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Peer Support Specialists

Company: Central City Concern
Location: Gresham
Posted on: November 25, 2022

Job Description:

Central City Concern is an innovative nonprofit agency providing comprehensive services to single adults and families in the Portland metro area who are impacted by homelessness, poverty and addictions. We hire people that are skilled and passionate to meet our mission through outcome-based strategies which support personal and community transformation.

CCC is seeking Certified Peer Support Specialists and Recovery Mentors in a variety of programs!

Locations available for this position:

Chez Ami Supportive Housing Building (8358 SE Causey Ave., Portland, OR 97266): Chez Ami is a two story alcohol- and drug-free community located in Happy Valley, Oregon. All of the one-bedroom units at Chez Ami are rent subsidized with tenants paying rent based on their income, offering services through Clackamas County Behavioral Health.

Community Engagement Program (CEP) (33 NW Broadway, Portland, OR 97209): The Community Engagement Program (CEP) is a multidisciplinary recovery model designed to meet the needs of chronically homeless individuals with co-occurring mental health, addiction disorders, and/or physical concerns.

Recovery Mentor Program (225 NW Couch St., Portland, OR 97209): The Recovery Mentor Program was created approximately 15 years ago in response to an epidemic of heroin overdoses in the City of Portland. Within a few years, the program was serving clients with a variety of substance abuse disorders. Since its inception, the Mentor Program has provided recovery treatment services, housing that supports recovery and-most importantly-mentorship to help one stay the course to more than 1,500 individuals.

Karibu (Coming soon to: 2020 SE Powell Blvd, Portland, OR 97202): Karibu provides individualized, culturally specific stabilization and treatment preparation (STP) services for Black/African American adults (18+) who are involved or at-risk of involvement with the criminal justice system and have behavioral health needs. The program currently has an outreach team, and will be offering an on-site supportive housing team supporting 14-20 participants living on-site in fall 2022.

Veterans Per Diem Program (1025 NW Couch St., Portland, OR 97209): The Veteran's Grant and Per Diem program (GPD), a partnership between CCC and the Veterans Administration, works to connect veterans who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless with housing, health care and employment. The eight-person team - composed of case managers, peer support specialists, housing specialists and employment specialists - empowers clients to reclaim control of their lives and obtain self-sufficiency.

The Peer Support Specialist provides a variety of recovery-oriented services to individuals who have self-identified as desiring peer support; in order to promote greater independence, community integration and recovery from mental illness and/or addiction. Services provided by peers (people in addiction recovery or with co-occurring mental health disorders) include group activity planning, one-on-one meetings, and advocacy that contributes to a client's ability to engage in ongoing treatment and maintain their housing.

Duties to include:

  • Participate in efforts to engage clients, which includes attending resident appointments, unit visits, and working in the Chez Ami and Clackamas County community.
  • Connect participants with local services and support programs.
  • Advocate and provide referral services to ensure residents get access to a variety of services and benefits, including mental health and physical health services.
  • Collaborate with treatment teams, agencies, client's support networks, and community providers to address the needs of residents.
  • Assist with intakes, resident plans, discharges, and service referral follow-ups.
  • Escort residents to their primary care provider and to other providers when appropriate.
  • Ensure timely completion of all required paperwork.
  • Introduce clients to appropriate self-help support and other supportive services/activities.
  • Conduct urinary analysis on clients as needed.
  • Work to increase level of cultural sensitivity, awareness and competency regarding Person Centered and Peer Delivered Services.
    • Must be a certified recovery mentor or peer support specialist prior to start. Must be registered as a Traditional Health Worker with the State of Oregon.
    • Must pass a pre-employment drug screen, TB test, and background check. This includes clearance by the DHS Background Check Unit.
    • Physical ability to bend, stoop, kneel, squat, twist, reach, pull and lift heavy objects. Must be able to climb stairs several times a day.
    • Must possess a current drivers license , pass a DMV background check and be designated an "acceptable" driver as outlined in Central City Concern's Fleet Safety Policy. Must pass an initial drivers training within 60 days of being an approved driver and continued recertification training.
      Benefits: Central City Concern offers an incredible benefits package to our employees:
      • Generous paid time off plan which provides up to 4 weeks of PTO accrual in the first year. Accrual increases with longevity.
      • Amazing 403(b) Retirement Savings plan with competitive employer match!
      • 10 paid Holidays PLUS 2 Personal Holidays to be used at the employee's discretion.
      • Comprehensive Medical, Vision, and Dental insurance coverage.
      • Employer Paid Life, Short Term Disability, AND Long Term Disability Insurance!
        This description is intended to provide a snapshot of the work performed and is not designed to contain a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of the position.

        As an agency deeply rooted in recovery, part of our policy and commitment to a drug and alcohol-free workplace includes post-offer, pre-employment drug screens. Please note we follow Federal Guidelines regarding prohibited substances, even for those legal at the state level.

        Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

        The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c) Associated topics: client, deskside, desktop, information technology analyst, network, patient, pc, support analyst, technical, technical support

Keywords: Central City Concern, Gresham , Peer Support Specialists, Other , Gresham, Oregon

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