Employment Opportunities at the Mental Health Association of NWPA

MHA is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits hiring discrimination on the basis of national origin, age or sex. Employment opportunities shall be provided for applicants with disabilities and reasonable accommodations shall be made to meet the physical or mental limitations of qualified applicants or employees.

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Peer Navigator Assoc 1 Full-time Non-Exempt
Reports To: MHA CEO

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

Employee must have successfully completed Certified Peer Specialist or Certified Recovery Specialist training recognized by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This is a full time position working on location at the Blasco Memorial Library. Staff will work in the Blasco Memorial Library on week days with potential hours on Saturdays as needed. The employee will provide direct support and training/education to library patrons and staff on issues of mental health, substance abuse and homelessness. The goal is to provide a safe environment and connect patrons with available community resources and services.

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:

  1. Be accessible to and aware of library patrons in distress in a supportive and respectful manner.
  2. In conjunction with library staff, help to maintain a safe and peaceful environment by knowing the emergency protocol and security measures implemented in an emergency.
  3. Recognize and manage crisis situations.
  4. Provide role model for successful interaction skills (assertiveness, conflict resolution, and boundary maintenance).
  5. Work closely with the Library staff and Social Work interns.
  6. Familiarize library staff on recognizing symptoms of mental illness and strategies to defuse potential volatile situations.
  7. Work one-on-one and with library patrons who want assistance in development of Wellness Recovery Action Plans (WRAP) or other recovery tools.
  8. Assist peers in navigating the physical/mental health systems; provide advocacy and resources as needed with other services and supports including involvement in the community and the MHA Consumer Center.
  9. Assist peers who are visiting library with applications for public assistance, utilizing library computer lab.
  10. Assist library patrons with referrals for continued education endeavors such as literacy, adult education, GED, career counseling.
  11. Participate in approved pertinent training opportunities.
  12. Complete all necessary paperwork and reports in a timely manner.
  13. Maintain standards of confidentiality.
  14. Other duties as assigned.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Maintain Certification as a Certified Peer Specialist or Certified Recovery Specialist.
  2. High School or General Education Diploma.
  3. Act 33/34 and Act 151 clearance.
  4. Negative pre-employment and random drug screenings.
  5. Proven ability to work as a member of a team.
  6. Ability to follow written and verbal directions.
  7. Computer skills working with Word, Outlook, and Excel.
  8. Record keeping skills, ability to write clearly.
  9. Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
  10. Ability to manage own work schedule, set own appointments.
  11. Proven ability to advocate on behalf of self and others.
  12. Knowledge of Recovery Principles related to mental health.
  13. Knowledge of consumer rights as they affect mental health.
  14. Knowledge of publicly funded mental health and addiction disease/substance abuse services in Erie County.
  15. Knowledge of mental health, substance abuse and housing resources in the community.
  16. Knowledge of the Mission, Vision and Values of the Erie Blasco Library.
  17. Knowledge of the Mission, Vision, and Values of the Mental Health Association of Northwestern Pennsylvania.
  18. Have access to reliable transportation.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

The physical demands here are representative of those that must be met by staff to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the staff is regularly required to stand, sit, talk, and hear (hearing aid permitted). Specific vision abilities required by the job include peripheral and distance vision.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those a staff encounters while performing the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work place is usually minimal.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY STATEMENT

MHA IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER AND PROHIBITS HIRING DISCRIMINATION ON THE BASIS OF RACE, COLOR, RELIGIOUS CREED, DISABILITY, ANCESTRY, NATIONAL ORIGIN, AGE OR SEX. EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES SHALL BE PROVIDED FOR APPLICANTS WITH DISABILITIES AND REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS SHALL BE MADE TO MEET THE PHYSICAL OR MENTAL HEALTH LIMITATIONS OF QUALIFIED APPLICANTS OR EMPLOYEES.

