The Peer Support Employee functions as a fully integrated team member to provide expertise about the recovery process and symptom management to DMH referred transition age young adults with emotional and behavioral difficulties. S/he collaborates to promote a team culture that recognizes, understands and respects each clients’ point of view, experiences and preferences.
Must be or have been a recipient of mental health services for severe and persistent mental illness and be able to use and share this experience to benefit the team and its clients; must be able to manage own mental health symptoms and must demonstrate strong recovery orientation. Must have good oral and written communication skills. Must have skills and competence to establish supportive trusting relationships with young adults
Primary duties include provision of peer counseling and consultation to individual clients, families and team staff; act as liaison with community resources; carry our rehabilitation and support functions; assist in treatment, substance abuse services, education, and crisis intervention under the supervision of staff with professional degrees; assist in activities of daily living; provide side-by-side support, coaching and encouragement to help clients socialize and structure leisure time activities; lead individual and group social and recreational activities.