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Peer Counselor / Higher Ground Peer Support Center

SUMMARY:
Peer counselors work with individuals in services to provide hope, encouragement, support, self-determination, and connection to the community. Peer counselors plan and implement support and community-based activities for individuals in services and report progress or special problems to the peer coordinator or agency supervisor. Transportation of clients using a 15-passenger van required. Peer Counselors must be a person with lived experience who has met the criteria for a diagnosable mental, behavioral, substance abuse or emotional disorder at some point in their adult life.
EXPERIENCE:
Education: High School Diploma/GED required.
Licensure: Valid driver's license with "F" endorsement in Tennessee. No endorsement required in Virginia.
Certification: Within one year of hire, must obtain Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS) certification from the Tennessee Dept. of Mental Health or Virginia Department of Health Professions.
Experience: Past/present utilization of mental health or substance use disorder services required.
Knowledge/Skills: Verbal/written communication skills.
EQUIPMENT:
Computer, fax, GPS, copier, 15-passenger van and any other equipment required to perform the functions of the position.
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Assist in implementing/creating a recovery environment
Maintain accurate attendance and participation records.
Share progress and barriers with other staff providers, as applicable.
Provide transportation for individuals using services in 15-passenger van.
Organize and lead peer support activities and groups.
Attend and participate in regularly scheduled staff meetings, in-services and individual staffings as needed.
Assist individuals in developing natural supports.
Model personal responsibility, self-advocacy, and hopefulness via telling of their recovery story, how needs are respectfully met, and how a belief in themselves is maintained.
All other duties as assigned.

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