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Behavioral Health Network

417 Liberty Street
SPRINGFIELD, MA 01104
Salary Range:Location:
Westfield MA
Job Type:Category:
Part TimeHome Healthcare
Education Level:Work Experience:
Bachelor's Degree
Preference: Preferred

Preference: Nice to have
Description:
Do you want to help create a better life for those in recovery from mental illness?

Become a Peer Specialist at the Respite Program at Behavioral Health Network! As a Peer Specialist, you will identify, assist, support, and communicate the needs of individuals in the program, including the use of personal experience, to assist in a person’s social/daily functioning. Peer Specialists facilitate not only recovery and wellness, but also psycho-educational and recreational groups. Along with this, Peer Specialists implement recovery plans. You may meet individuals in community hospitals in order to assist the transition to our Respite program. In this role, you will provide for the needs of assigned individuals, including admission/discharge tasks and transportation to and from appointments. These interactions serve to develop a comprehensive understanding of the individual’s current situation.

As a Peer Specialist, you can share your own experience of recovery to support the persons served and assist them with tasks, assisting in the organization of life activities. You will assist individuals as they apply for stable living conditions and financial entitlements. Through your work as a Peer Specialist, you will get the opportunity to mentor those in the recovery process, watching them develop a better, healthier life style because of your influence on their daily lives.

The BHN Respite is a 15-bed site serving adults, and is funded in part by the Department of Mental Health. Individuals served are provided a range of services including comprehensive evaluations, groups, and one-on-one counseling. Behavioral Health Network is a growing non-profit community behavioral health agency that has been providing services to children, adults, families and communities in Western Massachusetts since 1938. BHN provides comprehensive, outcome-driven behavioral health care. We are dedicated to offering high quality, affordable and culturally appropriate care to people of all ages and income levels in our constituent communities.
Requirements:
Peer Specialists at Behavioral Health Network have the following qualities:
• Knowledge of interviewing/counseling/recovery concepts and skills, including boundaries, confidentiality.
• Ability to work as a team member, cooperating with other staff and to follow through on individual tasks.
• Ability to relate, establish support with individuals served, family members and service providers.
• Excellent observation/communication skills.
• High motivation to work with the mentally ill population.
• Personal lived experience with mental health issues.
• BA in human service field and Spanish speaking language capability preferred.
• MA Drivers License plus registered and insured vehicle for on the job use.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please visit our website at www.bhninc.org then click on “Work Here and Make a Difference” to apply!

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