Part Time Community Autism Peer Specialist

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The Community Autism Peer Specialist is a part time role located at 833 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107. The pay rate is $16.00 per hour. The schedule is flexible, and based on the needs of the participants. Early evening and weekend hours may be required. This is a hybrid work from home position, with required in-person participant visits and occasional office days.

***Effective October, 15, 2021, all new employees will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before beginning employment with MHP. Reasonable accommodations will be considered for those with qualifying medical or religious exemptions.***

We strongly encourage people of color, members of the LGBTQIA community, veterans, parents, and individuals with disabilities to apply. MHP is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes everyone to our team! If you need reasonable accommodation at any point in the application or interview process, please let us know.

ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES

  • Utilizing a variety of approaches including but not exclusive to mentoring, psychoeducation, and modeling new skills, collaborates with participants with assessing  their hopes, strengths, accomplishments and challenges in order to create goals; assists to identify supports and arrange services and resources to achieve goals.
  • Collaborates with participants to identify, develop, and access resources and supports to increase their success with responsibility, self-sufficiency, community integration and community inclusion.
  • Supports participants in the development of their self-directed recovery plans, the self-management of critical or crisis situations, and the coordination of relevant supports; facilitates the participant's self-review of their progress upon each encounter.
  • Obtains necessary information during the intake process, and collaboratively documents their progress in MHP's electronic health records system at time of service; ensures that all data is correct by verifying the information with the participant.
  • Supports participants in the community when participating in events, visits, and other interactions.
  • Complies with all other established quality and regulatory standards, including supervision and training requirements.
  • Creates weekly schedule, two weeks in advance that meets existing program productivity standards and supervision. 
  • Assists participants with educational, employment, or other goals of the participant's choosing, provides support with accessing appropriate medical, mental health and substance abuse services and/or acquiring stable housing as needed.
  • Maintains compliance with all MHP policies and procedures. Reports any activities that may violate established laws, regulations, policies or procedures. Raises questions about any actions contrary to law or policy taken by another staff member or employee or yourself, and reports the matter to management or to the Director - Quality Improvement & Compliance and/or Human Resources.
  • Other duties as assigned to fulfill MHP's mission.

ENTRY LEVEL REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum of a High School or GED Diploma required; Associates Degree in a Human Services related field is preferred.
  • Minimum of 1 year of paid or volunteer work experience or obtained 24 post-secondary education credits within the past 3 years required.
  • Experience in Autism services/work environment preferred (including internships and volunteer work).
  • Credentialed as a Community Autism Peer Specialist.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the local Autism systems and services.
  • Must possess basic computer skills to perform job duties including desktop computing, e-mail, time sheet management, electronic health records, internet research, etc. and the ability to learn software applications relevant to your position.
  • Ability to work independently and to carry out assignments to completion within parameters of instructions given, prescribed routines, and standard accepted practices.
  • Must be able to work under pressure and meet deadlines and billable unit requirements, while maintaining a positive attitude and providing exemplary customer service.
  • Depending on your program, you must possess a valid driver's license.
  • Depending on your program, must have access to a car to use for work on a daily basis with automobile insurance coverage at the state requirement levels and current state registration.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

  • Sit at a desk with ergonomically appropriate equipment.
  • Lift up to 25 lbs.
  • Ability to perform the essential job functions while meeting qualitative and/or quantitative productivity standards safely and successfully with or without a reasonable accommodation.
  • Ability to maintain regular, punctual attendance and be available for flexible work schedule, including evenings and weekends and/or work holidays/overtime as needed.
  • Be available for flexible work schedule, including evenings and weekends and/or work overtime as needed.
  • 80% of a Community Autism Peer Specialist's time is spent in community settings and/or outreach. Community Autism Peer Specialists must be able to travel within the community that may not be handicap accessible: walk, drive agency vehicles, and/or take public transportation depending on the needs of the program.
  • Frequent talking and listening. Must be able to talk, listen, retain information and speak clearly and accurately; possible exposure to loud and/or vulgar language and hostile gestures.

Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform their essential job duties.

ABOUT MHP

Mental Health Partnerships (MHP) seeks to empower individuals with mental health challenges to live full and satisfying lives, based on their specific needs and choices, all while remaining connected to their families, friendships and communities.

MHP offers over 40 services throughout the Greater Philadelphia region and beyond, including Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties in Pennsylvania, and select locations in the state of Delaware.