Full Family/Peer Advocate

TITLE:   Full Family/Peer Advocate, South Shore Safety Net – 35 hours per week; schedule to be determined; evening hours required

REPORTS TO:  Robin Sklarin, Program Director, Safety Net

 Safety Net is a comprehensive educational, employment, housing and community living transitional service for youth, ages 16-26, who are dealing with emotional or substance abuse challenges.

QUALIFICATIONS:   

  • High school diploma or equivalent, required
  • Successful completion of Peer Advocate training program within normal probationary period, required
  • Minimum of one (1) year active participation in related self-help program, required OR minimum of one (1) year related peer support experience, required
  • Demonstrated support skills and enthusiasm for assisting medically underserved populations
  • Ability to communicate effectively. Bilingual, preferred
  • Reliable access to transportation and telephone, required 

RESPONSIBILITIES:  include, but are not limited to, the following:

As a Peer Advocate you will engage and provide peer support to youth with substance abuse, mental health issues as well as at-risk youth. You will serve as a role model in maximizing wellness and independence. You will collaborate with clinical and non-clinical team members to ensure culture of support is reflected in member’s treatment.

  • Provides peer support to behavioral health consumers, including orientation to programs, service providers, and community resources.
  • Encourages members, family members and caregivers to use program resources to maximize wellness and independence. Conducts outreach to members missing appointments to reinforce engagement.
  • Assists members in carrying out tasks as defined in their treatment plans.
  • Attends and participates in various appointments/meetings to support and advocate for member, as required.
  • Understands and addresses related cultural attitudes and practices.
  • Reports on member’s progress relative to experience in community settings to clinical team members. Refers appropriate questions and issues to clinical and non-clinical team members.
  • May travel to member homes to provide peer-level support, as required.
    Other duties as assigned by management

SALARY:  Dependent upon experience

Please send resume and cover letter, in confidence, to Mary Walsh, hr@simhs.org  EOE