Youth Peer Support Specialist - General Behavioral Health

$11.00 hourly
  • The Children's Center
  • 79 West Alexandrine Street, Detroit, MI, USA
  • Oct 29, 2019
Full time Nonprofit-Social Services

Job Description

The ideal candidate will have a passion to work with youth currently receiving services in a system of care and be open and willing to share information about their own lived experience and journey to heal.

What are the requirements to qualify for this role? This is a grant funded position that has many unique requirements. Please see what’s below in bold to review all qualifications that are required.

What will make you stand out? Previous work in community mental health or community based services; technical experience on Electronic Medical Records systems a plus

Who we are? The Children’s Center is one of Detroit’s oldest non-profits that has celebrated its 90th birthday. We are a community mental health agency focused on helping Detroit’s children and families shape their own futures.

What does a Youth Peer Support Specialist role consist of? The Youth Peer Specialist (YPSS) will act as a support and resource for youth with serious emotional disturbances (SED) who are receiving services in the behavioral health system. Utilizing their own lived experience in a system of care (community mental health, juvenile justice, CPS, etc.), the YPSS supports and assists clients through skill building, information sharing, and direct support. YPSS’s act as a key member of the treatment team by working with youth one on one or in a group, supporting them in achieving goals through shared activities and interventions. YPSS’s will support youth empowerment by assisting youth in developing skills to improve their overall  functioning and quality of life. The Youth Peer Support Specialist also works collaboratively to support systems change by increasing youth and family involvement and decreasing unintentional bias/stigma about child/youth receiving services.

Does this sound like the position for you?!

To qualify for this exciting opportunity you will need:

  • Received High School Diploma/GED
  • Must obtain MDCH Certified Peer Support Specialist within 6 months of hire and maintain throughout employment and attend up to 4consecutive days of training in Lansing (mileage reimbursement and overnight accommodations provided)
  • Must be between the age of 18-24 years old (due to grant funding requirements),
  • Must have “lived experience,” meaning currently or in the past, received services in the public mental health, child welfare, special education, and/or juvenile justice systems
  • Possess knowledge of community services and resources including access to public transportation
  • Access to a private vehicle for day to day job performance or reliable transportation
  • Ability to maintain a flexible work schedule in order to meet the needs of youth
  • If position requires driving, you must be able to provide proof of having a current, valid driver’s license, reliable transportation, and current automobile insurance
  • Ability to demonstrate computer skills related to EMR or similar software systems, MSOffice 365, and general office equipment

We encourage those from diverse communities, including those with bilingual proficiency to join our dynamic team. TCC offers a comprehensive benefits package including medical and prescription coverage with minimal employee contribution, 100%employer paid dental and vision, 160 hours of paid time off in your first year, and 403(b) thrift retirement plan.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $11.00 /hour