Advocacy Services for Kids

Youth Peer Support Specialist

Advocacy Services for Kids

JOB TITLE: Youth Peer Support Specialist

TIME/HOURS: Full-time 40 hours/week


WAGE/SALARY: $13.00/hour

SUPERVISOR: Youth Services Manager



The Youth Peer Specialist (YPSS) will act as a supportand resource for youth with serious emotional disturbances (SED) who arereceiving services in the behavioral health system. The YPSS will act as a keymember of the treatment team by working with youth one on one or in a group,supporting them in achieving goals through shared activities and interventions.YPSSs will support youth empowerment by assisting youth in developing skills toimprove their overall functioning and quality of life while workingcollaboratively with others involved in delivering the youth's care.


Attend all required training to enhance skills andmeet agency guidelines as required by the Department of Health and HumanServices (MDHHS), and other agencies governing the operation of the agency.

Build and foster relationships with the youth andfamily & others working with the youth.

Actively engage as part of the treatment team tomeet youth needs, complete all required documentation and paperwork.

Prepare the youth to fully participate in their ownmeetings and treatment planning process (including Wraparound, Family CenteredPlanning meetings (IPOS), IEP meetings, etc.)

Teach self-advocacy, problem solving and independentliving skills.

Provide support during "rough" or "crisis" times.

Provide community education about youth culture andperspective.

Interrupt bias and promote a stance of acceptancewhile reducing stigma about mental health.

Empower the youth to build understanding in othersabout their unique mental health needs.

In collaboration with the youth, work with otherinternal and external partners (i.e. schools, faith community, other humanservices organizations) to develop natural supports to eliminate barriers toservices, enhance existing community services or develop new services based onthe needs of the youth.

Co-facilitate groups of youth focusing on goals asspecified in treatment plan.

Provide consultation and education to individualsand groups and use problem solving techniques with the objective of assistingyouth in improving or maintaining functioning.

Serve as a role model and active participant insupporting youth in meeting their treatment plan goals.

Perform other related duties as assigned by theSupervisor.


Young adult, ages 18 through 26.

Willing and able to self-identify as a person who hasor is receiving mental health services as a youth and has lived experience, andis prepared to use that experience to helping others.

Experience receiving services as a youth in complex,child serving systems (behavioral health, child welfare, juvenile justice,special education, foster care etc.) preferred.

High School Diploma/ GED.

Eligible and understands that they must be trained inMDHHS approved curriculum and ongoing training model.

Able to attend training October 11ththrough the 13th and November 15th and 16th2016 in Lansing, Michigan- 8 hours per day.

Strong communication, time management andorganizational skills.

Possess basic computer proficiency skills.

Valid driver's license.

Access to and ability to utilize transportation inorder to perform job activities.

Ability to pass background check and screeningrequirements as required by agency.


Ability to communicate and model a sense of hope andexpectancy for youth with SED.

Ability and willingness to self-disclose and shareexperience with others.

Technical skill in the area of community collaborations.

Knowledge and resources of the child serving systemsand 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 childserving systems.

Strong commitment to the mission/values of thePIHP/CMHSP System.

Strong written and verbal communication skills.

Computer and data processing skills.

Data collection and storage procedures.

HIPAA/Confidentiality requirements.

Report generation and Documentation.

Please send resume and cover letter by 9-21-16 to:

Advocacy Services for Kids

ATTN: Kaley Ford, Youth Involvement Coordinator

216 Balch Street

Kalamazoo, Michigan 49001

269-343-5896 ext. 2632


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