A Peer Specialist/Navigator for HARP Outreach and HCBS Enrollment works with the Health Home Care Manager (HHCM) and State Designated Entity (SDE)/Recovery Coordination Agency (RCA) staff serving HARP-enrolled/eligible clients to provide direct (phone and in-person) education about Home and Community Based (HCBS) services. A Peer Specialist/Navigator assists individuals interested in HCBS by providing phone and face-to-face support as they move through the assessment and HCBS provider selection process. A Peer Specialist/Navigator will identify opportunities for client engagement and conduct outreach in venues that HARP-enrolled/eligible clients may utilize such as homeless shelters, jail and forensic service offices, hospitals, and health/behavioral health centers. A Peer Specialist/Navigator establishes supportive helping relationships with people who have significant behavioral health challenges. The goal of enrollment into HCBS is to support individual in achieving improved overall health and social functioning. Utilizing personal, lived, recovery experience will be fundamental and expected in the role and practice.
Work is done primarily in the community and position entails travel throughout Suffolk County. Agency vehicles can be used but a safe, personal auto and a clean NYS Driver s License are required; mileage reimbursement provided. A Peer Specialist/Navigator for HARP Outreach and HCBS Enrollment works closely with MHAW s Care Management team as well as the HCBS team. Weekly supervision and as much support as needed will be provided. Great working environment; laptops and cell phones provided.
A Bachelor s degree in a human service/health discipline and two years experience is preferred. NYS Peer Specialist Certification (or completion underway) is preferred, but not required. Bi-lingual (English/Spanish) candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
The successful candidate should possess or be quickly able to acquire the following skills and knowledge:
Excellent inter-personal communication including the ability to establish empathic, empowering relationships with people who have experienced trauma, psychiatric and substance abuse challenges as well as chronic physical conditions;
Strong communication skills with health professionals involved in the consumer s care;
Understanding of the key elements of recovery and wellness, including the role of family and self-help;
Sound organization skills including computer skills (agency uses electronic health records).
Basic knowledge of the public health/mental health system, public entitlement and social service programs;
Candidate must be a reliable self-starter with the ability to work both independently and as part of an interdisciplinary team.
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