Peer Specialist - Employment Specialist CRC


Under direction of the Client Run Center Program Coordinator, the Peer Advocate – Employment Specialist will provide outreach, mental health education, employment support/resources, and life skills training to clients who are part of CRC/VWC and interested in eventually getting a job or in keeping a job. Works in coordination with WC, CRC, and VES program staff to provide classes on career exploration, writing a resume, interviewing for a position, how to get a job, and how to keep a job. Also provides a support group for clients who are working and need to continue to problem solve mental health recovery-related issues to maintain work status. Completes required COS paperwork for documentation per LAC-DMH charting requirements and Center timelines. Attends meetings as required.

Provide individual and group peer support to clients in CRC and VWC who express interest in working, including outreach/engagement, recovery – oriented career exploration services, skills training, education, and employment resources.
Provides life skills training to clients interested in working so they can continue a mental health recovery plan that includes work.
Provides a support group each work for clients who are actively working so they can problem-solve with peer support and remain employed.
Identifies and educates clients about employment resources, and steps to developing a career.
Educates clients about how to pursue educational activities that support finding work in the long term, so that career exploration resources are tapped into.
Tracks numbers of clients who are engaging in pre-employment work activities and address an interest in career exploration, getting a job, or going to school.
Educates clients about how benefits and work earnings affect each other, and highlights the values of working.
Complete COS billing as required.
Attends meetings as assigned.
Completes other duties as assigned by the CRC Program Coordinator/designee.
Complete all Center paperwork on a daily or as needed basis.
Demonstrate and model mental health recovery, sharing lived experience as appropriate to serve as role model for clients.
Offer individual and group peer support that focuses on getting and/or keeping a job. .
Other duties as assigned.
Must act in accordance with all Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 and related state law confidentiality requirements. Must successfully complete the Center’s HIPAA training, pass the HIPAA test, and receive the Certification of Compliance.
Regular attendance is an essential function of the job.
Interacting with other employees at work is an essential function of the job.
Arriving at work on time and not leaving early is an essential function of the job.
Personal and professional knowledge of mental illness.
Experience working with adults and speaking to groups.
Ability to communicate effectively, build trust with members, and is culturally sensitive with a diverse group of mental health consumers.
BA degree in mental health related field preferred.
Successful completion of a Certified Peer Counseling Program with Certificate.
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