Certified Peer Specialist

Valley Youth House empowers and strengthens the lives of children, youth and families through inclusive programming that builds resilience and fosters growth and independence.

We are currently looking for a qualified applicant to fill the following position: - FT - Certified Peer Specialist - ($15hr)

Job Description:  Under the President and CEO, and the Senior Vice President's authority, and the Transitional Age Youth Certified Peer Specialist Supervisor, the Certified Peer Specialist worker provides one on one support to build resources that exist in the community and provides mentoring and coaching, connecting individuals with service and community supports to aide in their own personal interventions and mental health recovery.

Essential Functions:
  1. To maintain a caseload of up to 24 hours of face to face billable contact with clients (full time) and 10 hours of face to face billable contact with clients  (part time) as they are assigned by Valley Youth House.
  2. To successfully engage and maintain clients in the Certified Peer Specialist program.
  3. To service clients in their homes, schools and other community settings.
  4. To provide one-on-one support and encouragement to young adults to assist them with developing individual service plans aimed at increasing their active participation in person centered planning and delivery of individualized services.
  5. To provide the prescribed hours of service as assigned on a weekly basis 90 % of the time or more.
  6. To attend supervision and training to maintain CPS requirements.
  7. To support young adults in problem solving related to community reintegration and developing mental health advanced directives.
  8. To provide ethical service consistent with CASSP principles.
  9. To assist individuals with the development of self-help skills and facilitate activities that lead to increased self-worth and education of community outreach.
  10. To provide transportation (as a non-billable service) and assistance to individuals in the community setting with the aim of teaching and advocating for the youth.
  11. To perform administrative responsibilities including progress notes, activity logs, and timesheets and to submit them within the required timeframe.
  12. To keep the TAY-CPS supervisor informed of any unusual or high risk situations.
  13. To follow the policies, procedures and rules in the agency personnel policies, employee handbook, and program manual.
  14. To immediately report to the supervisor 1) any situation in which a child, family member, or another person is at risk of imminent harm and/or, 2) a death occurs in any open case or a case open at the agency within the last 90 days.
  15. To immediately report to the supervisor any situation in which a client is threatening to sue Valley Youth House.
Other Duties:
  1. To represent the program at clinical meetings when requested.
  2. The accurate and timely completion of personnel material at the onset of employment.
  3. To complete other related tasks as appropriate or assigned.
  4. Supporting agency values and goals.

Qualifications: The Certified Peer Specialist worker shall be a mature person with sound judgment and represent an appropriate role model to youth and families.  He or she must be and individual who has never been convicted of any child abuse offences and must have Act 33-34 clearances.  He or she must possess the educational and/or experiential qualifications as set forth by the Department of Public Welfare, Office of Medical Assistance.  The candidate will have received or is receiving mental health services for a serious emotional disturbance or serious mental illness, be at least 18 years of age, and have a high school diploma or general equivalency diploma.  The agency shall not discriminate against staff or individuals receiving services on the basis of race, color, creed, disability, religious affiliation, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, ethnicity, or economic status, and must observe all applicable State and Federal statutes and regulations.

This agency is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. Valley Youth House provides all applicants for employment and all employees with equal opportunity for employment and promotion without regard to age, gender, race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, ancestry, disability, marital status, veteran status, genetic information, or any other classification protected by state or federal law.  This nondiscrimination policy extends to all terms, conditions and privileges of employment as well as the use of all VYH facilities, participation in VYH sponsored activities and all employment actions such as hiring, job assignments, promotions, compensation, benefits and termination of employment.