The Behavioral Health service area of Hennepin County's Health and Human Services department is seeking a Peer Support Specialist, Senior to work in the Behavioral Health Center. The Behavioral Health Center serves Hennepin County residents living with substance use disorders and/or mental health conditions. The Peer Support Specialist will establish connections with residents anchored in a shared lived experience, provide mental health and substance use disorder information and resources to residents, normalizing and validating lived experiences, and connecting clients to resources that match their stated recovery goals.Location and hours:
This position is on-site and located on the first floor at the Behavioral Health Center at 1800 Chicago Avenue in Minneapolis, MN 55404. The walk-in services are currently open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. - 9 p.m, with weekend expansion anticipated within the next year. This position will work 40 hours per week between the hours of 8 a.m. and 10 p.m., which may include weekend hours. This position primarily works in the walk-in center and may go out into the community with residents at times.
In this position, you will:
Communicate with interdisciplinary team members during team meetings and on an individual basis to coordinate collaborative care for residents that is rooted in a harm reduction and non-coercive service delivery model.
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 goal.
Provide person-centered services that honor resident's 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.
Initiate and maintain case records in the Social Services Information System (SSIS), respond to messages in Outlook, and via phone.
Provide outreach and engagement with residents in withdrawal management.
Need to have:
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 related work experience.
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.
Applying Harm Reduction principles in a work or community setting.
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 effectively and respectfully with residents that come to the center for support.
Effectively interact with people from diverse backgrounds including efforts towards disparity reduction.
County and community resources for mental health, substance use disorder, social services, and basic needs.
Person-Centered Thinking and Harm Reduction principles.