Peer Specialist

Job Number:21-1004-11675

Job Summary: The primary responsibility of the Peer Specialist (PS) is to assist clients affected by mental and physical health and/or substance use concerns achieve their desired life outcomes.  The PS provides all services in a person-centered, trauma-informed care, and culturally and linguistically appropriate manner.  The PS acts as a model of recovery by sharing their lived experience to bring hope and engages clients by providing education, advocacy, and/or outreach.  The PS is advanced in their recovery and is willing and able to share their recovery story in a positive, motivational manner.  For some units, the PS position is reserved for individuals who have at least one cumulative year of receiving mental health services. 

The PS may provide individual or group services.  Services provided may include training in recovery strategies, self-help, and self-advocacy, accessing healthcare services and community resources, or any other supervisor-approved topic.  The PS works collaboratively with a treatment team to support each client's whole health and recovery goals.  The PS performs their job duties in the community and/or clinic. 

The Integral Care Community Competency Restoration Program (CCRP) provides outpatient competency restoration services to justice-involved individuals who have been found Incompetent to Stand Trial and placed on a 46b commitment, and who have severe mental illnesses, substance use disorders, and/or developmental disorders.  Services are provided by our interdisciplinary team in a residential setting at our Next Step facility, and include: medication management via weekly visits with the medical provider, competency restoration training, intensive case management, Peer support, psychoeducation in illness and management recovery, discharge planning, linkage to ongoing care, and other services and supports as needed.

Outpatient competency restoration (OCR) is an exciting field to be in - we help vulnerable individuals receive care in a positive, supportive environment while also helping them move through the complexities of the behavioral health and justice systems.  Integral Care has been foundational in the OCR program development in Texas as evidenced by the involvement in the pilot back in 2008 and we've just had the opportunity to expand to better meet the need.  Come join our growing team!

Check out this News Release regarding OCR expansion in Texas: https://www.hhs.texas.gov/news/2021/07/hhsc-expands-outpatient-competency-restoration-services-texas.

Also, check out this evaluation of OCR services by the Hogg Foundation: https://hogg.utexas.edu/project/evaluation-outpatient-competency-restoration.

Education:

Required:

  • High School Diploma or GED equivalent

License:

Required:

  • Current and valid driver's license and a clean driving record. 

Experience:

Preferred:

  • At least one cumulative year of receiving mental health community services for some units. 
  • One year of direct client care or customer service experience. 
  • Completion of Wellness Recovery Action Planning, NAMI Peer to Peer, and other nationally recognize recovery-based trainings.

Hours: Full-time; 9:00 am - 6:00 pm, Sunday-Thursday 

Salary:$15.71-$18.50 per hour depending on experience.

Sign-on incentive: Integral Care looking to grow our teams with talented and caring people just like you. Currently, we are offering a $2,000 sign-on incentive for all newly hired employees! All newly hired employees will receive $1,000 on their first paycheck and $1,000 on the paycheck following their six-month anniversary.

Why join us: Integral Care has proudly served Travis County residents for the past 50 years. As the largest provider of behavioral health services in Travis County, we are dedicated to improving the lives of adults and children living with mental illness, substance use disorder and intellectual and developmental disabilities. 

By joining our team, you will find rewarding work every day alongside people who have as much compassion as you. Join us and together we can help improve the quality of life for the people we serve. Imagine your career at Integral Care!

Employee Benefits: 

  • Medical, Dental and Vision insurance

  • Generous vacation/holiday/sick leave 

  • Life and Short-term/Long-term Disability Insurance

  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

  • 403(b) retirement account

  • 401(a) employer contribution retirement account

  • Gold's gym membership discount

  • Mileage reimbursement

Integral Care strives to maintain a diverse workforce. We encourage all to apply, including those who have knowledge and/or experience working with underserved populations, including Asian and Pacific Islander, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and LGBTQA communities.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, veteran status, sex or age.

For specific positions, additional compensation may be available to those who are bilingual in both English and one of the following languages:  Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, or Burmese. (PM16)