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PSC I – Peer Support Specialist (FT, AM)


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PSC I – Peer Support Specialist (FT, AM) Program Context: On April 21, 2015, San Diego county Board of Supervisors approved implementation of “Laura’s Law” (also known as Assisted Outpatient Treatment – AOT), a measure that allows courts to order certain mentally ill and violent people into compulsory outpatient psychiatric care. Telecare’s extensive experience as a provider of Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) services, our excellent long-standing working relationships with County stakeholders, and our specific recent experience implementing programs related to Laura’s Law all contribute to our enthusiastic interest in this project. Program Scope: The purpose of this project is to implement ACT Team services to a caseload of 114 people (200 per year), who have been diagnosed with serious mental illness and have been referred by the In-Home Outreach Team (IHOT). Each individual referred is a potential AOT candidate who voluntarily accepts this service, a person with AOT court settlement status, or a person with court-ordered AOT status resulting from a contested hearing. Program Opening: Program is scheduled to open to new members / patients at the end of March 2016. Ideally staff will start work on or around 3/15/16.POSITION OBJECTIVE The Peer Support Specialist (PSC I) provides both direct and indirect support services to AOT ACT members both on a group and individual basis. The Peer Support Specialist provides these services using Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Recovery principles. Works directly with clients in developing peer and community supports. Provides client assertiveness and advocacy training, acts as role model, and assists clients in accessing community resources. Provides education and support to members and their families. QUALIFICATIONS This qualified individual must be a mental health consumer and have been functionally disabled as the result of psychiatric illness at some point in his/her life for at least a three-month period and has preferably received mental health services from the County Behavioral Health System. Please specify on resume or cover letter. Must have knowledge of County community resources and public transportation. Must have knowledge of the process of mental illness and understand the needs of those with serious mental illness. Knowledge of the signs and symptoms of mental illness (i.e. auditory and visual hallucinations, aggressive talk and behavior, thoughts of self-harm or harm towards others, isolation) and the ability to assist the client to address symptoms using strategies such as positive self-talk. Experience with self-help consumer movement. Completion of or current enrollment in Peer Training/Certification course is required; WRAP facilitator training required. A valid driver’s license is required as some driving and/or transportation may be required to take clients to medical appointments, job sites, social activities and other community resources. Priority consideration will be given to candidates who have been on conservatorship or AOT status in the past. High school diploma or equivalent. Preferred: Bilingual in Spanish, Arabic, Tagalog, or Vietnamese. $.50/hr increase for qualifying skills (must verify through testing). Applicant must be fingerprinted and receive clearance from the Department of Justice and The Office of Inspector General prior to the first day of employment. Must complete CPR and First Aid training and obtain certification with four (4) weeks of hire. Starting hourly wage range – $11.49 – $12.93 Telecare Corporation is fully committed to a strong equal opportunity program. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, age, genetic information, physical or mental disability status, creed, national origin, protected veteran status, sexual orientation or other basis protected by applicable antidiscrimination laws. EOE AA M/F/V/Disability Job Location San Diego, California, United States Position Type Full-Time/Regular

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