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PACT Peer Support --- Employment Specialist --- Posting 22-093

Company: Lifeline Connections
Location: Bellingham
Posted on: May 16, 2022

Job Description:

Job Description Agency Background: Lifeline Connections is a not-for-profit agency that is recognized as a leading behavioral health treatment provider in Washington State, offering a full continuum of care for individuals who have a behavioral health condition. Lifeline Connections' patients receive an unprecedented level of care by highly skilled professionals who know how to help people find and sustain long-term recovery. For over sixty years Lifeline Connections has provided hope, help and healing to thousands of individuals in Washington State and within the Portland, Oregon metro area. PACT Peer Support --- Employment Specialist --- Posting 22-093 Major Duties: The Peer Support Specialist works under the supervision of the Team lead with clinical oversight provided by program MHP or SUDP. This position provides community based mental health clinical services to patients. In fulfilling these duties, the incumbent performs the following duties independently: Provide peer counseling and support, drawing on common experiences as a peer, to validate patients--- experiences and to provide guidance and encouragement to patients--- to take responsibility and actively participate in their own recovery. Serve as a mentor to patients to promote hope and empowerment. Act as an interpreter to assist team members without lived experience to better understand and empathize with each patient---s unique and subjective experience and perceptions. Provide expertise and consultation from a behavioral health participant perspective to the entire team concerning patients------ experiences on symptoms of mental illness, the effects and side-effects of medications patients------ responses to and opinions of treatment, and patients------ experiences of recovery. Collaborate with the team to promote a team culture in which each patient---s point of view, experiences, and preferences are recognized, understood, and respected, and in which patient self-determination and decision-making in treatment planning are maximized and supported. Help patients identify, understand, and combat stigma and discrimination associated with mental health and substance use disorders and develop strategies to reduce self-stigma. Help other team members identify and understand culture-wide stigma and discrimination against people with mental health and substance use disorders and develop strategies to eliminate stigma within the team. Collaborate with the team to ensure the protection of patients------ rights in order to help patients--- to improve their knowledge of their rights and grievance procedures. Collaborate with the team to help patients--- learn about pertinent grievance procedures and support patients--- with filing, mediating, and resolving grievances. Increase awareness of and support patient participation in mutual-help programs and advocacy organizations that promote recovery. Serve as the liaison between the team and peer-run programs such as mutual-help groups and drop-in centers. Shared duties in the provision of treatment and substance use services. Requirements: High school diploma or equivalent required; College degree in a social science preferred; Possess certification as a Certified Peer Support Specialist consistent with WAC 246-341, or ability and willingness to obtain certification within 60 days of employment, and disclose self to be a consumer of mental health services; In successful recovery for 1 or more years and/or a family member of an individual with mental health or substance use disorder. At least one year of training and experience in employment services (e.g., job development, job placement, supported employment). Preference will be given to people who have training and experience in working with individuals with mental illness within the IPS model of support employment. Current Washington State Department of Health agency affiliated credentials required prior to starting the position; Familiarity with Washington State regulations related to the provision of mental health services (RCW 71.05) and substance use services (WAC 246-341); Current unencumbered driver license and proof of current car insurance required; Good verbal and written communication skills; Great attendance; and Ability to work well with others. Salary: DOE Application Process: Submit a cover letter and resume to Human Resources. We will only accept resumes with a cover letter specifying the position title and posting number of the position you are applying for. For more information on this and other positions, please visit our website at The Benefits: Lifeline Connections is striving to be your employer of choice by offering our regular/full time employees a generous benefits package. The plan covers 85% of medical, dental, and vision costs at the employee level and 75% for all dependent plans. The majority of out-of-pocket costs for co-pays, prescriptions, and deductible under the medical plan are also covered. We also have employer paid Short Term Disability, Long Term Disability, Life Insurance and supplemental coverages. Our fulltime employees and some part time employees also qualify for our 401(K) plan that matches dollar for dollar up to 5%. On top of all that, our fulltime employees receive approximately 4 weeks of paid time off during their first year of employment (accrual rates increase with years of service), as well as 3 personal holidays and 10 paid holidays per year There are many other supplemental benefits we are glad to offer such as tuition reimbursement and discounted cellular service amongst others. Send us your resume and let's talk about you joining our team

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