Peer Support Specialist
Under the direction of the Clinical Coordinator Program Supervisor, the Peer Support Specialist provides individual and group peer support services to First Episode Clinic members and families including assistance with more effectively utilizing the service delivery system, understanding and coping with the stressors of disability, coaching, role modeling and mentoring. The position provides recovery oriented peer services as part of a multi-disciplinary team to individuals enrolled in the MIHS First Episode Clinic program designed at offering recovery oriented behavioral health services to youth and young adults experiencing their first episode of psychosis, with a goal of restoring cognitive functioning, engaging family members to strengthen natural supports, stabilizing psychiatric symptoms, and developing a clear path to recovery. These services may be provided to a person, group or family and are aimed at assisting in the creation of skills to promote long-term, sustainable recovery. This position assists the team and member to maximize and enhance member experience and choice, self-determination and decision-making in the planning and coordination of services. This position is committed to meeting the member where they are and providing services in the community, at place of employment, and home as appropriate.
Requires a High School diploma or GED. Requires prior personal or professional experience working with adults with a serious mental illness that demonstrates an understanding of the required knowledge, skills and abilities. Requires certification as a Peer Support Specialist obtained through an ADHS/DBHS approved Peer Support Employment Training program. Requires possession of, and ability to retain a current, valid AZ issued driver's license in good standing, and must carry the AZ legally required minimum insurance coverage on personal vehicle at all times. Must have a working knowledge of peer and family support services for individuals with serious mental illness. Requires the ability to relate knowledge to others on the behavioral health system and services. Must be able to self-identify as a person in recovery and demonstrate at least one year of stable recovery. Requires home and community visits and knowledge of service needs and entitlement and community resources. Requires the ability to work a flexible schedule that includes weekends, evenings and on-call rotation. Requires the ability to have a reliable form of transportation to travel throughout the community with transportation of ACT members as needed. Must have good verbal and interpersonal skills to interact with clients, visitors, and coworkers. Requires the ability to maintain highly confidential information, including a working knowledge of HIPAA. Must have the ability to work independently and seek supervision appropriately. Requires the ability to work cooperatively with people of diverse backgrounds. Must be at least 21 years of age. Requires the ability to read, write and speak effectively in English.
Living our values
At Maricopa Integrated Health System, our values inspire us to dream big and reach high. And we’re delivering some of the most sophisticated care in the country, while making a genuine difference in the lives of our patients and each other. That's the power of an environment driven by values like respect, leadership, compassion and education.
- Maricopa Medical Center, a critical care hospital - the largest teaching hospital in AZ
- The Arizona Burn Center, a nationally renowned regional burn center- 2nd largest in the nation
- A level 1 Trauma Center and emergency department
- The Arizona Children’s Center at MIHS, a 24/7 Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Unit
- The Comprehensive Healthcare Center
- The Desert Vista Behavioral Health Center
- 12 Family Health Centers located throughout Maricopa County
- Competitive wages
- Medical, dental and vision coverage
- Arizona State Retirement System Plan with a lifelong pension upon retirement
- Generous PTO + 10 holidays per year