A Youth Peer Support Specialist, under general review of various HealthWest program supervisors, provides a welcoming atmosphere, skills training, and instruction to individuals receiving services who may be living with mental illness, developmental disabilities, and/or substance abuse issues. An employee in this class coordinates and/or co-facilitates groups including group outings into the community, motivating individuals toward greater community inclusion, and achieving personal goals; and/or co-facilitating groups in skills training, dual diagnosis, recovery issues, substance abuse issues, and other groups as assigned. A Youth Peer Support Specialist facilitates individual’s care by building relationships and meeting with the individuals receiving services, their guardians, families, support systems, AFC staff, and other key persons in the individual’s life. This employee transports individuals receiving services, completes necessary documentation which includes communicating effectively in both oral and written form and maintaining accurate records, including utilizing basic computer software and performs other related duties as assigned.
Required Minimum Entrance Qualifications
1. A young adult, ages 18 through age 26, with lived experience with mental illness/substance use disorders, who received mental health services from a Community Mental Health Agency as a youth; AND
2. Be a high school graduate or have a certificate of completion of the General Educational Development (GED) test.
3. Is eligible and willing to be trained in the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services approved curriculum and ongoing training model for Youth Peer Support Specialist; AND
4. Has experience receiving services a youth in complex, child serving systems preferred (behavioral health, child welfare, juvenile justice, special education, etc.)
5. Possess a valid Michigan driver’s license.
6. Must have reliable transportation that may have to be used to carry out job duties of this classification.
NOTE: Must obtain certification approved by the State of Michigan as a Peer Specialist within one (1) year of employment.
Physical Conditions / Work Location
An employee in this class performs generally sedentary work activity requiring the occasional lifting of objects weighing thirty-five (35) pounds or less.
A Youth Peer Support Specialist works within the Client Services offices and program location of HealthWest, with considerable travel required throughout the County by use of personal resources.
The selected candidate must take a post-offer medical examination (including back screen and complete physical) and drug screening test given by a County appointed physician before the first day of employment. An offer of employment is contingent upon the results of the medical examination and drug screening test. Applicants for County employment may be subject to a post-offer criminal background check, depending on the nature and assignment of the position. When such check is conducted, an offer of employment is contingent upon the results of the criminal background check. Appointees must satisfactorily complete a probationary period before the appointment will be considered permanent.
APPLICANT REVIEW PROCEDURE
Any applicant is entitled to a review of any determination or action taken by the County regarding the applicant’s employment application. Inquiries should be directed to the County Human Resources Department.
The purpose of this recruitment is to establish an eligible list from which to fill present and future vacancies in this classification in the County system. For each opening, the Department Head has her/his choice of the candidates who meet the required minimum entrance qualifications. This list remains in effect for three months unless exhausted or extended.
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