Peer Support Person (Maple House)
Washington County Mental Health Services, Inc. | Montpelier, VT
Maple House is a unique Peer Support Crisis Bed program, one of the first within Vermont in the Designated Agency (DA) system. Support is currently offered for Washington County Mental Health Services (WCMHS) Community Support Program (CSP) consumers. Maple House is a peer support run program, meaning the supports come from those with personal lived experience with similar issues as those seeking supports.
The program is an alternative option for wellness, during a challenging time in one’s life, within a safe, stable and compassionate environment. Maple House’s mission is to provide compassionate peer support for CSP consumers through offering an alternative option within a safe and supportive environment. The peer staff at Maple House consistently improve their skills and knowledge through internal and external trainings and experiences to assist and provide guests with a safe space to rest and manage the stressors they have come to recognize.
We are looking for an individual to provide peer support to Community Support Program clients during their stay in a crisis bed.
This hourly position is working one on one with an individual who for a short period of time needs who may need some respite from their current living situation, or is stepping down from a hospital or Home Intervention stay. The peer support staff would use an outreach approach based on the recovery model to assist the resident in gaining or using skills to cope more effectively with their environmental stressors. The peer support staff would provide role modeling and understanding from their own learned experiences.
Specific Duties and Requirements:
1. Help ensure safety and security of the resident.
2. Develop a respectful and trusting relationship with the resident.
3. Share an evening meal with resident to establish rapport and a continuing connection during their stay.
4. This is a sleep overnight position but staff must be available to resident if an issue arises.
5. Evaluate progress to ascertain if resident needs a higher level of care, or if a continued stay at the temporary support bed would be beneficial.
6. Using recovery model tools to assist resident in managing symptoms that were challenging for them.
7. Ability to engage in meaningful activities with the resident to promote a sense of well-being and progress toward goal of returning home.
8. Ability to follow through on paperwork requirements including timesheets and shift summaries.
Education: High School degree minimum requirement. Lived experience receiving mental health services.
Abilities: To quickly access situations, make decisions and follow through with minimal supervision. To serve the guests interests, recognizing their unlimited potential. To act in a professional manner as a representative of WCMHS.