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Peer Support Specialist [64]

Texas Panhandle Centers

Full-Time | On Location / In Office

$16 - $16/hr.

Position: Peer Support Specialist [64]

Program: Amarillo, Texas – 1115 Waiver

Salary: $15.66/hr.

Shift available: Full-time

Essential duties and responsibilities:

  • Staff will maintain ethical and professional communications at all times using respectful Trauma-Informed Care language
  • The Mental Health Peer Specialist works in both the group and one-on-one setting with individuals who use behavioral health services to produce recovery framing and outreach in a community setting
  • Shares personal recovery experiences and develops authentic and supportive peer-to-peer relationships
  • Provides education and advocacy within the community that promotes awareness of psychiatric disorders or substance use disorders while reducing misconceptions
  • Develops peer services and recovery goals and keeps the treatment team informed about the individual’s strengths and obstacles in relation to their recovery goals
  • Complies with and completes all documentation requirements related to the peer program in a timely basis, as directed
  • Adheres to TPC Business Code of Conduct and reports concerns if ethical and/or business standards defined in the code are compromised

Required qualifications to be successful in the job:

  • High school diploma or GED
  • One semester (12 credit hours) of accredited college work; or minimum of eighth grade reading comprehension level as evidenced by score on the Adult Basic Learning Examination (ABLE) test
  • For Mental Health Peer Specialist, must have received mental health services/treatment for one (1) year cumulative, for a diagnosis that is treated in the target population for Texas, which include bipolar, depression, or schizoaffective disorders
  • For Recovery Support Peer Specialist, must be in recovery and in sobriety for at least one (1) year, and have a mental health diagnosis
  • If not already certified, must complete and earn certification as a Mental Health Peer Specialist and/or Recovery Support Peer Specialist within one (1) year from hire date
  • Must be able to become credentialed as a Certified Peer Specialist (CPS)
  • Must have a valid Texas driver’s license and be insurable under agency vehicle policy
  • Must be 18 years of age or older

Preferred qualifications to be successful in the job:

  • Bilingual
  • Active status as a Certified Mental Health Peer Specialist or Recovery Support Peer Specialist in Texas, and in good-standing

At TPC, passion and meaningful work is rewarded! We offer employees:

  • Click here for TPC’s FY2024 Summary of Benefits
  • Robust benefit offerings – Medical, Urgent Care visits for a low $10 co-pay, Dental, and Vision
  • Employer paid life insurance (1.5 times employee’s salary)
  • Staff automatically enrolled into a 457 Retirement Account at 1% of their annual salary. Employer Match 1% higher than employee’s contribution up to 6% in the 403 (b) or 457 Retirement Savings Plan
  • Paid time off – PTO accrual, Holidays
  • One (1) annual Mental Health Floating Holiday, one (1) annual Celebrate Diversity Floating Holiday, and one (1) annual A Day to Remember Floating Holiday available to staff after 90 days of employment
  • Additional Supplemental Coverage available i.e. Disability, Accidental, Cancer, Critical Care, and Section 125 Flexible Spending Account Plan
  • 501(c)(3) designation – you can apply the for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness
  • Teladoc – gives you or your immediate family members in the household access to a medical provider free of charge via telephone or video
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) – gives you or your immediate family members in the household access to behavioral health, financial, and legal counseling in person or via telephone

Posted On: December 22, 2023

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