Diversion Peer Counselor

Position Overview
Do you have first-hand experience with mental illnesses and the challenges that come with it? Are you looking for an opportunity to share your acquired wellness tools, coping skills, and strategies that have moved others further along in their recovery? Great Rivers Behavioral Health Agency (BHA) is excited to announce the Jail Diversion (TrueBloods) Peer Counselor position where you will have the ability to join a dynamic team as we model the way towards integrated healthcare. All Team Members are eligible for competitive benefits, while working for an organization that promotes learning and development opportunities, flexible scheduling, and a supportive work/life balance.
Jail Diversion Overview
The goal of the Jail Diversion Program is to assist individuals in obtaining the support, skills and services necessary to improve their level of functioning within their communities and to decrease the need for hospitalization and correctional settings within the Great Rivers BHO Provider Network. The services are delivered in a variety of settings, predominately in the community, correctional setting and court system depending on the needs of the individual. Diversion Team Members must demonstrate a commitment to the provision of compassionate, recovery and patient-centered care supportive of the patient's own goals and motivation toward positive health outcomes.
Summary of the Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Participate in development of a comprehensive assessment that includes and is not limited to: psychiatric history (onset, course, and effect of illness, past treatment and responses, risk behaviors, competency evaluations and restoration services and accomplishments), mental status, and diagnosis; physical health and dental health; use of drugs and alcohol; education and employment; social development and functioning; activities of daily living (self-care, living situation, nutrition, money management); and family structure and relationships.
  • Document participant progress and maintain a permanent record of activity according to the agency's established methods and procedures.
  • Attend ongoing court proceedings and or staffing as necessary.
  • Provide progress updates to the courts and allied providers and community partners as requested.
  • Contribute to the program's ongoing assessment of participant's mental illness and substance use symptoms and participant's response to treatment. Shares observations and concerns with Diversion Team Members and allied partners for consultation and direction and takes appropriate action.
  • Provide direct services to participants on an individual, and family basis in community settings to teach symptom-management techniques and promote personal growth and development by assisting participants to cope with internal and external stresses and move forward with their goals.
  • Provide work-related supportive services, such as assisting participants with securing necessary clothing and grooming supplies, wake-up calls, transportation, resume and application assistance if indicated.
  • Assist participants to find and maintain a safe and affordable place to live--apartment hunting, finding a roommate, landlord negotiations, cleaning, furnishing and decorating, and procuring necessities (telephone, furniture, utility hook-up). Assist and support them to perform household activities, including house cleaning and laundry.
  • Help participants to access reliable transportation (obtain a driver's license and car and car insurance, arrange for cabs, use public transportation, find rides).
  • Assist and support participants to have and effectively use a personal primary care physician and dentist, and eye doctor, if applicable.
  • Organize and lead individual and group social and recreational activities to help participants structure their time, increase social experiences and provide opportunities to practice social skills.
  • Participates in a unit team and provides team coverage.
  • Perform other duties and projects as assigned by the supervisor.

Minimum Qualifications
  • High School Diploma or equivalent required.
  • Washington State Peer Specialist Certification, or ability to obtain within 60 days-of-hire.
  • Experiences associated with individuals of mental health and/or substance use disorder.
  • Proficient in computer use and applications commonly used or applied in this field/trade/position for the development of reports, documents, presentations and access/utilize databases for care management and Microsoft Office software.
  • Possess and maintain a valid driver's license. Pass and maintain a clear background record as required for healthcare organization under state and federal contracts.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Two (2) years' experience working as a peer, preferably in a behavioral health and/or substance use setting.


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