Merakey is currently seeking a Peer Support Specialist to join our Adult Behavioral Health Division in our Lake Charles, LA location.
As a member of the Assertive Community Treatment Team or the Forensic Assertive Community Treatment Team, the Peer Specialist acts as a team player and shares in the responsibility of carrying out rehabilitation and support functions and assisting in treatment, substance abuse services, education, support, and consultation to under the clinical supervision of staff with professional degrees. The Peer specialist will serve as a role model and advocate in the areas of entitlements, self-efficacy, empowerment, and daily activities.
Coach program participants on how to develop and practice skills needed to achieve goals outlined in their recovery plan and for maintaining personal wellness.
• Teach self-advocacy skills.
• Willing to share his or her own recovery experience while being aware that each person's road to recovery is unique.
• Participate in team meetings and promote a recovery perspective.
• Keep team and supervisors informed of problematic issues, obstacles, and accomplishments experienced by individuals in working toward their respective recovery goals.
• Initiate and complete WRAP plans
• Support individuals in the performance of ADLs
ABOUT MERAKEY'S BEHAVIORAL HEALTH DIVISION
Merakey offers a continuum of care in behavioral health (includes mental health and addictive diseases), integrating services in both community and site-based settings. These services provide a wide range of recovery focused treatment, services, and supports for children and adults.
For more information on each individual service, please visit: https://www.merakey.org/services-behavioral-health.html
Merakey is a leading developmental, behavioral health and education provider offering a breadth of integrated services to individuals and communities across the country.
We leverage our size and expertise to develop innovative solutions and new models of care to meet the needs of individuals, their families, public and private healthcare funders, and community partner organizations.
We recognize that complex needs require a holistic approach. With our experience, expertise, and compassion, we empower everyone within our communities to reach their fullest potential.
With a rich tradition spanning 50 years with nearly 10,000 employees, Merakey provides care to over 40,000 adults and children throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Delaware, Louisiana, Michigan, Texas, California, and Tennessee.
Merakey is an Equal Opportunity Employer!
The Peer Support Specialist must have an active driver’s license within the state of Louisiana or ability to transfer. Must possess a High School Diploma. Must meet the requirements set by the State of Louisiana to become certified in Peer Support, if not already certified. Certification requirements are:
Lived Experience: Peer Support Specialists must have lived experience with a behavioral health diagnosis. A behavioral health diagnosis can include a diagnosis with mental health challenges, addiction challenges, or co-occurring disorders.
Peer Support Specialists must have at least twelve (12) months of continuous demonstrated recovery
Be able to complete a 2-week training/76 hour training (locations alter/may be virtual due to COVID)