Youth Peer Support Partner

MaineHealth | Portland, ME

Posted Date 12/05/2018
  • Position Summary
    • The Youth Peer Support Partner will provide peer support through one-on-one meetings with youth peers, facilitation of peer support groups, education, and outreach. The Youth Peer Support Partner supports Behavioral Health Home (BHH) Program attendees in connecting to wellness/recovery opportunities in the community and accessing other community support services when appropriate. The Youth Peer Support Partner will work collaboratively with the BHH program to support clients in meeting their self-directed life, wellness and/or recovery goals. A Behavioral Health Home is NOT a residence, home, or a place where people live. The BHHO is a team approach to case management that includes a case manager, nurse care manager, and a Peer Support Specialist. The BHHO provides better care coordination and access to services that address both mental and physical health, as a whole person approach to wellness.

      Maine Behavioral Healthcare (MBH) defines “Peer” as a person who has personally experienced challenges maintaining mental health, which includes recovery from substance use. These challenges and the resulting experiences of addressing them are referred to as “lived experience” and may include a history of accessing services in the mental health system. A Youth Peer Support Partner is a peer that is willing to self-identify on that basis and is effective in communicating about their lived experience in a way that fosters a healthy relationship, centered on each person exploring wellness, challenges, and ways of thinking. It is required that a person has lived experience as part of their life story to be employed as a Youth Peer Support Partner

  • Required Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs)
    • High school diploma or equivalent required; some college preferred
    • Is receiving or has received services and supports related to the diagnosis of a mental illness and is willing to self-identify on this basis with peers and in the community. May be receiving or has received services and supports related to a history of substance use, is in active recovery, and willing to self-identify on this basis with peers and in the community
    • Completion of, or ability to complete, State of Maine Certified Intentional Peer Support Specialist (CIPSS) Certification is required. Provisional CIPSS Certification is required within 9 months of hire date. Ability to maintain certification is required (meet co-reflection and continuing education requirements). Ability to provide support according to the values and principles of IPS is required. Employment will be contingent on the above certification guidelines.
    • Experience providing one-on-one and/or group facilitation peer support is preferred.
    • Models strengths-based interactions and treats all individuals with respect.
    • Demonstrates ability to utilize strengths-based approach to problem solving
    • Ability to articulate the unique nature of Peer Support within traditional service programs
    • Good communication skills and an ability to establish rapport with consumers, family members, caregivers and other resource providers. Willingness to further develop communication skills (i.e. written, verbal, and computer.) Demonstrated ability to keep focus on continual learning and moving towards positive goals rather than away from what is not wanted
    • Ability to work a flexible work schedule, including evenings and weekends
    • Computer proficiency required with ability to demonstrate basic computer skills in using Microsoft Office and Outlook email
    • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of volunteers, fellow workers, communities, resources and cultures. Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively
    • Driving license and reliable transportation
Geographic Region
Greater Portland/Casco Bay

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