Baker Victory Services
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Peer Mentor (Home & Community Based)
at Baker Victory Services
Peer Mentoring is an individually designed service intended to improve the waiver participant's self-sufficiency, self-reliance, and ability to access needed services, goods, and opportunities in the community. This is to be accomplished through education, teaching, instruction, information sharing, and self-advocacy training. These peer-delivered services with a rehabilitation and recovery focus, are designed to promote skills for coping with and managing behavioral health symptoms while facilitating the utilization of natural resources and the enhancement of recovery-oriented principles (e.g. hope and self-efficacy, and community living skills). Peer support uses trauma-informed, non-clinical assistance to achieve long-term recovery from a behavioral health disorder. Certified Peer Specialists are appropriately supervised treatment team members who will play an integral role in care planning including the crisis intervention or relapse prevention plan, treatment planning and the development of psychiatric advance directives (PAD).
Essential Job Duties
- Provide advocacy services for clients including assisting individuals in obtaining benefits and entitlements, food, housing, and accessing appropriate care in the community
- Provide companionship and modeling of recovery lifestyle including participation in recovery activities outside the scope of treatment providers such as attending an event or eating at a restaurant together
- Connect individuals to self-help groups in the community
- Provide recovery education and counseling to individuals and their family members
- Provide transitional supports – bridging from an institution (jail, hospital, rehab) to an individual’s home
- Provide pre-crisis and crisis support services
- Participate in staff and organizational meetings for care coordination and development of policies and procedures
- Communicate with referring Health Homes and Managed Care Organizations
- Ensure timely and accurate documentation and record keeping in accordance with HCBS guidelines and OMH regulations
- Must hold a High School Diploma or jurisdictionally certified high school equivalency.
- Must have at least one (1) year of paid or unpaid experience providing peer mentoring.
Peer support providers must have a certification as of the following:
- OMH established Certified Peer Specialist
- OASAS Certified Peer Advocate OMH and OASAS certification programs are separate. OMH peers must be certified by The New York Peer Specialist Certification Board. It is recommended that Peers have both certifications to be fully prepared to serve the dually diagnosed population with both mental health issues and substance use disorder.