COMPENSATION

THE MHA OFFERS A COMPETITIVE BENEFIT PACKAGE THAT INCLUDES PAID TIME OFF, HEALTH, VISION, AND DENTAL INSURANCE, LIFE & DISABILITY INSURANCE, AND A RETIREMENT SAVINGS PLAN.

Please send application to:

Mary Sackett, Human Resources Manager
Mental Health Association of NW PA
1101 Peach Street
Erie, PA 16501

or email to: info@mhanp.org

Job Description ~


Center Team Assoc 1 Full-time Non-Exempt
Reports To: Center Team Leader

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Associate I Center Team Member is a full-time Senior Team staff that has direct contact with consumer center members. Team members are responsible for following procedures determined by the Center Team staff regarding the day to day operations of the Consumer Center. Team members must be able to function as a team. Center Team members act as a support and resource to consumer members. The Associate I Team Member has a working knowledge of all consumer center operations and procedures, and has the ability to take on specific project responsibilities as assigned. In the absence of the Team Leader or Assistant Team Leader, the Associate I Team member assumes leadership for the team members on duty. All Team Members must have a valid driver’s license and be able to drive a 15 passenger van.

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:

  1. Assist Consumer Center members in feeling welcome and encourage participation in groups and activities.
  2. Safely operate a 15 passenger van, be insurable under MHA insurance, and maintain order and enforce van rules.
  3. Respond to consumers in distress in a supportive and respectful manner.
  4. In conjunction with co-workers, maintain a safe, peaceful environment.
  5. Monitor all physical environments for safety of members, while protecting our material resources.
  6. Monitor all functions of the kitchen. If there are problems, inform the team leader and/or the assistant team leader.
  7. Monitor the check-in process to help ensure all who enter are members in good standing and have had their current member ID badge scanned.
  8. Mentor new Center Team members.
  9. Maintain and update the Consumer Center Daily Announcement binder.
  10. Complete assigned paper work. i.e.…membership forms, incident reports, consumer contacts.
  11. Recognize and manage crisis situations.
  12. Talk, listen, advocate for, and refer members as needed.
  13. Assist consumers to develop skills necessary to fulfill volunteer roles.
  14. Facilitate groups as assigned, assist in design and implementation of new groups.
  15. Project a positive image in or outside of the MHA.
  16. Provide role model for successful interaction skills, (assertiveness, conflict resolution, boundary maintenance).
  17. Monitor and assist café operations and café volunteers.
  18. Act in a leadership role in the absence of Team Leader or Assistant Team Leader.
  19. Create, maintain, and update written work flow of each Consumer Center function.
  20. Other duties as assigned.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Act 33/34 Clearance, Act 151 Clearance.
  2. Have a valid PA drivers license.
  3. Knowledge of the Mission, Vision and Values of MHA.
  4. Ability to follow policies and procedures of the MHA.
  5. Ability to meet schedules, plan, take direction.
  6. Have flexibility in availability for work including weekends, and holidays.
  7. Knowledge of crisis intervention techniques.
  8. Knowledge of internal resources as well as Mental Health resources in the community.
  9. Subscribe to ethical standards of confidentiality.
  10. Ability to be a team player.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

The Physical demands described herein are representative of those that must be met by staff to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the staff is regularly required to stand, sit, talk, hear, (hearing aid permitted). Specific vision abilities required by the job include peripheral and distance vision. Staff is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms and use legs to lift and/or move up to 50 lbs.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

The Physical demands described herein are representative of those that must be met by staff to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions. Staff is occasionally exposed to outside weather. Noise level is usually moderate.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY STATEMENT

MHA IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER AND PROHIBITS HIRING DISCRIMINATION ON THE BASIS OF RACE, COLOR, RELIGIOUS CREED, DISABILITY, ANCESTRY, NATIONAL ORIGIN, AGE OR SEX. EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES SHALL BE PROVIDED FOR APPLICANTS WITH DISABILITIES AND REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS SHALL BE MADE TO MEET THE PHYSICAL OR MENTAL HEALTH LIMITATIONS OF QUALIFIED APPLICANTS OR EMPLOYEES.

