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Mental Health Coordinator/Peer Specialist I

Company: Commonwealth of Massachusetts: Executive Office of
Location: Worcester
Posted on: May 23, 2023

Job Description:

Description The Department of Mental Health (DMH) is seeking a dynamic human services candidate who will provide Peer Specialist services to the Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital (WRCH) Inpatient Units for adults who have a psychiatric diagnosis in a manner that focuses on peer support and accompaniment in the process of developing of life goals.

The selected candidate uses personal experiences of recovery in a professional capacity to promote hope for a life outside of the framework of mental health services and to support learning about the process of recovery. The Peer Specialist fosters a person-centered approach when providing services and supports the development and implementation of a person-centered treatment plan. In this role, the selected candidate will champion, and support recovery and resiliency guided by established and emerging principles in the field, such as those found in Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administrations (SAMHSA) ten (10) fundamental components of recovery and the Massachusetts Certified Peer Specialist Code of Ethics.

Please Note: The schedule for this position is Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Per the minimum entrance requirements applicants must be certified as a Peer Specialist by a recognized Certified Specialist Program.

Duties and Responsibilities (These duties and responsibilities are not all inclusive):

Provides advocacy, support, education, information and training in recovery tools and techniques to persons served by Department of Mental Health.
Develops and facilitates recovery and rehabilitation groups including, but not limited to, peer support, peer education, advocacy, Wellness Recovery Action Program (WRAP), social and independent living skills and vocational training.
Collaborates with individuals to develop goals considering needs, strengths, and interests and barriers.
Supports the development of self-advocacy skills and other strategies that promote recovery to persons served to support their recovery process through teaching and modeling these skills.
Provides services and opportunities that promote continuity of care, community integration and an environment that facilitates recovery.
Promotes teamwork by demonstrating flexibility, the ability to listen to the views of others, to compromise, to handle conflict and stay focused on a positive outcome.
Champions the maintaining of a safe environment for patients and staff at all times.
Complies with all applicable state and federal laws including the Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations which governs the privacy and confidentiality of information about patients.
Conducts self in a professional manner at all times and works cooperatively with staff from all disciplines.

Required Qualifications:

Knowledge of the principles and practice of rehabilitation as it relates to people with a psychiatric diagnosis and people with dual diagnoses.
Demonstrated skills with populations who have a psychiatric diagnosis.
Ability to design and evaluate assigned program curriculum.
Capacity to order and maintain sufficient supplies for assigned program in a timely manner.
Talent for supporting people in exploring and establishing life goals.
Skilled in interacting with people of any age or with any diagnosis as well as staff in a professional and effective manner.
Proven ability to lead exercises in group leadership and provide training.
Knowledge of safety practices and procedures followed in general for rehab activities.

Preferred Qualifications:

Demonstrated understanding of recovery concepts and practices that facilitate the recovery of persons with a psychiatric diagnosis.
Experience with peer support groups, workshops, or trainings.
Given the population we serve, bilingual or multilingual fluency

About Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital (WHRC):

Located on over 100 acres in Worcester, Massachusetts, Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital (WRCH) is part of an integrated network of effective, efficient and culturally competent mental health services. It provides intermediate and long-term inpatient care for individuals with serious and persistent mental illness who live in Massachusetts, as well as individuals requiring specialized court ordered evaluations.

WRCH provides inpatient services to 290 adults, inclusive of a Deaf Inpatient Mental Health Service, and 30 adolescents on the ACCU.

DMH Mission Statement:

The Department of Mental Health assures and provides access to services and supports to meet the mental health needs of individuals of all ages, enabling them to live, work and participate in their communities. The Department establishes standards to ensure effective and culturally competent care to promote recovery. The Department sets policy, promotes self-determination, protects human rights and supports mental health training and research.

Comprehensive Benefits

When you embark on a career with the Commonwealth, you are offered an outstanding suite of employee benefits that add to the overall value of your compensation package. We take pride in providing a work experience that supports you, your loved ones, and your future.

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Pre-Hire Process:

A criminal background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visit

Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division's Hiring Guidelines.

Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth's website.

If you require assistance with the application/interview process and would like to request an ADA accommodation, please click on the link and complete the

For additional information, please call Karen Gouin, Human Resources at (508) 368-3406 or at Karen.Gouin2@mass.go
First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

Minimum entrance requirements:

Applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalent AND Peer certification through a recognized Certified Specialist Program.

Incumbents may be required to have a current and valid motor vehicle driver's license at a class level specific to assignment.

Executive Order #595: As a condition of employment, successful applicants will be required to have received COVID-19 vaccination or an approved exemption as of their start date. Details relating to demonstrating compliance with this requirement will be provided to applicants selected for employment. Applicants who receive an offer of employment who can provide documentation that the vaccine is medically contraindicated or who object to vaccination due to a sincerely held religious belief may make a request for exemption.

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Commonwealth is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. Research suggests that qualified women, Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color (BIPOC) may self-select out of opportunities if they don't meet 100% of the job requirements. We encourage individuals who believe they have the skills necessary to thrive to apply for this role.

Official Title: Mental Health Coordinator IPrimary Location: United States-Massachusetts-Worcester - 309 Belmont StreetJob: Community and Social ServicesAgency: Department of Mental HealthSchedule: Full-timeShift: DayJob Posting: May 4, 2023, 1:06:40 PMNumber of Openings: 1Salary: 52,523.38 - 71,227.18 YearlyIf you have Diversity, Affirmative Action or Equal Employment Opportunity questions or need a Reasonable Accommodation, please contact Diversity Officer / ADA Coordinator: Saned Diaz - 6178948522Bargaining Unit: 08-SEIU - Local 509 - Social/RehabilitationConfidential: NoHybrid Work Eligible: No

Keywords: Commonwealth of Massachusetts: Executive Office of, Worcester , Mental Health Coordinator/Peer Specialist I, Other , Worcester, Massachusetts

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