Peer Specialists at James A. Haley VA Hospital perform a variety of therapeutic and supportive tasks that include 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. Serve as a recovery agent by providing and advocating for any effective recovery based services that will aid the veteran in daily living. Assist veterans to articulate personal goals for recovery through the use of one -to-one and group sessions. Utilize recovery tools such as the Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) to assist veterans in creating their own individual wellness and recovery plans. Assist veterans in identifying their skills, strengths, supports and the resources needed to aid them in achieving those goals. Observe behaviors that might indicate difficulty adapting or responding to treatment . Complete appropriate documentation, and reports concerns to the treatment or recovery team in a timely manner. Maintain a working knowledge of current trends and developments in the mental health field by reading books, journals, and other relevant materials. Provides training to other staff and/or students in the use of information systems, patient management techniques, crisis-oriented counseling, discharge-planning, and liaison with community resources. Support services or other Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery services within the program as requested by the supervisor. Handle crisis interventions for any program patient or address other emergency situations without benefit of specific instructions. Plans outline a time table for coach monitoring, and/or a plan for re-engagement when needed to balance the health and overall quality of life for each individual. Work Schedule: 7:30 am -4:00 pm Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Description/PD#: Peer Specialist/00068-A Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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.