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Family Partner

Company: Center for Human Development
Location: Chicopee
Posted on: March 20, 2023

Job Description:

CHD is seeking applicants for Family Partners to join the new Community Behavioral Health Center team!

The Family Support Specialist is in a position to provide ongoing support to families in navigating the Community Behavioral Health Center's Crisis, Crisis-Stabilization, and Outpatient Therapy programs, and will support brief interventions that address a youth's behavior and safety. These staff members shall have lived experience as caregivers of youth with special needs, preferably youth with behavioral health needs. They will develop a helpful, confidential, and supportive relationship with clients and families, provide informal guidance, act as a sounding board, and build client's confidence and hope.

Some examples of duties can include:

  • Uses their own recovery story with a goal of communicating hope
  • Models self-help and self-advocacy, utilizing the principles outlined by the Peer Code of Values and Competencies
  • Shares information about community resources, including other peer-run groups, housing and benefit resources, and community events
  • Accompanies and facilitates participants' engagement in community activities and resources of their choice, including but not limited to connections with the Recovery Learning Community
  • If needed facilitates or co-facilitates peer led groups to support participants in their Recovery, parenting skills or improving their relationship with their child/ren
  • Upon the request of the individual supported, the Family Recovery and Support Specialist offers support and advocacy in treatment settings such as at IEP meetings, Care Planning meetings or other appointments
  • Coordinates communication with external providers that are part of the participants system of care and support.
  • Gives input regarding the development of new agency policies, as well as existing policies, to ensure a person-centered approach to providing recovery services. Successful applicants will have the minimum qualifications:
    • Lived experience with Recovery
    • Lived experience with being a parent
    • Completion of the Recovery Coach Academy, preferred. Completion of programming within first 12 months possible.
    • Demonstrated ability to engage and build respectful and collaborative relationships with peers, providers, and external agencies
    • Experience in advocacy or peer support preferred
    • High school diploma or GED required, college degree preferred.
    • Ability to pass Red Cross, CPR, and First AID Certification.
    • Valid Driver's License and reliable vehicle for work purposes
    • Basic computer word processing skills

      Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

      The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

Keywords: Center for Human Development, Chicopee , Family Partner, Other , Chicopee, Massachusetts

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