General Description: The Peer Support Specialist is an individual who has experienced homelessness and is now permanently housed. This individual should be able to engage and advocate for individuals who have or are experiencing homelessness. The Peer Support Specialist uses their experience, in a trauma informed way, to provide peer support services to people transitioning from homelessness into their own scattered site private apartment in Montgomery County, MD.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Engages individuals to form trust-based relationships that fosters hope for positive change, personal empowerment, and housing stability;
- Travels to numerous locations either to engage members or to support the recovery of individuals using the principles of Trauma Informed Care;
- Continue to work with individuals to identify and engage with a range of community-based supports; including going with clients to appointments and acting as an advocate for services.
- Completes detailed written record of activities for client files;
- Updates records in the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS)
- Act as a member of the peer support team;
- Reports to and meets with supervisor on a regular basis;
- Attends trainings as required and assigned by supervisor;
- Performs other duties as required and assigned.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Demonstrated experience with and knowledge of the Montgomery County’s mental health and substance use systems and an understanding of the principles of Housing First and Harm Reduction.
- Demonstrated knowledge of advocacy, self-help and empowerment programs for recipients of mental health and substance use services.
- The ability to convey a message of hope and recovery for people who were homeless.
- The ability to complete documentation requirements regarding work activities.
- High School Diploma or GED.
- Ability to use Microsoft Word and Outlook for email.
- Flexible schedule occasionally including evenings, weekends, and on-call for emergencies.
- Qualified employees must have own vehicle and a good driving record.
- Lived experience with homelessness required.
- Lived experience with the mental health system or substance use preferred.
- Peer worker certification preferred; if not certified, then ability to attend employer-sponsored certification training and subsequent peer certificate is required.
- Successful candidates must pass a pre-employment criminal background check.
Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
- While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is regularly required to stand, walk, sit; use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee frequently lifts and moves up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.
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