Please send application to:

Mary Sackett, Human Resources Manager
Mental Health Association of NW PA
1101 Peach Street
Erie, PA 16501

or email to: info@mhanp.org

Job Description ~


Center Team Associate 1 Trainee As Needed, Non-Exempt
Reports To: Centert Team Leader

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

This is a part-time, shared position which does not have specific hours per week. It is designed to provide consumers with an opportunity to develop good work habits and skills prior to entering the general workforce. Maximum length of employment in this position is 2 years. As Needed staff must have a valid driver’s license and be able to operate a 15-passenger van. The As Needed Center Team Member has direct contact with consumer center members. All Team Members are responsible for following procedures determined by the Center Team staff regarding the day-to-day operations of the Consumer Center. All Team members must be able to function as a team and act as a support and resource to consumer members.

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Assist members in feeling welcome and encourage participation in groups and activities.
  2. Must have flexible availability to work days, evenings, nights, holidays, and/or Sundays.
  3. Safely operate a 15 passenger van and be insurable under MHA insurance.
  4. Maintain order and enforce van rules.
  5. Respond to consumers in distress in a supportive, respectful manner.
  6. In conjunction with co-workers, maintain a safe peaceful environment.
  7. Monitor all physical environments for safety of members, while protecting our material resources.
  8. Complete assigned paper work. i.e., membership forms, incident reports, consumer contacts, and action plans.
  9. Recognize and manage crisis situations.
  10. Talk, listen, advocate for, and refer members as needed.
  11. Assist consumers to develop skills necessary to fulfill volunteer roles.
  12. Facilitate groups as assigned, assist in design and implementation of new groups.
  13. Project a positive image in or outside of the MHA.
  14. Provide role model for successful interaction skills: assertiveness, conflict resolution, and boundary maintenance.
  15. Other duties as assigned.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

  1. H.S. Diploma or GED.
  2. Ability to drive 15-passenger van.
  3. Act 33/34 Clearance. Act 151 Clearances and FBI fingerprints.
  4. Knowledge of the Mission, Vision and Values of MHA.
  5. Ability to follow policies and procedures of the MHA.
  6. Ability to meet schedules, plan, take direction.
  7. Knowledge of internal resources as well as Mental Health resources in the community.
  8. Subscribe to ethical standards of confidentiality.
  9. Ability to be a team player.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

The physical demands described herein are representative of those that must be met by staff to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the staff is regularly required to stand, sit, talk, and hear (hearing aid permitted). Specific vision abilities required by the job include peripheral and distance vision. The staff is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms and use legs to lift and or move up to 50 pounds.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those a staff encounters while performing the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the staff is occasionally exposed to outside weather. The noise level is usually moderate.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY STATEMENT

MHA IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER AND PROHIBITS HIRING DISCRIMINATION ON THE BASIS OF RACE, COLOR, RELIGIOUS CREED, DISABILITY, ANCESTRY, NATIONAL ORIGIN, AGE OR SEX. EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES SHALL BE PROVIDED FOR APPLICANTS WITH DISABILITIES AND REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS SHALL BE MADE TO MEET THE PHYSICAL OR MENTAL LIMITATIONS OF QUALIFIED APPLICANTS OR EMPLOYEES

Please send application to:

Mary Sackett, Human Resources Manager
Mental Health Association of NW PA
1101 Peach Street
Erie, PA 16501

or email to: info@mhanp.org

Job Description ~


C/FST Drug and Alcohol Associate 1 Trainee Part Time, Non-Exempt
Reports To: C/FST Team Leader

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Consumer/Family Satisfaction Team (C/FST) Member has direct and telephone contact with consumers of drug and alcohol services or family members being served in the Erie County drug and alcohol system to conduct surveys regarding satisfaction with drug and alcohol services. Team Member is responsible for following procedures determined by the C/FST Team Leader and policy procedure manual regarding the data gathering process. Team member must be able to function with another member(s) as a team. Team member must be able to present themselves professionally at all times and represent the Team in the community. Good judgment and common sense must be practiced and exercised while performing the duties of a C/FST member. Team Member must have working knowledge of all services connected to Consumer Family Satisfaction Team as well as drug and alcohol services.

