Peer Support Specialist - Extra-Help Peer Support Specialist

  • Merced County, CA
  • Merced, California
  • Jul 01, 2020
Full Time Clerical and Administrative Support Human and Social Services
  • Salary: $1,232.80 - $1,500.80 Biweekly USD

Job Description

Examples of Duties
This recruitment is being established to obtain a current eligible list for both full time and Extra-Help vacancies. Extra-Help are not entitled to county benefits and are limited to a maximum of 25 hours per week. Extra-Help pay is up to $15.41 per hour.

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Learns to interview and participate in educational and clinical settings; assist consumers to complete forms.
  • Learns to assist outreach Behavioral Health and Recovery Services, Social Services, or Probation staff in linking consumers with resources and in appropriate level of care.
  • Learns to lead activity groups and prevocational groups in a program setting.
  • Learns to identify and utilize appropriate community agencies for referral of consumers.
  • May work in non-traditional settings such as community shelters, outreach programs, etc.
  • Prepare routine reports and correspondence and maintain consumer records.
  • Participates in in-service or other training courses and staff meetings.
  • May assist consumers in various skills needed for craft activities and transport to various activities.
  • May assist therapists, social workers, or probation officers with communication with non-English speaking consumers.
  • Helps provide a therapeutic climate for patients by listening and socializing with them.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications
Experience:
Background with Behavioral Health and Recovery Services, Child Welfare, or Criminal Justice System as a consumer, family member, or significant other of a consumer.

Education:
Must be able to read and write at the level required by the specific job assignment.

Special Requirement:
Possess a valid California Driver License at the time of appointment and maintain, for some positions in this classification.

Desirable:
Background in assisting persons with histories of alcohol and drug abuse.

Six (6) months experience with direct contact in a behavioral health and recovery service, medical, probation, or human service setting.

Six (6) months experience in a health related field providing services to consumer and/or continuous consumer contact.

High school diploma or equivalent.

Bilingual is preferred.

SOME POSITIONS IN THIS CLASSIFICATION WILL BE SUBJECT TO CRIMINAL HISTORY BACKGROUND CHECKS PURSUANT TO THE HUMAN RESOURCES RULES AND REGULATIONS, SECTION 2, B
Essential Functions
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
  • Communicate effectively with others in person and over the telephone.
  • Meet deadlines under stressful conditions; complete multiple projects with conflicting deadlines.
  • Ability to identify potential conflicts and refer appropriately.
  • Effectively work withculturally diverse populations.
  • Maintain confidential information in accordance with legal standards and/or County regulations.
  • Understand and ensure compliance with policies, procedures and regulations.
  • Frequent use of depth perception, peripheral vision and color perception.
  • Frequently lift, carry, reach, push, pull, twist and manipulate large and small objects.
  • Kneel, bend, twist, squat, balance and crawl; occasionally lift and carry up to 40 pounds.
  • Frequent use of hand-eye coordination; normal dexterity, frequent holding and grasping.
  • Frequent use of data entry device including repetitive hand and arm motion.
  • Regular attendance is an essential function.


Knowledge of:
  • Basic knowledge of principles, procedures, techniques, and trends of providing rehabilitation services for Behavioral Health and Recovery Services, Social Services, or Probation consumers and/or those with alcohol and drug addictions.
  • Basic knowledge of Behavioral Health and Recovery Services characteristics, Social Service Agencies, and the Criminal Justice system.
  • Have knowledge of scope, availability, and activities of community resources, including other Behavioral Health and Recovery Services, Social Service Agencies, and/or Probation.
  • Knowledge of Behavioral Health and Recovery Services, Social Services, and/or Probation Services from a consumers perspective.


Ability to:
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with consumers and families, co-workers and those contacted during the course of work.
  • Organize and coordinate basic living skills activities.
  • Assist with development and implementation of consumer plan of care.
  • Maintain the confidentiality of consumer information.
  • Prepare reports and notes within time lines; understand and follow oral and written instructions.
  • Document consumer progress on stated goals and objectives.
  • Empathize with consumers; understand and accept differences in human behavior.
  • Communicate effectively, orally and in writing; benefit from training.


