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STATUS:Regular, Part Time
SALARY RANGE:$17,743.70-$23,313.94
LOCATION:2140 E. Ellsworth Rd., Ann Arbor
The Youth Peer Support Specialist (YPSS) will act as a support and resource for youth with serious emotional disturbances (SED) who are receiving services in the behavioral health system. The YPSS act as a key member of the treatment team by working with youth one on one or in group, supporting them in achieving goals through shared activities and interventions. YPSSs will support youth empowerment by assisting youth in developing skills to improve their overall functioning and quality of life and working collaboratively with others involved in delivering the youth's care.
Essential Duties:

  • Attend all required trainings to enhance skills and meet agency guidelines and as required by the Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), and other agencies governing the operation of the agency.
  • Build and foster relationships with the youth and families and others working with the youth
  • Actively engage as a part of the treatment team to meet youth needs, complete all required documentation and paperwork
  • Prepare the youth to fully participate in their own meetings and treatment planning process (including Wraparound, Family Centered Planning meetings (IPOS) IEP meetings, etc.)
  • Teach self-advocacy, problem solving and independent living skills
  • Provide support during "rough" or "crisis times"
  • Provide community education about youth culture and perspective
  • Interrupt bias and promote a stance of acceptance while reducing stigma about mental health
  • Empower the youth to build understanding in others about their unique mental health needs
  • In collaboration with the youth, work with other internal and external partners (i.e. schools, faith community, other human service organizations) to develop natural supports to eliminate barriers to services, enhance existing community services or develop new services based on the needs of the youth
  • Co-facilitate groups of youth focusing on goals as specified in treatment plan
  • Provide consultation and education to individuals and groups and use problem solving techniques with the objective of assisting youth in improving or maintaining functioning
  • Serve as a role model and active participant in supporting youth in meeting their treatment plan goals
  • Perform other related duties as assigned by the supervisor
Organizational Development:

  • Fosters and promotes the organization's mission, vision and goals.
  • Demonstrates alignment with the organization's vision and mission.
  • Participates in continuing education activities to further enhancement of services.
  • Represents the agency in the community in a manner that fosters understanding of the mental health needs of consumers and the goals/mission of the organization
Other duties may be assigned by the Health Services Supervisor dependent on program needs.

  • Duties require sufficient mobility to work in a normal office setting and use standard office equipment including a computer, vision to read printed materials and a computer monitor, and hearing and speech sufficient to communicate in person or over the telephone.
  • May require a moderate to extensive amount of walking and working outdoors during all weather conditions.
These requirements may be accommodated for otherwise qualified individuals requiring and requesting such accommodations.
Proficiency in The Following Areas:

  • Ability to communicate and model a sense of hope and expectancy for youth with SED
  • Ability and willingness to self-disclose and share experience with others
  • Technical skill in the area of community collaboration
  • Knowledge and resources of the child serving systems and how to access useful resources in the community
  • Ability to maintain and role model strong boundaries
  • Problem solving skills
  • Competence in working as a team member within child serving systems
  • Strong commitment to the mission/values of PIHP/CMHSP system
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Computer and data processing skills
  • Possess basic computer proficiency skills
  • Data collection and storage procedures
  • HIPAA/Confidentiality requirements
  • Report generation and documentation
Skills in:

  • Working as a team member
  • Performing effectively under stress
  • Organizing and prioritizing tasks, making sound judgments and decisions
  • Operating standard office equipment, including but not limited to; personal computer, fax machine and photocopier
  • Interacting in a professional manner with community members
Beyond six months

  • Employee will continue to participate in on-going professional development activities, maintain all required professional development, and will be able to demonstrate increased competence in the skills required for the position. In addition, the employee will maintain their certification as a Peer Support Specialist.
  • Valid Michigan driver's license
  • Access to and ability to utilize transportation in order to perform job activities
  • Eligible and must be trained in MDHHS approved curriculum and ongoing training model
  • Ability to pass background check and screen requirements as required by agency
  • Possession of a high school diploma or its equivalent.
Special Medicaid YPSS Age Qualifications/ Bona Fide Occupational Qualification:

Youth Peer Support is a Medicaid State Plan service described in the Michigan Medicaid Provider Manual in the Mental Health- Substance Abuse Chapter in Section 17.3.G.3 Peer Delivered or Operated Support.
Youth Peer Support Specialists must be:

  • Young adult, ages 18 through 26, with lived experience who received mental health services as a youth.
  • Willing and able to self-identify as a person who has or is receiving behavioral health services and is prepared to use that experience in helping others
  • Experience receiving services as a youth in complex, child serving systems preferred (behavioral health, child welfare, juvenile justice, special education, etc.)
  • Employed by PIHP/CMHSP or its contract providers.
  • Trained in the MDHHS approved curriculum and ongoing training model.
This class description intends to identify the major duties and requirements of the job and should not be interpreted as all-inclusive. Incumbents may be requested to perform job-related duties other than those outlined above and may be required to have specific job-related knowledge for successful job performance.


CONTROL NUMBER: 2207-5180-1581-0010


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