POSITION TITLE: Peer Support Specialist
PROGRAM: Foxglove Enhanced Health Housing
SALARY: $26.42/hour (BCGEU grid 34) + $2.50/hour as a premium for night shifts.
TYPE: Permanent, Part-Time, 0.6 FTE
SCHEDULE: Thursday-Saturday 4:00pm-12:00am, includes a half hour unpaid meal break
START DATE: As soon as possible
To apply please include your resume, with a cover letter describing your suitability for this position, in an email with the subject line of “job2022.039” to: Kevin Parker, Program Manager at the Foxglove, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Job requires employee to have a valid class 5 drivers license (learners and new drivers licenses are not sufficient) with a clear abstract to be able to drive for outreach visits using a MODO account OR your own vehicle. You will be reimbursed the difference between business and casual use insurance.
RainCity Housing is an organization that makes a difference in people’s lives. With a goal of providing a home for everyone, RainCity’s programs sustain relationships, strengthen communities and make change for people experiencing homelessness and mental health, trauma and substance use issues. We invite you to be a part of the change.
RainCity Housing serves a diverse group of people and we need a staff group that reflects the diversity. People of diverse backgrounds and cultures are encouraged to apply.
This Peer Support Specialist (PSS) role is scheduled to allow them to focus on resident engagement, on-site Peer Programming and accompaniment to services, supports and community activities. This role is embedded in the larger staff team at Foxglove and is also part of the Peer Services Department. This role will work alongside and collaborate with the honorarium based peers that will be working in the peer witness room and will have fewer expectations of regular support worker functions. This role shares their own consumer knowledge and lived and living experience of mental illness / substance use to assist service users to live successfully in the community. The PSS collaborates with the service users and the staff team to determine appropriate care to meet individual needs and situational requirements. The PSS Provides clients with education, support and advocacy from a lived and living experience perspective in order to assist clients in effectively obtaining service from the staff, external service providers and community resources. The PSS Provides a variety of supports to assist service users living with mental illness / substance use such as emotional and social supports, life skills assistance, information, resources, and outreach support.
In addition to these Peer specific supports, the PSS may be required to provide front-line Support Worker duty coverage as needed.
Foxglove Enhanced Health Housing: The 23-unit Enhanced Health Housing floor will have dedicated medication management, psychosocial rehabilitation, support for minor medical issues and work in partnership with Fraser Health services such as Mental Health and Substance Use and Home Health. Other hospitality services such as meals and laundry, also there will be a part-time nurse on site twenty hours a week for tenants to access. This section of foxglove will also be staffed twenty-four hours a day over three separate shifts. Folks in this space will have access to indigenous cultural liaisons who will create programing connected to culture and build relationships with participants. There will be peer support specialist available seven days a week as well. The referral pathway for these twenty-three units will come from Fraser health.
Many forms of education and experience are valued, lived experience of mental illness / addiction/ sex work/ homelessness is a pre-requisite; Minimum education and experience includes:
- A Diploma in community social services
- Two years of related experience with an emphasis on mental health, addictions, homelessness and/or social services.
- Or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience
- Current First Aid and CPR certification, Naloxone Certification
Support Worker Key Skills and Abilities – for supporting people receiving our services
- Establish a dignifying and purposeful relationship with the client, contacting and getting to know the client as a unique individual, and clarifying the role of the PSS and client in the service planning process
- Ability to identify and work to increase client strengths, including the use of hope inducing strategies and assisting the client in self-managing their illness and other aspects of their life
- Informally teach harm reduction, life skills
- Respond to problematic behaviour using an understanding of the behaviour’s context and function
- Knowledge of the integrated concurrent disorders recovery model for working with chronically homeless individuals
- Knowledge of mental health diagnoses, medications, treatment and support resources
- Knowledge of the bio-psychosocial addictions model, including stages of change and harm reduction
- Knowledge of diagnoses, treatment and support resources in the areas of substance use, physical health, HIV and Hepatitis C
- Knowledge of the housing continuum, including supported housing systems and program models for special needs populations
- Demonstrates understanding of oppression and marginalization as related to chronically homeless individuals
- Ability to effectively and safely resolve crisis situations
- Ability to work both independently and collaboratively as part of a team
- Ability to establish workload priorities, adjust to new or unexpected events, problem solve, and deal effectively with conflict situations
- Physical ability to perform the duties of the position
Peer Specific Key Skills and Abilities – for supporting people receiving our services
- Ability to be a role model to people recovering from a mental illness by sharing common life and rehabilitation experiences and practical information
- Provides individual and group support for clients re: empowerment, self-help education, practical information, resources, life skills, demonstrations
- Provide clients with education re: their consumer rights and grievance procedures within the team, RainCity Housing and with other community providers and services
- Perform related work as assigned