HOLIDAYS & LEAVES

VACATION

10 days the first 5 years of continuous employment (limited to a maximum of 160 hours), 15 days in the second 5 years of continuous employment (limited to a maximum of 240 hours), and 20 days after 10 years of continuous employment (limited to a maximum of 320 hours).

SICK LEAVE

.0462 hours sick leave for each paid regularly scheduled work hour. 12 days (96 hours per year) with unlimited accumulation. Optional annual buy back of a portion of accumulated sick leave hours upon meeting certain criteria.

HOLIDAYS

Twelve paid holidays annually plus one optional holiday.

BEREAVEMENT LEAVE

Three (3) regularly scheduled work days or five (5) days if distance traveled over 500 miles one-way.

INSURANCE

HEALTH INSURANCE


County paid health plan with maximum contributions; 100% for employee up to maximum of $420, 50% of dependent up to maximum of $100 for child/$220 for spouse biweekly. There are multiple health plans to choose from. County paid dental and vision plans, 100% for employee, with 50% of dependent premiums paid by the County.

County sponsored employee health clinic available for zero or reduced co-pay depending on selected health plan.

DISABILITY INSURANCE

State Disability Insurance - Benefit based on highest quarter during previous calendar year. Employee pays premium.

LIFE INSURANCE

$10,000 County-paid coverage (Accidental Death and Dismemberment included). Voluntary Term Life and Universal Life Insurance available - premium paid by employee.

RETIREMENT

DEFERRED COMPENSATION


The County offers a 457 Deferred Compensation Plan. Employees choose their investment funds and can make pretax contributions to the plan up to the maximum allowable.

MERCED COUNTY EMPLOYEE RETIREMENT ASSOCIATION


The retirement plan is a defined benefit plan administered pursuant to the County Employees Retirement Law of 1937 and other provisions of the California Government Code. MCERA members also pay into Social Security.The applicable benefit formula is dependent upon your hire date with an MCERA employer; yourpension amount will be determined by your age, years of service and final compensation amount.

EXTRA HELP EMPLOYEES DO NOT QUALIFY FOR COUNTY BENEFITS.

EMPLOYEE PROGRAMS

EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (EAP)


MHN EAP services provides up to five face-to-face counseling sessions per incident and provides a toll-free "800" hotline available 24/7 for emergencies and crisis intervention. EAP services include counseling services, legal services, financial services and Work-life Resource services.

For more information log on to members.mhn.com.


EMPLOYEE TICKETS, COUPONS, and DISCOUNTS

The County of Merced has partnered with Employee Savings Tickets to provide discounted coupons and tickets for all county employees to attractions throughout the state and out-of-state. The discounts and coupons are available for shopping, movies, sporting events, theme parks, zoos and aquariums and much more.

THIS BULLETIN IS NOT A CONTRACT AND DOES NOT CREATE CONTRACTUAL OR LEGAL RIGHTS ON BEHALF OF ANY EMPLOYEE. THIS BULLETIN IS SUBJECT OF BEING SUPPLEMENTED, MODIFIED, WITHDRAWN OR OTHERWISE CHANGED PENDING LABOR AGREEMENTS AND/OR AT THE DISCRETION OF THE COUNTY EXECUTIVE OFFICER OR AS THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS DEEM NECESSARY.

For answers to specific questions regarding employee benefits, please call Human Resources at 209.385.7682 or go to Merced County Benefits Summary


01

Can you effectively communicate in English and Spanish?
  • Yes
  • No


02

Can you effectively communicate in English and Hmong?
  • Yes
  • No


03

Do you have a background as a consumer with Behavioral Health and Recovery Services, Child Welfare, or Criminal Justice System, or are you a family member, or significant other of a consumer?
  • Yes
  • No


04

If you answered yes to the previous question 3, please list your qualifying background.

Required Question

Job Address

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