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Peer Support Specialist - Culturally Specific Program!

Company: Central City Concern
Location: Beaverton
Posted on: January 23, 2023

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 hiring a Peer Support Specialist for its new pilot program, Karibu!

Split Shift: Thursday and Friday (day shift); Saturday - Monday (night shift)

Karibu (pronounced kah-REE-boo) provides individualized, culturally specific stabilization and treatment preparation for Black/African American adults. Services include outreach and engagement, addiction and mental health recovery support, peer services, case management, and transitional housing in the form of dormitory style best for 14-20 unstably housed men.

Summary: The Peer Support Specialist I (PSS-I) supports recovering and formerly incarcerated and at-risk Black American clients by providing advocacy, mentoring, and other support. The PSS-I works as a member of a primarily culturally specific, multidisciplinary, outreach mobile team called Karibu Community Care Team (KCCT) that works primarily with the Stabilization Treatment Program (STP). The PSS-I is a member of the culturally specific, clinical outreach team that will address mental health, addiction, housing, employment and other issues for referred clients. The PSS-I will engage in outreach activities with community partners and individuals to facilitate referrals, with a primary focus on accessing services to meet the treatment, recovery and other basic needs of Black Americans. The PSS I will provide peer delivered support to assist individual clients in developing recovery support within the Black American community.

Schedule: Monday-Friday. Outreach Mobile Team may provide services during evening or weekend hours depending on program needs. Services may be on or off site in varying Portland communities.

Duties to include:

  • Works with the Stabilization Treatment Program (STP), the Karibu Community Care Team (KCCT) the Imani Center Treatment Team and the Multnomah County Department of Community Justice (DCJ) teams on specific objectives, wellness and recovery goals in conjunction with the client's Care Plan.
  • Receive regular weekly supervision from the Imani Center Clinical Supervisor and the STP Program Manager, seeking additional supervision whenever necessary. Minimum requirement two hours of documented supervision per month.
  • Exemplifies recovery principles in order to show by example that recovery is possible and attainable. Share their own recovery story as appropriate, and walks the road of recovery alongside the client.
  • Follow outreach plans developed with STP, KCCT and Imani Center Teams and meet regularly to track progress on activities to engage prospective clients.
  • Build relationships with community leaders, community partners, and advocacy groups serving the Black American community.
  • Provide information, screening for clients on-site at identified programs in the Black American community.
  • Help clients seek opportunities for further treatment, housing, coordination of care, and services within and outside Central City Concern and the Black American community.
  • Collaborate with A&D outpatient and residential clinical teams to assist with coordination of services, system navigation and peer support in the Black American community, including support with discharge planning and follow-up care.
  • Visit, provide support and connect clients to the Black American community, including places of worship, places of recreation, clinics and elsewhere.
  • Accompany and advocate for clients navigating healthcare, social, benefits, housing and other support services as necessary.
  • Maintain healthy professional and personal boundaries in relationships with clients, staff and community partners.
  • Facilitate recovery support activities in the Black American community.
  • Update and appropriately document in client records in a timely manner with client interactions, appointments, and encounters.
  • Provide transportation when necessary for clients in CCC vehicle, taxi, or public transportation to and from program related services in the community.
    • Peer Support Specialist or Certified Recovery Mentor required. Must be registered with Traditional Health Workers Registry.
    • Engaged in Black American culture. Knowledge of Black American history and cultures.
    • Must meet CCC privileging requirements as required by FTCA.
    • Must possess a current driver's 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 driver training within 60 days of being an approved driver and continued recertification training.
    • Must pass a pre-employment drug screen, TB Test, and background check.
      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)

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