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Assists with identifying multiple avenues for reaching the population of consumers receiving various drug and alcohol services.
  2. Conduct individual interviews, face-to-face surveys, phone surveys, open forums as assigned.
  3. Completed all paperwork associated with the interview process.
  4. Is able to maintain a high level of confidentiality.
  5. Demonstrates a working knowledge and understanding of the drug and alcohol services provided in Erie County.
  6. Participates with team members to identify possible systems and individual consumer issues that need to be addressed or improved.
  7. Completes training as assigned.
  8. Attends regional C/FST meetings and conferences as assigned.
  9. Identifies and refers consumers in need of resources to senior staff.
  10. Attends C/FST meetings and MHA staff meetings.
  11. Represents the Consumer/Family Satisfaction Team of the Mental Health Association when in the community.
  12. Other responsibilities as assigned.
  13. Able to work days, evenings, weekends.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Ability to communicate effectively with people (Read and speak clearly and distinctly.)
  2. Ability to work flexible schedule which may include some evening hours.
  3. Ability to organize and operate on multiple tasks simultaneously.
  4. Must be able to take and follow directions.
  5. Knowledge of the Erie County Drug and Alcohol System and other community resources.
  6. Knowledge of the Vision, Mission, and Values of the Mental Health Association.
  7. Knowledge of the Operations and Policies of the Mental Health Association.
  8. Subscribe to ethical standards of confidentiality and HIPPA regulations.
  9. Ability to function as a team member.
  10. H.S. diploma or equivalent.
  11. Must have reliable transportation to and from work.
  12. Valid Drivers License preferred.
  13. Must identify as having solid long-term recovery from drug and/or alcohol addiction.
  14. Submits to a pre-employ drug screen, position contingent upon results.
  15. Agrees to and complies with the MHA "drug free workplace" policy.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

Physical demands describe herein are representative of those that must be met by staff to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the staff is regularly required to stand, sit, talk, and hear (hearing aid permitted). Specific vision abilities required by the job include peripheral and distance vision. Staff is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms and use legs to lift and or move up to 50 pounds.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

The work environment characteristics described herein are representative of those a Staff encounters while performing the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions. Staff is occasionally exposed to outside weather. Noise level is usually moderate.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY STATEMENT

MHA IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER AND PROHIBITS HIRING DISCRIMINATION ON THE BASIS OF RACE, COLOR, RELIGIOUS CREED, DISABILITY, ANCESTRY, NATIONAL ORIGIN, AGE OR SEX. EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES SHALL BE PROVIDED FOR APPLICANTS WITH DISABILITIES AND REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS SHALL BE MADE TO MEET THE PHYSICAL OR MENTAL LIMITATIONS OF QUALIFIED APPLICANTS OR EMPLOYEES

Please send application to:

Mary Sackett, Human Resources Manager
Mental Health Association of NW PA
1101 Peach Street
Erie, PA 16501

or email to: info@mhanp.org

Job Description ~


C/FST Mental Health Associate 1 Trainee Part Time, Non-Exempt
Reports To: C/FST Team Leader

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Consumer/Family Satisfaction Team (C/FST) Member has direct and telephone contact with consumers of mental health services or family members being served in the Erie County mental health system to conduct surveys regarding satisfaction with mental health services. Team Member is responsible for following procedures determined by the C/FST Team Leader and policy procedure manual regarding the data gathering process. Team member must be able to function with another member(s) as a team. Team member must be able to present themselves professionally at all times and represent the Team in the community. Good judgment and common sense must be practiced and exercised while performing the duties of a C/FST member. Team Member must have working knowledge of all services connected to Consumer Family Satisfaction Team as well as mental health services.

