Peer Support Specialist - First Episode Psychosis - Paid
First Episode Psychosis
Salt Lake City, Utah
Peer Support Specialist - First Episode Psychosis Team
Schedule: Full-time, benefits-eligible position.
Benefits - Approximate full-time benefits package value = $21,000+
- Low-cost medical, dental, and vision coverage. Health savings account. 403b retirement plan with employer match (50% match up to 3%).
- Employee Assistance Program for all employees
- 33 paid days off: 11 observed paid holidays, 12 sick days, and 10 vacation days to start. Vacation increases to 12 days after 1 year, 15 days after 2 years, and more at 5 and 9 years of service.
- Sick and vacation time accrue hourly per pay period.
- $50,000 in employer-paid life insurance; additional coverage available.
- $1,200 annual employer contribution to your Health Savings Account (paid quarterly)
- Employee Referral Program including cash bonuses and paid time off
Volunteers of America, Utah builds a community-supported bridge that provides a path for those who are vulnerable to improve their lives and increase their self-reliance.
The First Episode Psychosis (FEP) Team has been created at Volunteers of America, Utah to provide support for individuals (usually youth or young adults), and their families, who are experiencing their first episode of psychosis. Goals of this specialized team are to not only treat their symptoms of psychosis through medications and therapy, but to improve the individuals’ quality of life by supporting them to achieve educational and employment aspirations and maintain interpersonal relationships. Members of the FEP team will work closely together to provide Case Management, Psychotherapy, Medication Management, Family Education/Support and Supported Employment and Education. FEP services are being provided to anyone in the community experiencing their first symptoms of psychosis, regardless of insurance or funding.
Under the direct supervision of the Program Manager, the Certified Peer Support Specialist provides individualized supportive case management to agency clients with the goals of 1) assisting clients to achieve or maintain stability and independence; 2) providing assistance accessing resources to help clients meet their housing and other needs; and 3) providing expertise about the recovery process and symptom management.
- Provide peer counseling and consultation to individual clients, families, and team staff
- Responsible for assessing service needs and coordinating access to necessary services
- Apply, acquire, and maintain benefits long term for clients
- Provide practical help and supports, advocacy, coordination, side-by-side individualized support, problem solving, direct assistance training, and supervision to help clients obtain the necessities of daily living
- Provide on-call crisis intervention
- Participate in weekly staff organizational meetings and treatment planning review meetings
- Complete documentation and meet minimum service time based on FEP requirements
- Attends work on a regular and predictable basis
Certification in Utah as a Peer Support Specialist is required and work experience with adults with severe and persistent mental illness and substance use disorders or any combination of education, experience, and training which provides the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:
- Knowledge/experience working with at-risk populations is preferred.
- Knowledge/experience collaborating with community resources.
- Excellent communication skills.
- Ability to build rapport with clients and engage them in case management.
- Ability to build and foster relationships with partner agencies.
- Ability to maintain a calm demeanor amidst potentially high distress population.
- Basic computer skills including Microsoft Word and Excel spreadsheets.
- Work is performed inside and outside of an office environment; must have ability to climb stairs, enter client homes, as well as deliver services in shelter, on the street, etc.
Submit your resume on the career page of our web site: www.voaut.org/careers
Volunteers of America, Utah is committed to creating a diverse environment, where all people feel valued, have the opportunity to do their personal best and where leadership development is fostered. The organization is proud to be an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All employment decisions are based on business needs without regard to race, ethnicity, skin color, nationality, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, mental and developmental abilities, physical ability or religious belief. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.