Employment Opportunities at the Mental Health Association of NWPA

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Certified Peer Specialist-Associate I Full-time, Non-Exempt
Reports To: Peer Support 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 adult mental health consumers, meeting medical necessity requirements, who are residing 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 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 the completion of Wellness Recovery Action Plan group facilitator training.

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Work one-on-one and in groups with peers who want assistance in 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 Managers 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 schedole, 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 described herein are representative of those that must be met by staff to successfolly 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 up to 50 lbs.

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

Deadline: May 7, 2021

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 workor 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

Deadline: May 7, 2021

Job Description ~


Center Team Member
Associate 1 Trainee
As Needed, Non-exempt

Reports To:
Center 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 and Duties:
  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 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 work environment characteristics described herein are representative of those a staff encounters while performing the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations maybe 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 LIMITATIONS OF QUALIFIED APPLICANTS OR EMPLOYEES

Applications Deadline

Deadline for application for this position is May 5, 2021

Please send application to:
Mary Sackett, HR Manager
Mental Health Association of NWPA
1101 Peach Street
Erie, PA
or
info@mhanp.org

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