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Assists with identifying multiple avenues for reaching the population of consumers receiving various mental health services.
  2. Conduct individual interviews, face-to-face surveys, phone surveys, open forums as assigned.
  3. Completed all paperwork associated with the interview process.
  4. Is able to maintain a high level of confidentiality.
  5. Demonstrates a working knowledge and understanding of the mental health services provided in Erie County.
  6. Participates with team members to identify possible systems and individual consumer issues that need to be addressed or improved.
  7. Completes training as assigned.
  8. Attends regional C/FST meetings and conferences as assigned.
  9. Identifies and refers consumers in need of resources to senior staff.
  10. Attends C/FST meetings and MHA staff meetings.
  11. Represents the Consumer/Family Satisfaction Team of the Mental Health Association when in the community.
  12. Other responsibilities as assigned.
  13. Able to work days, evenings, weekends.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Ability to communicate effectively with people (Read and speak clearly and distinctly.)
  2. Ability to work flexible schedule which may include some evening hours.
  3. Ability to organize and operate on multiple tasks simultaneously.
  4. Must be able to take and follow directions.
  5. Knowledge of the Erie County Mental Health System and other community resources.
  6. Knowledge of the Vision, Mission, and Values of the Mental Health Association.
  7. Knowledge of the Operations and Policies of the Mental Health Association.
  8. Subscribe to ethical standards of confidentiality and HIPPA regulations.
  9. Ability to function as a team member.
  10. H.S. diploma or equivalent.
  11. Must have reliable transpotation to and from work.
  12. Valid PA Driver’s License preferred.
  13. Submits to a pre-employ drug screen, position contingent upon results.
  14. Agrees to and complies with the MHA "drug free workplace" policy.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

The physical demands here are representative of those that must be met by staff to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.While performing the duties of this job, the staff is regularly required to stand, sit, talk, and hear (hearing aid permitted). Specific vision abilities required by the job include peripheral and distance vision. The staff is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms and use legs to lift and or move up to 50 pounds.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those a staff encounters while performing the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the staff is occasionally exposed to outside weather. The noise level is usually moderate.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY STATEMENT

MHA IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER AND PROHIBITS HIRING DISCRIMINATION ON THE BASIS OF RACE, COLOR, RELIGIOUS CREED, DISABILITY, ANCESTRY, NATIONAL ORIGIN, AGE OR SEX. EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES SHALL BE PROVIDED FOR APPLICANTS WITH DISABILITIES AND REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS SHALL BE MADE TO MEET THE PHYSICAL OR MENTAL LIMITATIONS OF QUALIFIED APPLICANTS OR EMPLOYEES

Please send application to:

Mary Sackett, Human Resources Manager
Mental Health Association of NW PA
1101 Peach Street
Erie, PA 16501

or email to: info@mhanp.org

Job Description ~


Certified Peer Specialist Associate I Full Time, Non-Exempt
Reports To: Peer Specialist Team Leader

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

Employee must meet the minimum requirements as listed below. This is a full-time position, normally working 37.5 hours per week. The person filling this position will provide fee-for-service peer support to adults with mental health needs who meet medical necessity requirements and reside in Erie County. There will be evening and weekend hours. The employee must have good time management skills and be able to work independently. The employee must have an understanding of mental health recovery principles. Knowledge of the concepts of a consumer driven organization is required. Self-identification as a person who has or currently is experiencing homelessness or near homelessness is a plus, as is completion of Wellness Recovery Action Plan group facilitator training.

