The Mental Health Service Line is currently recruiting for 3 Peer Support Apprentice/Specialist at the following locations: 1 in Aurora in the Intensive Community Mental Health Recovery Program (ICMHR), a community-based, recovery-oriented program supporting veterans with a serious mental illness; 1 assigned to support Veterans with PTSD outpatient/residential in Denver CO; and 1 in Colorado Springs at the So CO Behavioral Health Interdisciplinary Programs (outpatient MH clinics). Public Law 110-387, Section 405 modifies 38 USC 7402: Peer Specialist.--To be eligible to be appointed to a peer specialist position, a person must: A. Be a Veteran who has recovered or is recovering from a mental health condition and be recovering or recovered for 1 year. B. You must be certified by a VA sanctioned program as a Peer Support Specialist or have satisfied relevant state requirements for a Peer Support Specialist. As an entry level position, most duties are performed under close supervision of a licensed independent provider to facilitate learning and the development of skills. The knowledge required for this position will be attained through ongoing instruction provided by the supervisor or designee (e.g., the Local Recovery Coordinator). In addition, the position must complete a State or VA-approved contract vendor's certification training process, to be eligible to be hired as a peer specialist. A Peer Support Apprentice would receive peer certification training (provided by the agency) during their first year of employment. The position participates in the service, training, consultation, and other professional activities of VA health care services and functions as a fully vested member of the multidisciplinary team. In consultation with the supervisor, the position completes assignments based on peer support knowledge, skill and proven sound judgment. The position works with Veterans with very complex mental illnesses and challenging situations that require effective communication and decision-making skills. The position assists Veterans to articulate personal recovery goals through the use of individual or group meetings. During these meetings, the position assists Veterans in identifying their skills, strengths, supports, and resources needed to aid them in achieving their recovery goals. The position collaborates with Veterans and the treatment team to develop and implement a personal wellness and recovery plan. The position assists Veterans in determining the steps needed to achieve their self-directed recovery goals and wellness. The position observes behaviors that might indicate difficulty adapting or responding to treatment (e.g., missed assessment appointments, failure to attend or maintain abstinence, risk to self or others, disruptive behavior), completes appropriate documentation, and reports concerns to the treatment team in a timely manner. The position uses ongoing individual and group meetings to teach Veterans how to identify and combat negative self-talk and overcome fears by providing a forum that allows Veterans to share their experiences. Utilizing his/her personal recovery experience, the position will: Perform a variety of therapeutic and supportive tasks (e.g., assisting their peers in articulating their goals for recovery, learning and practicing new skills, helping them monitor their progress, assisting them in their treatment, modeling effective coping techniques and self-help strategies based on the specialist's own recovery experience, and supporting them in advocating for themselves to obtain effective services). Assist the veteran in exploring options for obtaining decent and affordable housing of his/her choice in the most integrated, independent and least intrusive or restrictive environment. Assist veterans in identifying their skills, strengths, supports and the resources needed to aid them in achieving those goals. Orient veterans new to the programs in which they work about the services, hours, locations, staff and other pertinent information necessary for the veteran to understand the program and how to utilize it. Function as a role model, exhibiting competency in personal recovery and use of coping skills. Serve as a consumer advocate, provide consumer information and peer support for veterans in outpatient and inpatient settings. Triage violent or suicidal patients effectively, safely, and using standards of care. Assist veterans in development of empowerment skills and combating stigma through self-advocacy. Inform veterans about community and mutual supports and how to use these in the recovery process. Share their own recovery story, which will demonstrate how they have directed their own recovery to veterans. Teach and role model the value of every individual's recovery experience. Document peer services provided in the veteran's treatment record. Promotion Potential: The selectee may be promoted to the full performance level without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met. Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. or 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Compressed/Flexible: Not available Telework: Not available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: None Authorized. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Internal Number: 600010900
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Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.