• Orange/Ulster Rose House Peer Companion- PT
  • Orange County Housing Coordinator- FT

Orange County Housing Coordinator

Full Time: Orange County

 

The Housing Coordinator implements PEOPLe, Inc.’s Supported Housing programs (OMH, HUD), helping people with histories of mental health challenges to live independent, self-determined lives in community.

The Orange County Housing Coordinator will provide the following services:

  • Provides screenings to potential program participants identified through the local county’s Single Point of Access (SPOA) process (Help directly link potential program participants not identified through SPOA with the necessary resources to become SPOA-identified)
  • Educates potential program participants on who PEOPLe Inc. is, what the agency stands for (mission & core values), and how the agency’s Supported Housing program operates  (Additional information on OMH or HUD Supported Housing guidelines, and general housing rights)
  • Assists accepted program clients with budgeting, incl. rental costs, utilities, program subsidies, personal finances, and other related personnel costs.
  • Directly explores with clients housing rental options that suit their financial, environmental, and personal needs
  • Assists clients in completing rental applications
  • Assists clients in understanding all leasing contract components
  • Assists clients in managing the moving process
  • Assists clients in furnishing rentals
  • Help clients to continuously budget their money sensibly to maintain their housing and other basic needs
  • Regularly verify client’s’ income and budgeted costs to ensure that rental subsidies are up-to-date and accurate.
  • Maintains regular meaningful contact with clients (amount determined by clients), with no less than one (1) face-to-face and two (2) additional indirect contacts per month
  • Educates clients on useful health & wellness topics, including but not limited to
  • Peer/Self-help Resources
  • Recovery from Mental Health Challenges (from a Psychiatric Rehabilitation perspective)
  • Wellness & Whole Health (SAMHSA’s Eight Dimensions of Wellness)
  • Community Resources (across all domains of health, e.g.: physical, mental, substance use, socio-economic determinants of health)
  • Trauma & Healing
  • Wellness Planning & Prevention (e.g. WRAP)
  • Natural Supports (developing/maintaining).
  • Helps clients to identify barriers to their recovery journeys or personal wellness, including issues related to access, quality of care, people’s rights, lack of basic needs, and stigma & discrimination
  • Advocates for client’s side-by-side to overcome identified barriers, making sure their voices are heard, and their decisions are understood and respected.
  • Builds peer-to-peer connections / relationships based on mutuality (shared lived experiences), empathy, and hope for recovery/wellness (peers-as-proof).
  • Provides peer support, sharing stories, personal feelings, information, and strategies for living well.
  • Coaches clients to identify & accomplish whole health goals related to the Eight Dimensions of Wellness (emotional, social, physical, environmental, financial, intellectual, occupational, spiritual)
  • Directly connects people to the services and supports they need through direct bridging/linking (as opposed to referrals only)
  • Develops and maintains positive working relationships with other provider agencies, and local housing providers (landlords) within the county and its surrounding environs
  • Documents all meaningful interactions in electronic records software and maintain hard copies in clients’ files
  • Regularly attend SPOA meetings, HUD Continuum of Care meetings, and other related meetings
  • Consistently support PEOPLe, Inc.’s mission to instill a sense of hope, empowerment, and self-determination in people living with mental illness that fosters recovery and a transition to wellness.
  • Align all behaviors with core values that promote trauma-informed care, customer engagement and satisfaction, mutuality & empathy, and a philosophical commitment that everyone can and will recover.

Qualifications:

  • Lived experience/s with mental illness or posttraumatic stress.
  • High School degree / equivalency required, Bachelor’s preferred.
  • Valid driver’s license with reliable transportation required.   This

position requires up to 50% travel.

  • Bilingual English/Spanish preferred.
  • New York State Peer Specialist Certification or ability to obtain

Certification within 6 months of hire.  

  • Must work towards Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner (CPRP)

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of responsibilities, duties, or activities that are required of the employee for their job. Responsibilities, duties, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

To Apply:

All interested candidates please submit your cover letter and resume to Christina Miccio, Orange County Site Director, via email christinam@projectstoempower.org in response to this posting (preferred) or by mail:

 

Christina Miccio

Orange County Site Director

PEOPLe, Inc,

126 Innis Avenue

Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

 

We thank all applicants for their interest and time but only candidates that are selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls regarding this posted position will be accepted.


Orange County Rose House Peer Companion

Per diem position: Orange County

 

The Per Diem Crisis Diversion Peer Companion staff will support the daily operations of our Rose House Hospital Diversion Service. They provide peer support for each Rose House guest. The Peer Companion is available to instill hope, support wellness and demonstrate that recovery is real and does happen. Peer Companions model and utilize trauma informed techniques and tools, help guests set goals and engage in community and social events.

 

We are currently accepting applications for all shifts including the following:  9am-5pm week days and weekends, 4pm-12am (evenings on weeknights and weekends) and 12am-9am (overnights on weeknights and weekends).

 

Highlights of duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:  

  • Provide support for guests during interview, intake, arrival and departure.
  • Share personal experience and encourage mental health wellness and recovery.
  • Assist in connection to mental health services, community resources, entitlements, and other services as needed.
  • Model and utilize Trauma Informed techniques and tools as out lined in : Intentional Peer Support (IPS), Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP), Mental Health First Aid, Emotional CPR (eCPR), Motivational Interviewing, SafeTALK, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), PEOPLe, Inc. In-House Peer Advocacy Training, and Crisis Diversion / Respite House Training.
  • Complete all necessary Academy of Peer Services (APS) on-line learning and complete NY State Peer Specialist Certification Application.
  • Transport guests to store or appointments when needed, using agency vehicle.
  • Provide telephone support to peers in the community through the 24 hour peer warm line.
  • Help maintain a clean, safe and secure trauma informed environment. Some cleaning duties may be assigned.
  • Manage downtime with Guest wellness focused activities and duties.
  • Work cooperatively Rose House team and maintain clear, honest and respectful communication with team members

 

Requirements:

  • Honesty, respect for diversity, high personal standards, language and behaviors reflecting such values.
  • Demonstrated ability to recognize the need for and facilitate connections between consumers and the community.
  • Understanding of available community supports.
  • Working knowledge of confidentiality requirements related to records pertaining to Mental Health and Chemical Dependency laws.
  • Must have good time management skills and be self-directing.
  • Must have reliable transportation.
  • High School Diploma Required.

 

Qualifications:

  • At least two years in recovery from acute care environment
  • Completion of the Academy of Peer Services Training and the ability to obtain the NY State Peer Specialist Certification.
  • Shared vision of hope for people experiencing crisis
  • Work or Volunteer experience providing peer support, advocacy or human services.
  • Basic knowledge of community support services/resources
  • Completion of Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) training (preferred).
  • Understanding of recovery and wellness vs. illness based system (preferred)
  • Professional demeanor.
  • Bilingual English/Spanish strongly preferred.

 

This position is a per diem position available for up to 20 Hours per week.

 

To Apply:

All interested candidates please submit your cover letter and resume to Christina Miccio, Orange County Site Director, via email christinam@projectstoempower.org in response to this posting (preferred) or by mail:

 

Christina Miccio

Orange County Site Director

PEOPLe, Inc,

126 Innis Avenue

Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

 

We thank all applicants for their interest and time but only candidates that are selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls regarding this posted position will be accepted.


Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Statement
PEOPLe, Inc. provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws. PEOPLe, Inc. complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training. PEOPLe, Inc. expressly prohibits any form of unlawful employee harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of PEOPLe, Inc.’s employees to perform their expected job duties is absolutely not tolerated.

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