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Work one-on-one and in groups with peers who want assistance with meeting their recovery goals, including development of Wellness Recovery Action Plans or other recovery tools.
  2. Assist peers with locating and utilizing natural supports.
  3. Assist peers in navigating the physical/mental health systems; provide advocacy and referrals as needed with other services and supports including involvement in the community and the MHA Consumer Center.
  4. Assist peers in a hands-on way with life skills including but not limited to problem solving, budgeting, hygiene, housekeeping, relationship/social skills, employment skills, credit rebuilding, and communication skills.
  5. Work closely with the Blended Case Manager and other supports.
  6. Represent Team and MHA at forums/meetings related to mental health, as assigned.
  7. Maintain CPS certificate by earning and documenting the required mental health training credits per the PA Certification Board.
  8. Complete all necessary paperwork and reports together with assigned peers.
  9. Meet productivity requirements.
  10. Maintain standards of confidentiality.
  11. Other duties as assigned.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Certified Peer Specialists must meet the following (per OMHSAS-19-05 Peer Support Services, revised bulletin effective November 15, 2019):
    • Be self-identified individuals who have received or are receiving mental health services for a serious mental illness or serious emotional disturbance.
    • Be eighteen (18) years of age or older.
    • Have a high school diploma or General Equivalency Diploma (GED).
    • Within the last three (3) years, maintained at least 12 months of successful full or part-time paid or voluntary work experience or obtained at least 24 credit hours of post-secondary education; and have related, supervised work or volunteer experience, as approved by the Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB).
    • Have completed the PCB-approved CPS training.
    • Hold and maintain CPS certification through the PCB or attain certification through the PCB within six months of hire and maintain CPS certification.
  2. Act 33/34, Act 151, FBI Fingerprints.
  3. Negative pre-employment drug screening.
  4. Computer skills working with Word, Outlook, and Excel.
  5. Record keeping skills, ability to write clearly and accurately.
  6. Document person centered strengths, needs, goals and progress collaboratively.
  7. Proven ability to work as a member of a team.
  8. Ability to manage own work schedule, set own appointments, and produce billable units.
  9. Ability to follow written and verbal directions.
  10. Proven ability to advocate on behalf of self and others.
  11. Knowledge of recovery principles related to mental health.
  12. Knowledge of consumer rights as they impact mental health.
  13. Knowledge of publicly funded mental health and addiction disease services in Erie County.
  14. Knowledge of natural supports in the community.
  15. Knowledge of the Mission of Community Care Behavioral Health.
  16. Knowledge of the Mission, Vision and Values of the Mental Health Association of Northwestern Pennsylvania.
  17. Must have valid PA Driver License and access to transportation.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

The physical demands here are representative of those that must be met by staff to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.While performing the duties of this job, the staff is regularly required to stand, sit, talk, and hear (hearing aid permitted). Specific vision abilities required by the job include peripheral and distance vision. The staff is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms and use legs to lift up to 50 pounds.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those a staff encounters while performing the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the staff is occasionally exposed to outside weather. The noise level in the work place is usually moderate.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY STATEMENT

MHA IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER AND PROHIBITS HIRING DISCRIMINATION ON THE BASIS OF RACE, COLOR, RELIGIOUS CREED, DISABILITY, ANCESTRY, NATIONAL ORIGIN, AGE OR SEX. EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES SHALL BE PROVIDED FOR APPLICANTS WITH DISABILITIES AND REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS SHALL BE MADE TO MEET THE PHYSICAL OR MENTAL LIMITATIONS OF QUALIFIED APPLICANTS OR EMPLOYEES

Please send application to:

Mary Sackett, Human Resources Manager
Mental Health Association of NW PA
1101 Peach Street
Erie, PA 16501

or email to: info@mhanp.org

Job Description ~


Certified Peer Specialist-Associate I Part Time, Non-Exempt
Reports To: Peer Specialist Team Leader

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

Employee must meet the minimum requirements as listed below. This is a part-time, as needed position, normally working 15-28 hours per week. The person filling this position will provide fee-for-service peer support to adults with mental health needs who meet medical necessity requirements and reside in Erie County. There will be evening and weekend hours. The employee must have good time management skills and be able to work independently. The employee must have an understanding of mental health recovery principles. Knowledge of the concepts of a consumer driven organization is required. Self-identification as a person who has or currently is experiencing homelessness or near homelessness is a plus, as is completion of Wellness Recovery Action Plan group facilitator training.

