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State of Massachusetts Certified Peer Specialist II in Brockton, Massachusetts

The Department of Mental Health's Brockton Multi Service Center (BMSC) is seeking an experienced Lead Certified Peer Specialist (CPS II) for the Adult Community Clinical Services (ACCS) program. The successful candidate will be a part of a multi-disciplinary team that provides comprehensive services to individuals living in the community. The Lead CPS will provide advocacy, support and education to persons served; provide information and training in recovery tools and techniques to persons served and other ACCS team members; support linkage with community / peer support resources; support the teaching and use of independent living skills as well as contribute to creating and maintaining a therapeutic atmosphere for persons served and colleagues. The incumbent will serve as the Lead CPS at the site to provide guidance and consultation to leadership regarding the practice of peer support. The Lead CPS will provide guidance and support to the MHC I Peer Specialists working in the ACCS and PACT programs at BMSC. They will provide direct consultation to team leaders and supervisors regarding the practice of peer support and assist in navigating the natural tension between peer support and traditional mental health approaches. Please Note:This position is 40 hours per week. The selected candidate will work the 1st shift from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The days off are Saturday and Sunday. Duties and Responsibilities (these duties and responsibilities are not all inclusive): * * Provides peer support to individuals enrolled in ACCS services, including state-operated GLE residents. * Provides guidance and support to MHC I staff regarding the practice of peer support including how to practically apply the values of Peer Support within multi-disciplinary community-based clinical services. * With the intention of assisting people served in their own recovery, sharespersonal experiences ofmental health challenges, personal wellness andrecovery in peer support relationships. * Plans, develops andfacilitates supportive groups including, butnot limited to,peer support, self-advocacy, WRAP, recovery skills, holistic health and wellness, and vocational support. * Participates within the ACCS team by attending regularly scheduled meetings, by coming prepared to discuss cases, supports provided and the supports planned for assigned persons served and by participating in discussion of other cases so as to ensure that persons served receive optimal care. * Assists in the development, understanding, & implementation of treatment plans in order to assist persons served work towards recovery goals. * Reads & communicates all pertinent information and attends daily rounds / staff meetings, as well as informs supervisor or designee of any critical information. * Responsible for transporting or arranging transportation for persons served that need that level of service by using state or personal vehicle. * Supports persons served with accessing Emergency/Crisis Services when warranted. * Assists persons servedinlearningtheskills related to self-advocacy as well as learning how toaccess informational resources on various topics of recovery and wellness. * Acts as a liaison to the Brockton Recovery Learning Community RCC and BAMSI Clubhouse to develop collaborative working relationship/opportunities regarding peer support. * Plans, designs, coordinates and/or delivers trainings and education opportunities toenhanceknowledge, skills and competencies for staff related to peer support. * Responsible for maintaining a therapeutic atmosphere through professional performance & attitude to promote quality care & persons served personal growth. * Responsible for developing & maintaining person served records in a timely manner which includes completion of service notes as well as all other related forms to ensure compliance with DMH regulations and licensing/compliance requirements. * Supports the development of a standardized orientation to peer support for BMSC services. * Serves as member of the BMSC Policy and Procedure Committee. * Follows allappropriate policies andprocedures pertaining totheDepartment ofMentalHealthandBrockton Multi Service Center. * Maintains professional certifications andpursues continuing education opportunities inordertoremainupto date withnew developmentsin the peer specialist and recovery fields of knowledge. * Completes required trainings, including annual DMH trainings. * Performsotherrelateddutiesasrequired. *Preferred Qualifications: * Experience in mentorship for professional development and in supervision of Peer Specialists. * Experience in conducting workshops, developing trainings and presenting/public speaking. * Advanced training in the Peer Specialist Field. * Bilingual. * Previous experience working with people with chronic mental illness. Special Requirements: * Certification through a certification Peer Specialist Program is required. * Current and valid Massachusetts Class D Motor Vehicle Operator's license or equivalent license from the state in which you reside for travel. * DMHMission Statement: _* The Brockton Multi Service Center (BMSC) provides comprehensive services to adults with mental health diagnoses. BMSC programs include Case Management, Adult Community Clinical Services, Program of Assertive Community Treatment (PACT) and outpatient services. The Brockton Multi Service Center is a Joint Commission certified facility. In all we always aspire to create an environment which promotes growth and independence for clients, families, and employees alike. We offer an excellent salary and benefit package including, tuition remission, health insurance, alternative work schedules, educational/certification incentives (as per Union Contract), shift and w/e differentials. *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 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 questions regarding this requisition, please contact Executive Office of Health and Human Services, Human Resources at 1-800-510-4122, Option 4. *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 (A) Peer certification through a recognized Certified Specialist Program and at least (B) two years of full-time, or equivalent part-time experience as a Mental Health Coordinator in the mental health or health care field. Based on assignment to a Family Support Specialist position applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalent and (A) completion of an approved Professional Parent Advisory League (PAL) entry-level training as a Family Support Specialist and at least (B) two years of full-time, or equivalent part-time experience as a Family Support Specialist. Substitutions: I. An Associates degree in psychology, human services, mental health or a closely related field may be substituted for six months of the required (B) experience. II. A Bachelors degree or higher in psychology, human services, mental health or a closely related field may be substituted for one year of the required (B) experience. Incumbents may be required to have a current and valid motor vehicle drivers license at a class level specific to assignment. _*Comprehensive Benefits* When you embark on a career with the Commonwealth, you are offered an outstanding suite of employee benefits that add to the overall value of your compensation package. We take pride in providing a work experience that supports you, your loved ones, and your future. Want the specifics? Explore our Employee Benefits and Rewards! COVID Vaccine: As a condition of employment, depending on job assignment and location, employees may be required to have received COVID-19 vaccination and/or other vaccinations, or to have been approved for a vaccination exemption prior to their start date. Details relating to demonstrating compliance with this requirement will be provided to applicants selected for employment. An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. The Commonwealth is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. Research suggests that qualified women, Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color (BIPOC) may self-select out of opportunities if they don't meet 100% of the job requirements. We encourage individuals who believe they have the skills necessary to thrive to apply for this role. Job: Community and Social Services* *Organization: Department of Mental Health *Title: *Certified Peer Specialist II Location: Massachusetts-Brockton-165 Quincy Street Requisition ID: 240000R9