Horizon House Inc. is a nationally recognized provider of services to adults with support needs due to developmental disabilities, behavioral health issues and substance abuse. Horizon House is Pennsylvania’s oldest psychiatric rehabilitation agency. Since 1952, Horizon House has been dedicated to helping people with mental illness, drug and alcohol addictions, developmental/intellectual disabilities and homelessness to help stabilize their lives and to help them live as independently as possible in the community. With over 100 locations throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania and the state of Delaware, Horizon House provides services to a diverse population focusing on individual strength and choice.
We are seeking qualified candidates who are interested in joining our Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) team.
The Peer Support Specialist as part of the ACT multidisciplinary team provides the experience as a recipient of mental health services for severe and persistent mental illness and is willing to use and share his/her own personal practical experiences, knowledge and first hand insight to benefit the team and its participants. The Peer Support Specialist functions as a fully integrated team member to provide expertise about the recovery process, symptom management and the persistence required by participants to have a satisfying life. Other responsibilities include the following:
Assist in providing direct clinical services to participants on an individual, group and family basis.
Serve as a liaison between the team and consumer run programs such as self- help groups and drop in centers.
Serve as a mentor to participants to promote hope and empowerment.
Maintain a permanent record of participant’s activities according to established methods and procedures.
Assist in the provision of ongoing assessment of participant’s mental illness symptoms and the participant’s response to treatment.
Help participants identify, understand and combat stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness and develop strategies to reduce self-stigma.
Ideal candidates will have a college degree in a field other than behavioral sciences or a high school diploma.
Have experience with adults with severe and persistent mental illness; or any combination of experience, education or training that would provide the level of knowledge, skill and ability required.
Self-knowledge to manage their mental illness and be well along in their recovery.
Skills and competence to establish supporting trusting relationships with persons with severe and persistent mental illness and respect for participants rights.
Good communication skills both oral and written.
Ability to work independently.
Possess a valid driver’s license with an acceptable driving record.
Frequent talking and listening.
Requires carrying a cell phone and being available to respond to emergency situations.
Lifting and or carrying, not to exceed 25 lbs.
Local travel required.
Horizon House offers competitive compensation and a comprehensive benefit package including medical and dental, (9) nine paid holidays and generous paid time off, retirement savings plan, voluntary tax shelter annuity, tuition reimbursement and opportunities for advancement and more.
To be considered for this position please complete the pre-employment application by going to www.hhinc.org/careers.
Horizon House is an Equal Opportunity Employer-M/F/Veterans/Disabilities/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity.
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