The Behavioral Health division of the Health & Human Services department is seeking a Peer Recovery Support Specialist to join the Community Alternative Response Team (CART). CART provides intensive case management services to adults living with a mental health condition, with a focus on early engagement services and diversion from civil commitment. In this position, you will work on an interdisciplinary team that consists of senior psychiatric social workers, a registered nurse, a vocational counselor, a case management assistant, and a human services representative.
The Peer Recovery Support Specialist will establish connections with residents and provide support that is anchored in a shared lived experience. The focus of the work will be on outreach & engagement, crisis intervention, illness management and recovery education, planning and goal development, modeling health and wellness practices, and bridging clients to resources that match their stated goals. The best-qualified applicants will operate from a person-centered lens with an ability to comfortably serve individuals at various stages of their recovery.
Location and hours:
This position is hybrid and will be performed at various locations through out the community and remotely as job duties require. Work hours will typically be Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. When in-person, this position will require working evenings and weekends to provide community outreach services. While this position is designated as hybrid, based on current requirements hires must reside or be willing to relocate to Minnesota or Wisconsin.
In this position, you will:
Provide mental health and substance use disorder information and resources to residents, normalize and validate lived experiences, and connect clients to resources that match their stated recovery goals
Accompany individuals to appointments in the community related to treatment, support, and meeting basic needs
Provide person-centered services that honor residents’ choice and agency and actively engages them in decisions about their own life and health
Advocate for client’s desired recovery path and incorporate their strengths, hopes, and dreams into assessment and planning processes
Communicate with interdisciplinary team members during team meetings and on an individual basis to coordinate collaborative care for residents that is rooted in a person-centered service delivery model
Coordinate and assist in training and education around person-centered thinking concepts, early engagement and diversion, and illness management and recovery.
Initiate and maintain case records in SSIS, respond to messages in Outlook, and via phone
Need to have:
A valid driver's license and access to reliable transportation to travel to Hennepin County worksites that are not easily accessible by public transportation.
One of the following:
Completion of two years or more of college, in social/behavioral sciences or another field related to the area.
Two years or more of experience working in a community outreach or public health setting.
Nice to have:
Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS) or have eligibility and willingness to become a CPRS within the first six months of employment.
Serving individuals living with a mental health condition and/or substance use disorder.
Employing person-centered thinking and harm-reduction strategies with individuals.
County and community resources for mental health, substance use disorder, social services, and basic needs.
Person-Centered Thinking, Illness Management & Recovery, and Harm Reduction principles.
Civil commitment process.
Candidates with fluency in another language(s) in addition to English are encouraged to apply. Bilingual candidates who pass a language assessment may qualify for additional bilingual pay and duties.