Peer Support Specialist (Momentum, Grants Pass)

Tuesday, Jun 13th 2017

Is working with young adults your passion? Are you full of energy, fresh ideas and relate well with today's youth culture? Do today's young adults relate with YOUR life experiences? Want to know that you've made a real difference at the end of each day? If you answered YES!!! to these questions and meet the qualifications for this position - apply now! This may be the most meaningful and fulfilling position you have ever had.

Kairos' is seeking a qualified individual to fill the unique role of Peer Support Specialist to provide peer services to (5) young adults in transition (ages 18 to 24) in a residential treatment home (RTH) in Grants Pass. This program provides housing with 24/7 residential treatment, skills building and mental health services for young adult clients who would otherwise be in hospital level care or who are transitioning from higher levels of care. Programming is trauma informed and recovery oriented, geared toward helping the young adults move toward independent living. Kairos is a progressive, nationally recognized non-profit agency providing residential and community based psychiatric and support services for children, adolescents and young adults.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: The individual selected for this position must be a young adult that has been a previous consumer of mental health services within the last 10 years as the result of emotional and/or behavioral challenges. The candidate must have previous, documented personal and significant experience with mental illness themselves. Must demonstrate evidence of having sustained significant recovery for extended period of time. They will use this past experience to provide peer counseling, support and advocacy for Kairos' clients. This individual must have demonstrated knowledge of mental illnesses, recovery, community resources, support services and referral systems.
And:
1. Provide proof of current, valid Oregon Driver's License (or if out-of-state will obtain Oregon license within 30 days), comprehensive automobile insurance (if applicable) and a safe driving record (minimum of 3 yrs.) to use company or personal vehicle for required duties.
2. Successfully pass a Criminal Background Check and Medicaid Fraud Check.
3. Obtain and maintain current Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (NCI) Certification and demonstrate proficiency in Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (NCI) Certification procedures.
4. Obtain and maintain current First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification and Food Handlers Card.
5. Obtain and maintain National Provider Identifier (NPI) number and credentialing application process.
6. Obtain 40 hours Peer Delivered Services Training.

The Peer Support position is a .75 FTE (30 hrs/week) position with some schedule flexibility and may require working an occasional weekend or evening as the need arises. Training in advocacy and crisis intervention skills will be provided.

If you enjoy working with young adults and making a difference, then this is a great time to begin working at an innovative agency that values mental wellness and also offers plenty of growth opportunities in a career that makes a lasting difference in the lives of youth and young adults.

Kairos offers competitive wages and generous benefit packages including 2.4 weeks paid time-off (PTO) +1 week of paid sick-time the first year of employment, +health, vision and dental insurance, agency is qualified for federal student loan repayment program and also generous 401k with employer matching. Additionally, Kairos recognizes staff by providing innovative, dynamic training and internal growth opportunities.
Compensation range for this position: $12.20- $16.93/hr. DOE

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
The individual selected for this position must be a young adult that has been a previous consumer of mental health services within the last 10 years as the result of emotional challenges. The candidate must have documented or previous personal and significant experience with mental illness themselves. Must demonstrate evidence of having sustained significant recovery for extended period of time.
Peer Support Specialist will use their past experience to provide peer counseling, support and advocacy for Kairos' clients. This individual must have demonstrated knowledge of mental illnesses, recovery, community resources, support services and referral systems. High school diploma or GED preferred. Proof of current, valid Oregon driver's license required (or if out-of-state will obtain Oregon license within 30 days), comprehensive automobile insurance (if applicable) and a safe driving record (minimum of 3 yrs.) to use company or personal vehicle for required duties.

Kairos is non-profit mental health agency that provides a variety of psychiatric services to children and young adults struggling with trauma and other mental health issues in various locations throughout Oregon for over 39 years. Known state-wide and nationally for innovation, quality, and accountability in its provision of services, Kairos commits itself to continuous learning and grounding of evidence based treatment models and emerging best practices in mental health through partnerships and training opportunities with leaders in the mental health field. Accredited by The Joint Commission since 1984, licensed by the Oregon Health Authority Office of Licensing and Regulatory Oversight and certified by the Oregon Health Authority Addictions and Mental Health Division.

To apply: Send Kairos employment application available at http://www.kairosnw.org with resume and cover letter by email to HR@kairosnw.org - or fax to (541) 956-5463. Background and Medicaid fraud check, valid driver's license with 3 yrs. min. driving experience with safe driving record required. Apply TODAY to join the Kairos team and attend the next scheduled orientation date!


◊◊◊◊◊ Mission Statement ◊◊◊◊◊
We collaborate with young people, families, and communities to provide intensive mental health services and supports, promote mental wellness, and instill hope.

◊◊◊◊◊ Vision Statement ◊◊◊◊◊
A region of communities that understands and values mental and emotional wellness, in which all youth and their families have appropriate support and care.