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Youth Peer Support Specialist
Job Code:2017-18289-003
County:Forrest
City:Hattiesburg
FT/PT Status:Regular Full Time
Education:High School Diploma
  

Summary:
Youth Peer Support Specialists are needed to work with youth and families in Forrest, Jones, and Marion Counties as part of a four-year grant. Work hours are M-F, 8a-5p Some after hours and on-call responsibilities required. 


Must be a youth ages 18-26 who identifies as a consumer or former mental health consumer. Upon hire, the Peer Support Specialist will attend DMH training to become a Certified Peer Support Specialist. 


The Youth Peer Support Specialist is a person who has received mental health services as a youth and has progressed in their own recovery from a mental health condition and / or substance use disorder and is willing to self-identify as a peer and work to assist other children and adolescents with a serious emotional disturbance. Because of their life experience, such persons have expertise that professional training cannot replicate.


For 40 years, Pine Belt Mental Healthcare Resources has served individuals throughout the Pine Belt.  Through an extensive continuum of care, we strive to enable adults with serious mental illnesses, children with serious emotional disturbances, and individuals with an addiction or developmental disability to live, work, learn, and participate fully in their communities.  Our nine county service area includes Forrest, Jones, Lamar, Covington, Greene, Jeff Davis, Marion, Perry, and Wayne Counties.  
 

Requirements:
Education/License:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent required
  • Must be a current DMH Certified Peer Support Specialist or be able to obtain certification within 90 days of hire
  • Must possess a valid Mississippi Driver's License with a satisfactory driving record
  • Reliable transportation needed to provide services in the community

  • Work Experience/Skills:

  • Knowledge of how to establish and sustain self-help (mutual support) and educational groups by soliciting input from the mental health consumers on their strengths and interests.
  • Knowledge of the signs and symptoms of mental illness and the ability to assist the client to address symptoms using strategies such as positive self-talk.
  • Must have demonstrated a minimum of six (6) months, preferably twelve (12) months, in self-directed recovery. 

  • Responsibilities:
  • Advocates for consumers by providing consumer information in terms that consumers and families can understand through various formal and informal settings.
  • Assists with targeted outreach, medication monitoring, system navigation, and advocacy.
  • Engages families and consumers to help them/loved ones to be successful and meet their goals.
  • Functions as a role model to peers by exhibiting competency in personal recovery and use of coping skills.
  • Provides a range of structured activities that are provided face to face to assist individuals in their recovery/resiliency process. These activities will support the goals of the individual's documented individual Service Plan and/or Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP).
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