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Community Support Specialist- COAP
Job Code:2022-COAP-7.27
County:Forrest
City:Hattiesburg
FT/PT Status:Regular Full Time
Education:Bachelor's Degree
  

Summary:
Pine Belt Mental Healthcare Resources is seeking an energetic and motivated Community Support Specialist to provide intervention for psychosocial conditions that contribute to individuals living with mental illness and/or substance use issues in Forrest County. This position plays a vital role in providing case management services to those with a long-term mental illness and substance use. The Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program (COAP) aims to reduce opioid abuse and the number of overdose fatalities. The focus of the grant is to identify, respond to, treat and support those impacted by the opioid epidemic.  The community Support Specialist will have contact with each client as much as necessary to maintain stability. This role will help clients set individual goals and work toward accomplishing specific objectives.   Travel and on call duties are included.

The ideal candidate would have previous behavioral health experience and the ability to work independently to find resources for the consumers served.


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 thirteen county service area includes Forrest, Hancock, Harrison, Jones, Lamar, Covington, Greene, Jeff Davis, Marion, Pearl River, Perry, Stone and Wayne Counties. 

Requirements:
  • Bachelor's degree in behavioral healthcare required
  • Must have reliable transportation to provide community services
  • Must have a valid driver's license with a satisfactory driving record
  • Must be able to obtain a DMH case management certification within 90 days of hire
  • Excellent communications skills required
  • Experience working with SMI population preferred

  • Responsibilities:
  • Identifies strengths which will aid in the individual in their recovery and the barriers that will challenge the development of skills necessary for independent functioning in the community.
  • Provides psychoeducation on the identification and self-management of prescribed medication regimen and communicates with the prescribing provider.
  • Assists the individual in accessing needed services such as medical, social, educational, transportation, housing, substance abuse, personal care, employment, and other services that may be identified in the Recovery Support Plan.
  • Provides psychoeducation and trains family, unpaid caregivers, and/or others who have a legitimate role in addressing the needs of the individual.
  • Monitors and evaluates the effectiveness of interventions, as evidenced by symptom reduction and progress toward goals.
  • Provides direct interventions in deescalating situations to prevent crisis.
  • Documents all services provided in the electronic medical record by using collaborative documentation.
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