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Work one-on-one and in groups with peers who want assistance with meeting their recovery goals, including development of Wellness Recovery Action Plans or other recovery tools.
  2. Assist peers with locating and utilizing natural supports.
  3. Assist peers in navigating the physical/mental health systems; provide advocacy and referrals as needed with other services and supports including involvement in the community and the MHA Consumer Center.
  4. Assist peers in a hands-on way with life skills including but not limited to problem solving, budgeting, hygiene, housekeeping, relationship/social skills, employment skills, credit rebuilding, and communication skills.
  5. Work closely with the Blended Case Manager and other supports.
  6. Represent Team and MHA at forums/meetings related to mental health, as assigned.
  7. Maintain CPS certificate by earning and documenting the required mental health training credits per the PA Certification Board.
  8. Complete all necessary paperwork and reports together with assigned peers.
  9. Meet productivity requirements.
  10. Maintain standards of confidentiality.
  11. Other duties as assigned.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Certified Peer Specialists must meet the following (per OMHSAS-19-05 Peer Support Services, revised bulletin effective November 15, 2019):
    • Be self-identified individuals who have received or are receiving mental health services for a serious mental illness or serious emotional disturbance.
    • Be eighteen (18) years of age or older.
    • Have a high school diploma or General Equivalency Diploma (GED).
    • Within the last three (3) years, maintained at least 12 months of successful full or part-time paid or voluntary work experience or obtained at least 24 credit hours of post-secondary education; and have related, supervised work or volunteer experience, as approved by the Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB).
    • Have completed the PCB-approved CPS training.
    • Hold and maintain CPS certification through the PCB or attain certification through the PCB within six months of hire and maintain CPS certification.
  2. Act 33/34, Act 151, FBI Fingerprints.
  3. Negative pre-employment drug screening.
  4. Computer skills working with Word, Outlook, and Excel.
  5. Record keeping skills, ability to write clearly and accurately.
  6. Document person centered strengths, needs, goals and progress collaboratively.
  7. Proven ability to work as a member of a team
  8. Ability to manage own work schedule, set own appointments, and produce billable units.
  9. Ability to follow written and verbal directions.
  10. Proven ability to advocate on behalf of self and others.
  11. Knowledge of recovery principles related to mental health.
  12. Knowledge of consumer rights as they impact mental health.
  13. Knowledge of publicly funded mental health and addiction disease services in Erie County.
  14. Knowledge of natural supports in the community.
  15. Knowledge of the Mission of Community Care Behavioral Health.
  16. Knowledge of the Mission, Vision and Values of the Mental Health Association of Northwestern Pennsylvania.
  17. Must have valid PA Driver License and access to transportation.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

The physical demands here are representative of those that must be met by staff to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the staff is regularly required to stand, sit, talk, and hear (hearing aid permitted). Specific vision abilities required by the job include peripheral and distance vision. The staff is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms and use legs to lift up to 50 pounds.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those a staff encounters while performing the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the staff is occasionally exposed to outside weather. The noise level in the work place is usually moderate.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY STATEMENT

MHA IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER AND PROHIBITS HIRING DISCRIMINATION ON THE BASIS OF RACE, COLOR, RELIGIOUS CREED, DISABILITY, ANCESTRY, NATIONAL ORIGIN, AGE OR SEX. EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES SHALL BE PROVIDED FOR APPLICANTS WITH DISABILITIES AND REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS SHALL BE MADE TO MEET THE PHYSICAL OR MENTAL LIMITATIONS OF QUALIFIED APPLICANTS OR EMPLOYEES

Please send application to:

Mary Sackett, Human Resources Manager
Mental Health Association of NW PA
1101 Peach Street
Erie, PA 16501

or email to: info@mhanp.org

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