This is a part-time position doing outreach, navigation and providing peer support in person, on the phone and virtually for individuals as part of Peer Pathways to Wellness program. For this position, a “Peer Support Specialist” is defined as an individual living in recovery from mental health, substance use and/or trauma conditions with at least 70 hours of Peer Support Specialist training. The Peer Support Specialist will function as a role model to peers; exhibit competency in personal recovery and use of wellness tools; and serve as a peer advocate, providing information, resources and peer support for people in various settings. The Peer Support Specialist will be an employee of CMWN and receive supervision from the Peer Support Specialist Supervisor and additional support from its Executive Director, Recovery Education Manager, Operations and Program Manager, and Program Coordinator. This is a grant-funded position and subject to continuation of the grant award.
- Perform targeted outreach in and around our partnership sites in Denver and other future locations identifying people in need of support.
- Receive referrals from location staff and work with individuals to determine their needs.
- Assist in obtaining services that suit that individual’s support/recovery needs by providing names of staff, community resources, and groups that may be useful.
- Inform individuals about community and existing supports and how to use these in the recovery process.
- Connect individuals to appropriate social service agencies and/or enroll in benefits as needed [specific training will be provided].
- Works to create a supportive working environment that encourages trauma informed and culturally competent interactions that build collaboration and create a kind and respectful atmosphere at all our program sites.
- Lead peer support groups with support and guidance from a CMWN peer support staff.
- Utilize wellness tools including Wellness Recovery Action Plan® (WRAP®) to assist individuals in creating their own personal wellness and recovery plans.
- Support partnership sites and future location staff by de-escalating situations in which an individual is in distress and needs trauma-informed peer support interventions.
- Provide individuals with emergency supplies as needed (e.g., bus tickets, hygiene products, first aid items).
- Maintain a working knowledge of current trends and developments in the Peer Support Specialist field
- Participate in weekly individual supervision meetings with CMWN Peer Support Specialist Supervisor.
- Participate in regular weekly team meetings with PSS Supervisor
- Participate in monthly all staff CMWN team meetings
- Provide superior customer service and maintain a positive attitude when working in person, on the phone and virtually.
- Provide accurate documentation using CMWN data software every time they meet with someone.
- Adhere to requirements and reporting needs of the grant.
- Maintain communication with co-workers
- Other duties as assigned
Individual should possess a minimum of a high school diploma and/or GED and have good working knowledge of the social services industry. The candidate must have completed a Peer Support Specialist training with a minimum of 70 hours. The candidate must have lived experience with mental health, substance use and/or trauma conditions. The candidate must have an understanding of the recovery process and the ability to facilitate recovery using the Colorado Core Competencies for Peer Specialists, and have knowledge and skill to teach and engage in basic problem solving strategies to support individual clients in self-directed recovery. The candidate should have experience working with multiple stakeholders in the healthcare field and demonstrated ability to perform targeted community outreach. Must have a valid driver’s license, a reliable vehicle, and willingness to travel within the Denver-metro area periodically. Must be computer proficient with knowledge of Microsoft Office software and possess strong organizational skills. A background check is required for this position, however, failure to pass a background check does not automatically exclude a candidate.
- Must be able to remain in a stationary position 40% of the time; other times able to stand or move around (approximately 60% of the time).
- Some work performed outside in the elements, must be willing to work – at times- in exposed conditions when conducting outreach.
- Use hands/fingers to operate a computer and other office productivity machinery, such as a calculator, copy machine, and computer printer.
- Carry, lift, move equipment and supplies weighing up to 30 pounds.
Reports to Peer Support Specialist Supervisor.
Commensurate with experience. (No health benefits are currently available for this project, however we do offer generous holiday pay and PTO)
15-20 hours per week (M-F)
HOW TO APPLY
If you are interested please send your resume and relevant cover letter to Chad Spangler, Operations Manager at [email protected] Please put Peer Support Specialist in the subject line.
CMWN is an equal opportunity/anti-discrimination employer
The Colorado Mental Wellness Network (CMWN) provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, CMWN complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.
CMWN expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of CMWN’s employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.
The Colorado Mental Wellness Network provides unpaid internships for academic credit throughout the year. We're seeking Associate's and Bachelor's level interns in any of the following fields:
- Human services and social work
- Public administration
- Communications and strategic communications
- Administrative assistance and office management
Interns at the Network, depending on interests and experience, may:
- Assist Recovery Education Manager in conducting and promoting wellness education and Peer Specialist training programs in the community
- Assist Advocacy and Outreach Coordinator in conducting advocacy training, recruiting speakers for legislative hearings, researching legislation, and advocating to policymakers
- Assist Communications Specialist in graphic design, web development, social media marketing, and blogging
- Perform clerical, data entry, and other administrative duties
Interning with the Colorado Mental Wellness Network provides a unique opportunity to use your skills and education to better the mental health and wellness of all Coloradans. We are an organization that promotes peer support and mental health systems change to make recovery accessible for everyone. Many of our interns finish with not only academic credit, but some certificate in wellness planning, grassroots advocacy, and/or peer support work. Additionally, we have a history of hiring interns and volunteers, so this may be the first step to making mental health advocacy your career!
Internship Application (PDF)
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The Colorado Mental Wellness Network (CMWN) provides equal employment opportunities to all employees, interns, and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, CMWN complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.
CMWN expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of the CMWN's employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.