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State of Massachusetts Peer Specialist in Boston, Massachusetts

The Erich Lindemann Mental Health Center is looking for a motivated Mental Health Coordinator I for the Lindemann Inn Shelter. The Lindemann Inn is an emergency homeless shelter for clients of the Department of Mental Health consisting of a 60-bed CoEd Unit and a 20-bed Women's Unit and located inside the Erich Lindemann Mental Health Center. The Lindemann Inn is committed to promoting the independence and self-determination of those we serve as a step toward successful transition to permanent housing. As Peer Specialist, works with clients and staff to ensure a participatory process for patients as it relates to providing recovery-based treatment. Uses and shares his or her personal, practical experience, knowledge and first-hand insight to benefit the team and persons served. Provides expertise about the recovery process, symptom management and the persistence required by patients to have a satisfying life. Provides outreach and utilizes motivational interviewing to encourage clients to become actively involved in their recovery.Provides assistance and support to clients during the admissions process to DMH shelters located at the Erich Lindemann Mental Health Center. Provides orientation to the building, local services as well as community integration activities in the surrounding area. Works as a member of an interdepartmental team in a multi-service mental health center. Provides individual counseling and facilitates support groups relating to the experience of living with mental illness and the recovery process. Please Note:This is a part time (20 hours) position, Sunday 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Monday, Tuesday Wednesday 2:30 PM to 7:30 PM with Thursday, Friday and Saturday off. Duties and Responsibilities (these duties are a general summary and not all inclusive): * Assists in the orientation and ongoing support of Lindemann Inn community members. * Meeting with new clients and assisting in their welcome and orientation to the Lindemann Inns. * Provide a tour of the ELMHC and review all of the available supportive programs in the Lindemann community. * Promote recovery skills to DMH Shelter clients; assist clients in articulating personal goals and identifying objectives for recovery. * Provide advocacy and support to consumers during their stay at the Lindemann Inns. Help clients learn coping mechanisms that will allow them to best manage their lives in our shelter community. * Utilize and teach problem solving techniques with individuals and in groups. * Promote recovery skills to DMH Shelter clients; assist persons served in articulating personal goals and identifying objectives for recovery. * Organize Peer Support and Training activities that will empower consumers and help them develop self-sufficiency. * Participate on a multidisciplinary transitional team that includes, Lindemann Inn Staff, DMH Case Managers, ACCS workers and Housing Specialists. * Provide Peer Advocacy advice to the team as we focus on client’s goals, their discharge planning needs and tasks that will help lead them to more permanent housing and services in the community. * In collaboration with Outpatient Teams, the Mental Health Coordinator (MHC) will assist clients with the collection of necessary documents for housing referrals. * Provides documentation of the client’s progress and activities towards achieving goals. * As needed, escort of clients to necessary meetings and appointments related to their health and housing goals. * MHC will meet with clients to provide support and assess their needs and safety. * MHC will meetings, trainings, and perform other duties as requested. *Required Qualifications:* * Certification through a certified Peer Specialist program. _Preferred Qualifications:_ * Experience working with individuals with serious, persistent mental illness, substance abuse and/or who have experienced homelessness. * Given the population served, bilingual or multilingual fluency. _Total Compensation:__ _ As an employee of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts you are offered a great career opportunity influencing a wide-spectrum of services to the diverse populations we serve - but it is more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits which you should consider towards your overall compensation, including: * 75% state paid medical insurance premium * Reasonable Dental and Vision Plans * Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Assistance programs * Low cost basic and optional life insurance * Retirement Savings: State Employees' Pension and a Deferred Compensation 457(b) plan * 12 paid holidays per year and competitive Sick, Vacation and Personal Time * Tuition Benefit for employee and spouse at state colleges and universities * Long-Term Disability and Extended Illness program participation options * Incentive-based Wellness Programs * Professional Development and Continuing Education opportunities * Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program _ Pre-Hire Process:_ A criminal background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visit http://www.mass.gov/hhs/cori. Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division's Hiring Guidelines. Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth’s website. If you require assistance with the application/interview process and would like to request an ADA accommodation, please click on the link and complete the Reasonable Accommodation Online Request Form For assistance please contact Health Human Resources at 617-626-9255 First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days. Applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalent and Peer certification through a recognized Certified Specialist Program. Based on assignment to a Family Support Specialist position applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalent and completion of an approved Professional Parent Advisory League (PAL) entry-level training as a Family Support Specialist. Incumbents may be required to have a current and valid motor vehicle driver's license at a class level specific to assignment. Executive Order #595:As a condition of employment, successful applicants will be required to have received COVID-19 vaccination or an approved exemption as of their start date. Details relating to demonstrating compliance with this requirement will be provided to applicants selected for employment. Applicants who receive an offer of employment who can provide documentation that the vaccine is medically contraindicated or who object to vaccination due to a sincerely held religious belief may make a request for exemption. An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Job: Community and Social Services* *Organization: Department of Mental Health *Title: *Peer Specialist Location: Massachusetts-Boston-25 Staniford Street Requisition ID: 22000607

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