PEER BRIDGER, COMMUNITY RE-INTEGRATION TEAM
The Peer Bridger for our Community Re-integration Team, engages referred individuals and coordinates activities to form trust-based relationships that foster hope for positive change and personal empowerment leading to successful integration back into the community.
Maintain own personal wellness.
- Initiate and maintain regular communications/meetings with referred individuals nearing discharge from Buffalo Psychiatric Center. May provide assistance to referred individuals that are granted access to visit certain locations within the community that are meaningful to him/her.
- Assists referred individuals to post discharge to identify and engage in a range of community-based support groups/efforts.
- Travel to numerous locations to engage members or to support the recovery of the individuals that we work with.
- Interprets requests and helps implement action, as well as decides whether the project coordinator/directors should be notified of important or emergency matters, as needed. In absence of their supervisor, ensures that requests for action or information are relayed to the appropriate staff member.
- Handles a wide variety of situations and conflicts involving the daily interactions with peers. This includes hosting meetings, coordinating activities and resolving conflicts.
- Facilitates weekly peer support group meetings in the hospital and /or community.
- Attends trainings as required and assigned by supervisor.
- Prepares and maintains detailed written record of activities to meet documentation and reporting requirements for Housing Options projects.
- Reports to and meets with supervisor on a regular basis. Attends trainings as required and assigned by supervisor.
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE:
- High School Diploma or General Education Degree (GED)
- Completion of a peer advocacy training program or related certification is preferred. Academy of Peer Services Certification must be completed within the employees first 6 months in this position if the employee is not currently certified.
- Must have a valid Class D Driver License, reliable transportation and automobile insurance.
- Must have had active participation in mental health self-help activities, peer support or peer advocacy programs or recipient-run organizations or similar experiences or programs.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:
- Must possess advocacy skills; attention to detail; effective communication, writing and documentation skills.
- Ability to take direction and follow-through on assignments both independently and with limited or remote supervision.
- Must have an understanding and working knowledge of confidentiality laws regarding recipient’s records and personal/health information.
- Ability to demonstrate understanding of community services.
- Must be proficient in MS Word/Excel, internet and e-mail.