Peer and Family Support Specialist

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Location Springfield, IL
Date Posted September 25, 2012
Category CRSS
Job Type Full-Time
Contact Name Noemi Velazquez
Contact Phone Number 773-881-0530
Contact Fax Number 773-881-4139
Contact EMail Address [email protected]
Street Address 2 Ste 203
Street Address 1 9901 S. Western Avenue
City Chicago
State Illinois
Zip Code 60643
Agency Name Anchor Staffing, Inc/Illinois Mental Health Collaborative
Submitted by Name Noemi Velazquez


- Promote recovery, resilience and hope by providing training and support individually or in a group to consumers, families and mental health professionals.

- Provide peer and family support by telephone for persons receiving public mental health services in Illinois.

- Assist consumers and family members in filing complaints and grievances.

- Work with a team to develop and edit consumer and family education materials.

- Provide technical assistance to consumer and family groups.

Job Requirements

Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services, Communications or related field preferred.

Certified Recovery Support Specialist (CRSS) credential, or demonstration of the CRSS competencies and ability to achieve the credential within one year of date of hire required.

Professional Responsibility: Demonstrate competency in computer, organizational, and telephone communication skills.

Recovery Support: Help persons access the mental health services and supports that will help them attain their individual recovery goals.

Advocacy: Help individuals to communicate effectively to get their needs met. Promote the principles of individual choice and self-determination.

Mentoring: Invest in others’ personal or professional development. Support consumers and families during ordinary and extraordinary times.

Personal Experience:
Personal experience in recovery from a mental illness, or a combination of a mental illness and substance abuse, or experience as a parent supporting a child’s recovery, is valued.

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