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Peer Support Specialist Bellingham - Posting 20-078

Company: Lifeline Connections
Location: Bellingham
Posted on: June 8, 2021

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 fifty years Lifeline Connections has provided hope, help and healing to thousands of individuals in Washington State and within the Portland, Oregon metro area.Peer Support Specialist Bellingham - Posting 20-078Major Duties:The HARPS/Pathfinder Peer Support Specialist works under the supervision of the HARPS/Pathfinder Program Supervisor. This position provides peer support services to participants in the HARPS/Pathfinder fulfilling these duties, the incumbent performs the following duties independently: Provide peer counseling and support, drawing on common experiences as a peer, to validate participants experiences; Provide guidance and encouragement to participants to actively participate in their own recovery; Work with participants to identify strengths, set goals, and address barriers to engagement (transportation barriers, time management, meeting basic needs) through motivational interviewing; Work with participants to encourage self-advocacy to communicate needs; Provide consultation from a peer support perspective concerning participants experiences, responses to and opinions of treatment and experiences of recovery; Collaborate as an active team member to promote a team culture in which each participants point of view, experiences, and preferences are recognized, understood, and respected; Help participants identify, understand, and combat stigma and discrimination associated with mental health and/or a substance use disorders and develop strategies to reduce self-stigma; Advocate for the protection of participants rights in order to help improve their knowledge of their rights and the grievance procedures; Support participants in filing, mediating, and resolving grievances or complaints; Increase awareness of and support participation in self-help programs and consumer advocacy organizations that promote recovery; Serve as a liaison between the team and consumer-run programs such as self-help groups and drop-in centers. Other duties as assignedRequirements: 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 behavioral health services; In successful recovery for 2 or more years and/or a family member of an individual with mental health or substance use conditions; Current Washington State Department of Health counselor credentials required; 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 Sign on bonusApplication 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 over 75% of medical, dental, and vision costs for the employee and all dependents. There are no out-of-pocket costs for co-pays, prescriptions, or deductible under the medical plan. We also have employer paid Short Term Disability, Long Term Disability, Life Insurance and a 401(K) plan that matches dollar for dollar up to 4%. On top of all that, our 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 yearSend us your resume and let's talk about you joining our team

Keywords: Lifeline Connections, Bellingham , Peer Support Specialist Bellingham - Posting 20-078, Other , Bellingham, Washington

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