• PATH Certified Peer Specialist

    Job Locations US-AL-Mobile
    Posted Date 3 months ago(3/15/2018 3:13 PM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    AltaPointe Site
    Adult Outpatient Services - Mobile/Gordon Smith
    Entry Level, Behavioral
    Position Type
    Part Time
    Tuesday through Thursday, 8:00-4:30PM
  • Overview

    Adult Outpatient Programs provide the least restrictive level of care where adults may receive clinical interventions aimed at decreasing existing signs and symptoms. Outpatient treatment focuses on recovery, problem resolution, symptom reduction, stabilization and/or prevention of movement to a higher level of care. Treatment varies widely and depends upon the consumer’s presenting symptoms.


    Clinical Responsibilities:

    1. Promotes self-determination, recovery, self-advocacy, and self-direction; assisting individuals in identifying strengths; wellness goals; setting objectives and identifying barriers
    2. Conducts outreach to engage adults who are homeless and have a mental illness
    3. Assist consumers with accessing AltaPointe Health Systems Intake and follow up appointments.
    4. Assists consumers with transportation needs through linkage and/or teaching methods
    5. Transports consumers when appropriate and necessary.
    6. Offers short term support (2-4 months) to clients as they transition to new temporary or permanent housing situations while working on their mental health recovery goals.
    7. Becomes SOAR certified in an effort to assist homeless adults in applying for income and health care coverage such as SSI or SSDI.
    8. Offers hope and encouragement by serving as a role model in recovery.
    9. Effectively collaborates with the treatment team members and outside sources in the delivery of case management services
    10. Makes multiple contacts to consumers per week as needed
    11. Collaborates with other local housing agencies to ensure that wrap around services are present, as necessary to develop a plan to end consumer’s current homelessness episode
    12. Assists with CCN referrals as needed and provided by Housing First
    13. Attends various area breakfasts, at least once weekly, in the morning to build rapport with the members of the target population
    14. Will go to at least two area shelters and/or camps in the afternoon weekly.
    15. Will document contacts, outreach and enrollments in HMIS program as per grant requirements
    16. Will document contacts, outreach and enrollments in both HMIS and Avatar to manage consumer contact

    Supervision and Consultation

    1. Seeks clinical supervision and consultation as needed
    2. Accepts and employs suggestions for improvement
    3. Actively works to enhance case management skills

    Clinical Record Keeping

    1. Documents in a timely fashion per AHS policy
    2. Documents measurable and specific goals in the individualized service plan
    3. Documents in a clear and concise manner, types of consumer problems, and services provided after every contact
    4. Documents case disposition, case closings, follow- up and referrals

    Courteous and respectful attitudes towards consumers, visitors and co-workers

    1. Treats consumers with care, dignity and compassion
    2. Respects consumers privacy and confidentiality
    3. Is pleasant and cooperative with others
    4. Assists visitors and consumers as needed
    5. Personal values don’t inhibit ability to relate and care for others
    6. Is sensitive to the consumer’s needs, expectations and individual differences
    7. Is gentle and calm with consumers and families

    Administrative and Other Related Duties as Assigned

      1. Actively participates in Performance improvement activities
      2. Actively participates in AHS committees as required
      3. Completes assigned tasks in a timely manner
      4. Follows AHS policies and procedures
      5. Attends required in –service training and other workshops
      6. Attends Housing First update meetings as it relates to HMIS, the homeless community, Point In Time Count, etc. as needed
      7. Other duties as assigned


    High School diploma or equivalent; must be a current or former recipient of mental health services for no less than one year with a significant mental health disorder as defined by the DSM-V; Must be well grounded in one’s own recovery; Be willing to share one’s own recovery story and have an awareness of the issues surrounding mental health, substance abuse and homelessness preferred; Must have the ability to attend DMH Peer Specialist Training for Certification, Must be 23 years of age or older;  Must have and maintain reliable transportation, a valid Alabama driver’s license, acceptable driving record and proof of current liability insurance; 

    Knowledge in adult specialty, outlined below, and peer services certification to be attained within six (6) months of employment:


    • Knowledge of psychiatric disorders in the adult population
    • Knowledge of cultural diversity
    • Knowledge of behavior management, crisis intervention and interventions common to acute psychotic consumers, as well as, to non-violent crisis intervention practice
    • Knowledge of Psychiatric Rehabilitation principals
    • Knowledge of available community resources
    • Knowledge of educational methods appropriate to adults with severe and persistent psychiatric disorders
    • Knowledge of factors influencing homelessness in the adult population
    • Knowledge of resources for homeless adults with ability to access these resources when assisting consumers
    • Knowledge of homeless housing programs and their policies in the community as well as their criteria for admission and other applicable policies.

    Physical Requirements:

    • There is frequent standing, sitting, and walking which are in bursts of 5 to 60 minutes or more; however, sitting may be extended for up to 2 hours while driving to consumer’s living facility and/or home.
    • Lift up to 3-5 pounds to handle consumer charts from knee level to chest level; lift up to 10 pounds while handling other items, including computer(s) and other equipment.
    • Light grasp up to 10 pounds used frequently to handle consumer charts, drive, and buckle consumers’ seat belts, if assistance is required.
    • Fine manipulation and dexterity to handle paperwork in charts, writing, computer keyboarding and/or entry, mouse usage, and phone usage is frequent.
    • Daily stair climbing
    • Ability to walk on uneven terrain such as city sidewalks, park lawns, and various community buildings to access target population.  This activity could be for extended periods of time, in excess of 60 minutes.
    • Within functional limits, there is an occasional need for seated trunk rotation while driving the vehicle.
    • Any other duties as assigned by supervisor.


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