BJC Careers

Family Peer Support Specialist (Must be the Parent or Primary Caregiver of a child with Mental Illness or Substance Abuse) - 20 hrs/week

Saint Louis, MO
Clinical Services and Support


Job Description

Job ID: 1172313
Employment Status: Part-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

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BJC Behavioral Health is a community health center that provides and coordinates behavioral health services for more than 6,000 seriously mentally ill adults and seriously emotionally disturbed children in St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. François, Iron and Washington counties.  As an Administrative Agent of the Missouri Department of Mental Health (DMH) serves as a major point of entry for people eligible for mental health services funded by DMH and is responsible for serving as gatekeeper to the public mental health system.  BJC Behavioral Health also administers the BJC Employee Assistance Program ad Behavioral Health Partners, an administrative services organization.

Increased treatment options and resources; reduce out of home placements; improve academic tenure and achievement; reduced involvement with the juvenile justice system.


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Role Purpose

The purpose of the position is to provide an array of formal and informal services and supports to families with children who are seriously and emotionally disturbed. Family Peer Support Specialists are uniquely qualified to work with families based on their personal experience parenting a child with similar needs and having successfully navigated multiple child serving systems on behalf of their child. The services provided should support the parent/family member and enhance his/her skills so the parent/family member can promote positive youth functioning and promote the child’s ability to live successfully in their community.


Responsibilities

  • Family Support • Based on strengths and needs of youth and family, assist them to connect with appropriate services and supports. Accompany family when visiting programs • Assist family to gather, organize, and prepare documents needed for specific services • Address concrete or subjective barriers that may prevent families from fully participating in specific services • Serve as a bridge between families and service providers, supporting a productive and respectful partnership by assisting families to express their strengths, needs, and goals • Support and assist families during stages of transition which may be unfamiliar (e.g., placements, hospitalizations, juvenile court appearances, etc.)
  • Advocacy and Empowerment • Coach and model shared decision-making and skills that support collaboration • Regularly consult with families and providers to ensure that the family’s perspectives are included in all planning and decision-making • Assist families to identify and set goals and short-term objectives • Prepare families for meetings and accompany them when needed
  • Skill Development • Help families learn and practice strategies to support their children’s positive behaviors • Assist families to implement strategies recommended by clinicians and to talk to clinicians about their comfort with the recommendations • Provide emotional support to families to reduce isolation, feelings of stigma, blame, and hopelessness • Link to workshops and courses on parenting that are matched to individual needs • Assist families to access transportation
  • Community and Natural Support
    • Help families rediscover and reconnect to natural supports already present in their lives
    • Utilize the families’ knowledge of their community in developing new supportive relationships
    • Help families identify and get involved in leisure and recreational activities in their communities
    • In partnership with community leaders, encourage families who express an interest to get more involved in faith or cultural organizations

  • Minimum Requirements

     

    Degree

  • High School Diploma or GED
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    Experience

  • No Experience
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    Supervisor Experience

  • No Experience
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    Licenses & Certifications

  • Valid Driver's License

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    Preferred Requirements and Additional Job Information

     

    Degree

  • Associate's Degree
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    Experience

  • <2 years
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    Licenses & Certifications

  • Cert/Lic in Area of Expertise

  • Benefits Statement

    Note: not all benefits apply to all openings

    -  Comprehensive medical, dental, life insurance, and disability plan options
    -  Pension Plan*/403(b) Plan
    -  401(k) plan
    -  Tuition Assistance
    -  Health Care and Dependent Care Reimbursement Accounts
    -  On-Site Fitness Center (depending on location)
    -  Paid Time Off Program for vacation, holiday and sick time

    *Pension does not apply to Memorial Hospital, Memorial Hospital East, Memorial Medical Group, Alton Memorial or Parkland Health Center


    Legal Statement

    The above information on this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees in this position. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

     

    Equal Opportunity Employer