPH444TV039Closing1/25/2023 11:59 PM Central
Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health (HSPH) Behavioral Health division is seeking a Peer Recovery Support Specialist to join the Diversion and Recovery Team (DART). DART serves Hennepin County adults living with a substance use disorder, experiencing housing instability, and wanting to make quality of life improvements. In this position, you will work alongside a team of social workers, senior social workers, peer support specialists, registered nurses, and a vocational counselor that serve DART participants.The Peer Recovery Support Specialist will engage individuals who have been petitioned for chemical dependency commitment and are being engaged in a less restrictive alternative through DART case management. The best candidate will establish connections with residents anchored in a shared lived experience, normalizing and validating lived experiences, and bridging clients to resources that match their stated recovery goals while acting as the liaison with internal and external care team members. The best-qualified applicants will operate from a harm-reduction position with an ability to comfortably serve individuals in a variety of recovery avenues and support their autonomy and dignity by connecting the individual with community resources that match their goals. Current Hennepin County employees who refer a candidate hired into an open competitive position may be eligible for a $500 referral bonus. For more information visit the employee referral program page.Location and Hours:This position is hybrid, working primarily face-to-face in the community and at the Behavioral Health Center on 1800 Chicago Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55405, with remote work as job duties require. Work hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Occasional evenings may be required. While this position is designated as hybrid, based on current requirements hires must reside in Minnesota or Wisconsin.New employees who are hired into remote or hybrid positions between January 2, 2022 to December 31, 2024, will receive $500 toward the cost of establishing consistent internet connectivity, payable upon completion of 6 months of employment.About this position type:This is a full-time, benefit-earning position.This position is internally classified as a Community Health Worker.Click here to view the job classification specification.In this position, you will:
Work alongside Hennepin County pre-petition screening team to support a pilot program of diversion from chemical dependency civil commitment.
Support individuals who have been petitioned for chemical dependency commitment; explore whether a less restrictive alternative to commitment is available and realistic for the individual.
Advocate for client’s desired recovery path while maintaining positive working relationships with partner agencies through a client’s transitions of care, between and amongst medical facilities, other Mental Health (MH), Substance Use Disorder (SUD), and/or housing programs.
Work with a variety of partner agencies, including but not limited to the Behavioral Health and Wellness Clinic, American Indian Community Development Corporation (AICDC), crisis residences, hospitals, withdrawal management, board and lodges, and substance use treatment agencies.
Provide mental health and substance use disorder information and resources to residents, normalize and validate lived experiences, and connecting clients to resources that match their stated recovery goal.
Provide person-centered services that honor residents’ choice and agency and actively engages them in decisions about their own life and health.
Accompany individuals to appointments in the community related to treatment, support, and meeting basic needs.
Facilitate harm reduction recovery groups.
Initiate and maintain case records in SSIS, respond to messages in Outlook, and via phone.
Need to have:
The ability to interact effectively and respectfully with clients/customers in need.
A valid driver's license, the ability to obtain a Hennepin County drivers permit, and daily access to your own vehicle sufficient to transport residents to appointments.
Nice to have:
Be a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS) or be eligible and willing to become a CPRS within the first six months of employment.
Serving individuals living with substance use disorder and/or mental health condition.
Employing harm-reduction strategies with individuals.
Function well in unpredictable and challenging situations calling for sensitivity, flexibility, and resourcefulness.
Work well in a group setting, be accountable to the team.
Interact with people from diverse backgrounds including efforts towards disparity reduction.
Apply Harm Reduction principles in a work or community setting.
County and community resources for mental health, substance use disorder, social services, and basic needs.
Person-Centered Thinking and Harm Reduction principles.
Civil commitment process.
In addition to English, candidates with fluency in another language such as Spanish, Ojibwe, or Somali are strongly encouraged to apply. Bilingual candidates who pass a language assessment may qualify for additional bilingual pay and duties.About the department:Human Services delivers a variety of services to individuals or families that assist with basic needs or encourage client change around specific objectives. We work with individuals as well as systems and communities in order to develop policy and advocate for the people we serve. The people we serve and our communities are connected. By helping one, we help the other.About Hennepin County:Hennepin is the largest county government organization in Minnesota. Our employees work every day to improve the health, safety and quality of life for our residents and communities. All of our jobs align to one or more of our overarching goals -- that Hennepin County residents are healthy, protected and safe, self-reliant, assured due process, and mobile.Our employees receive a combination of generous benefits and positive workplace culture not found at other organizations. This includes meaningful work that impacts our community, competitive pay, work-life balance, a variety of benefits and opportunities to grow. Learn more at The Bridge (select Guest). Hennepin County envisions an organization where our commitment to diversity and the reduction of disparities is fundamental in providing excellent service to our community.Your future. Made here.This posting may be used to fill current and future vacancies.