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Work & Recovery Specialist-Biddeford Recovery Center

Maine Behavioral Healthcare | Biddeford, ME

Maine Behavioral Healthcare
  • Position Summary
    • The Work & Recovery Specialist is a per diem integrated peer support position working to implement and support services for individuals with severe mental illness (SMI) and/or substance use disorder (SUD) in Maine Behavioral Healthcare's Peer-run Recovery Centers. The Work & Recovery Specialist is a peer support position; therefore, the Work & Recovery Specialist will self-identify as someone with the lived experience of a challenge maintaining mental health and/or is in recovery from a substance use disorder. Applicants are encouraged to make some reference to meeting this criterion in their cover letter or resume. The Work & Recovery Specialist will be expected to practice the Intentional Peer Support model as a foundational perspective for communication and collaboration. The Recovery Center is an inclusive recovery and vocationally focused service center that will support individuals with SMI and/or SUD in reaching their self-directed life goals. As a Peer-run Recovery Center, the Work & Recovery Specialist is a crucial component in ensuring every Center participant has the ability to access the supports they choose, has a voice in decision-making, and can embark on the recovery journey that is right for them. Services at the center may include outreach, mentoring, education, structured group activities, vocational training, meals, recreational activities, social activities, and other recovery resources. The Work & Recovery Specialist will support Recovery Center staff, volunteers and members in establishing, implementing, and maintaining a series of recovery-focused, evidence-based, support groups as well as vocational curriculum and trainings in the Recovery Center. The Work & Recovery Specialist will also support the Recovery Center Manager in integrating new classes and workshops that include art/creativity, social/global issues, advocacy/self-advocacy, yoga/movement, etc. The Work & Recovery Specialist will also conduct outreach to increase Center participation, support the mediation of conflict through a peer-run Rules Committee and restorative circle practices, and develop linkages to existing MBH programs and other community resources and agencies. Support and assistance is offered by establishing relationships, infusing hope for a better future, and modeling acceptance with a focus on recovery and holistic wellness.The Work & Recovery Specialist is responsible for recording data and maintaining a database that captures information for performance measures and outcomes related to Center services, as required for continued funding. The Work & Recovery Specialist will be required to complete Maine Medical Center's Department of Vocational Services' (MMC DVS) Maine Can Work curriculum and will be responsible for implementing the curriculum into the Center. The Work & Recovery Specialist will be part of a team and partner with the community and agencies providing services for individuals being served by the Recovery Center. The Work & Recovery Specialist contributes to the accomplishment of MBH's mission through the provision of non-clinical activities that engage, educate and offer support and assistance to individuals experiencing vulnerable life-circumstances such as homelessness, food insecurity and those living with challenges maintaining mental health and/or recovery from a substance use disorder. Problem solving is guided by an Intentional Peer Support perspective. The Work & Recovery Specialist will support the Center Manager with implementing programming that advances Center participants recovery goals, including supporting the implementation of a variety of structure peer support groups, such as Pathways to Recovery, Alternatives to Suicide, and Empathy groups based in Nonviolent Communication. The Work & Recovery Specialist will foster an environment of inclusion, respect for all people, mutuality, and personal accountability.
  • Required Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs)
    • High School diploma or equivalent required. Bachelor's degree in relevant field preferred
    • Certification in Intentional Peer Support Specialist (CIPSS) is required. Preferred 3 years working or practicing Intentional Peer Support. Ability to maintain certification (meet co-reflection and continuing education requirements.) Ability to provide support according to the values and principles of IPS is required
    • Is receiving or has received services and supports related to a challenge maintaining mental health and is willing to self-identify on this basis with peers and in the community. May be receiving or has received services and supports related to a history of substance use, is in active recovery, and willing to self-identify on this basis with peers and in the community
    • Some supervision experience is strongly preferred
    • Experience with implementing evidenced-based practices preferred
    • Experience managing integrated programming and services is preferred
    • Ability to manage multiple Structured Group activities
    • Ability to complete MMC DVS Maine Can Work curriculum and implement the curriculum into the Center vocational activities
    • Ability become a Pathways to Recovery facilitator
    • Ability to implement recovery, vocational, educational, recreational, social, and other activities to create a robust recovery-oriented service center that is responsive to consumer and participant voice and choice
    • Demonstrated ability to effectively collect data, develop surveys, and reporting is required. Database management is a key component of this position
    • Strong Computer and Technology proficiency required with ability to demonstrate computer and technology skills in using Microsoft Office and Outlook email is required
    • Good communication skills and an ability to establish rapport with consumers, community members, community mental health providers, MBH staff and leadership, and other resource providers are required. Willingness to further develop communication skills (i.e. written, verbal, and computer). Effective and rapid Electronic Communication skills are a key component of this position
    • Models strengths-based interactions and treats all individuals with respect. Demonstrates ability to utilize strengths-based approach to problem solving
    • Demonstrated ability to keep focus on continual learning and moving towards positive goals rather than away from what is not wanted
    • Ability to work a flexible work schedule, including evenings and weekends
    • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of volunteers, fellow workers, supervisors, communities, resources and cultures. Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively
    • Ability to support the systemic structures for integrating participant voice into Recovery Center planning, evaluation, and day-to-day activities
    • Demonstrated understanding of Consumer-Operated Service Program models
    • Ability to perform other duties as assigned

Job Code: 107205
Posted On: 01/18/18
Closing Date: Open Until Filled
Telecommute: No
Categories: Other, Healthcare
Job Type: Regular
Job Status: Per Diem
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Additional Contact Info

Phone: 207-761-2200

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