Peer Support Specialist

Job Number: 21-298-11110

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

Peer Support Specialist Job Summary:  This position is within Housing and Homeless services as part of the Mobile Medical and Mental health (M3) team.  This project works in partnership with CommUnity Care Health Center and Dell Medical School to fill service gaps for adults experiencing chronic homelessness with a chronic medical condition and co-occurring disorder of serious mental illness and substance use disorder.  Individuals served present with high vulnerability and complex needs.  Work will be conducted within an interdisciplinary team to provide skills training in co-occurring recovery strategies, self-help and advocacy, and service coordination.  The Peer Specialist assists clients affected by mental and physical health concerns achieve their desired life outcomes by sharing their lived experience.  The Peer Specialist has at least one cumulative year of receiving mental health services and is advanced in their recovery. This position shares their personal story in a positive and motivational manner to support and encourage the client's whole health recovery goals. 

The Peer Specialist will utilize the evidence-based practices of Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment, Harm Reduction, Trauma Informed Care and Housing First.  This position will work in partnership with racially and culturally diverse clients to provide flexible interventions aligned with individual stage of change.  The Peer Specialist will build on strength by fostering an attitude of hope, respect and compassion.

The M3 team will work collaboratively with Assertive Outreach teams, Supported Employment, Housing Stability Services, Addiction/Recovery providers, and other local service organizations. 

This program is SAMHSA funded through federal grant.  Team members will meet regularly with Project leadership to review project goals and evaluate outcomes. 

The M3 team is mobile meaning services are provided in the field, including outreach sites, within Travis County.  This position requires the transportation of consumers in personal vehicle. 

Peer Support Specialist Education:

Required:

  • High School Diploma or GED equivalent 

Peer Support Specialist License: 

Required:

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

Peer Support Specialist 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: Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm.

Salary:  $15.71 - $18.49 an hour. 

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)