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Peer Support Partners, Waterville and the Winthrop/Farmington area

Kennebec Behavioral Health, named as one of the Best Places to Work in Maine for 2021, 2022 and 2023, is currently seeking  Peer Support Partners (PSP) to join our Behavioral Health Home (BHH) team in the Waterville area and one for the Winthrop/Farmington area. This position works as a member of a multidisciplinary team that partners with people seeking their best life.

Peer Support, partners with participants in the Behavioral Health Home, (BHH) to create an authentic secure space to discuss hard topics, share their personal lived experiences and discover how we’ve come to think, behave and believe the way we do, so we can learn about new ways to relate that will work both of us. We use a person-centered, strengths approach to explore hopes, goals, dreams and values, and discover new ways of thinking about where we want life to go from here.

PSP’s partner one-on-one with people in a community setting or in their homes. We work together to develop a mutual connection, where we practice different ways to speak our truth, and advocate for what we need as everybody’s voice is important.

PSP’s may be asked to facilitate groups in various topics related to the setting in which we work, including topics such as wellness, self-discovery, boundaries, self-esteem, healthy relationships.

This is a non-clinical role. We do NOT conduct assessments, make evaluations. We don’t help, instead we partner with people because we are on a similar journey of liberating ourselves. One of the guiding principles of Peer Support, is “Nothing About Us Without Us.” So what we say stays between us.

Required Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs):  Education: High school diploma or equivalent required. Some college preferred. License/Certifications: Peer support staff may function as a CIPSS without CIPSS certification for the first nine (9) months of functioning as a CIPSS, but may not continue functioning as a CIPSS beyond nine (9) months without: (a) having received provisional certification by completion of the Core training, and (b) continuing pursuit of full certification as a CIPSS and maintaining certification as an Intentional Peer Support Specialist according to requirements as defined by SAMHS.

Employment is contingent on the above certification guidelines, a current driver’s license and reliable transportation and adequate car insurance.

Experience: one-on-one direct peer service and/or group facilitation is preferred. Can model strengths-based interactions and treat all individuals with respect and dignity.

Willingness to further develop communication skills (i.e. written, verbal, and computer.)

  • Demonstrated ability to focus on continual learning and growth.
  • Computer proficiency needed – ability to do basic computer skills in Microsoft Office and Outlook email.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective and positive working relationships with a variety of volunteers, fellow co-workers, and recovery communities.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively.

Benefits:  KBH is an eligible employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) that provides workers with qualifying employment and loan payments federal student debt forgiveness after 10 years or 120 monthly payments. KBH also offers:

  • HEALTH, DENTAL, VISION, DISABILITY AND LIFE INSURANCE
  • 403(B) WITH EMPLOYER MATCH
  • TUITION REIMBURSEMENT FOR CONTINUED EDUCATION
  • 65.5 CENTS PER MILE TRAVEL REIMBURSEMENT
  • HEALTH & WELLNESS PROGRAMMING INCLUDING $30/MONTH GYM REIMBURSEMENT
  • ONGOING CONTINUING EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES
  • PAID TIME OFF TO INCLUDE HOLIDAYS, EARNED VACATION TIME, EARNED SICK TIME AND A PERSONAL DAY

To apply for this job please visit referrals.kbhmaine.org.

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