LWC is seeking a Peer Specialist to work as a member of the PACT Team. The PACT Peer Specialist facilitates services with client that service to validate their experiences, provide guidance and encouragement to clients to take responsibility for and actively participate in their own recovery, and help clients identify, understand and combat stigma and discrimination against mental health and develop strategies to reduce clients’ own self-imposed stigma. The PACT Peer Specialist performs the following functions within the PACT Team Model: coaching and consultation to clients to promote recovery and self-direction (ie: preparation for role in treatment planning meetings); facilitating wellness management and recovery strategies (e.g. Wellness Recovery Action Plans (WRAP), Illness Management and Recovery (IMR) or other deliberate wellness strategies; participating in all team activities (e.g. treatment planning, documentation) equivalent to fellow team members; modeling skills for and providing consultation to fellow team members on working with individuals with mental illnesses; and providing cross-training to other team members in recovery principles and strategies.
-Meet PACT Peer Specialist Fidelity Standards, including:
-Self-identification as an individual with a mental health diagnosis who is currently, or formerly, a recipient of mental health services
-Currently in the process of your own recovery
-Successful completed training in wellness management and recovery interventions (WRAP/IMR) within 3 months of hire
-Must be eligible to obtain an Agency Affiliated Counselor credential in accordance to WAC 246-810-015 within 30 days of hire, and be willing to obtain recognition by the division of behavioral health and recovery (DBHR) as a “peer counselor” as defined in WAC 388-877-0200 within one year following employment.
The peer specialist may have a college degree in a human services field, or in another area, have a high school diploma, or have at least two years of paid or volunteer work experience with adults with severe and persistent mental illnesses. Must have good oral and written communication skills. The peer specialist, who is or has been a recipient of mental health services for severe and persistent mental illness, should have self-knowledge to manage their mental illness and be active in recovery. Must have a strong commitment to the right and the ability of each person with a severe mental illness to live in normal community residences; work in market jobs; and have access to helpful, adequate, competent, and continuous supports and services. It is essential the peer specialist have skills and competence to establish supportive trusting relationships with persons with severe and persistent mental illnesses and respect for clients’ rights and personal preferences in treatment is essential. Must be eligible to obtain an Agency Affiliated Counselor credential in accordance to WAC 246-810-015 within 30 days of hire, and be willing to obtain recognition by the division of behavioral health and recovery (DBHR) as a “peer counselor” as defined in WAC 388-877-0200 within one year following employment. Must have a valid driver’s license or effectively use transportation to travel independently in the program’s service area.
Why work for Lake Whatcom Center?
LWC is a DSHS licensed not-for-profit organization providing an array of residential and community mental health services to adults with severe and persistent mental illness. We pride ourselves on understanding our clients’ needs and their ability to meet their goal of Recovery. We are a fast-growing service, and committed to creating a supportive and positive environment for all our employees.
LWC offers competitive salaries along with a comprehensive benefits package including:
- Medical Insurance (paid by LWC for full-time employees)
- Dental (paid by LWC)
- Life Insurance (paid by LWC, additional available for purchase)
- Long-term Disability (paid by LWC)
- Vision Insurance
- Competitive Vacation Pay
- Paid Sick Leave
- Premium Pay for Holidays Worked
- Floating Holidays
- Annual Base Pay Increases
- Generous Comp Time for Exempt Positions
LWC is a tobacco-free and scent-free workplace. LWC is an Equal Opportunity employer, we are committed to an Affirmative Action Program and enhancing the diversity of our staff. We strongly encourage applicants to apply without regard to race, color, national origin, gender identity, age, religion, creed, marital status, ancestral heritage, sexual orientation, Vietnam Era Veteran status, or the presences on any physical, mental and/or sensory disability. If accommodations are needed for participating in the application or interview process, please feel free to let us know.
Please visit www.lwrtc.org to download and complete our application packet.
Minimum qualifications must be met in order to be considered for this position. Preference is given to individuals with disabilities. Please submit LWC Application packet (available on our website lwrtc.org) and resume to: HR, 3600 Meridian Street Bellingham, WA 98225
- Compensation: $14.88-$17.00/hr.
- Closes when filled
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