Peer Support Specialist I (Military / Veteran)
Staff & Executive - Healthcare - Medical and Patient Services
UBHC-Vets 4 Warriors
Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care (UBHC), established in 1971, offers a full continuum of evidence based behavioral health and addiction services for children, adolescents, adults, and seniors throughout New Jersey. UBHCs 1,060 experienced behavioral health professionals and support staff are dedicated to treatment, prevention, and education. UBHC, one of the largest providers of behavioral health care in the country, has a budget of $260 million and has 15 sites throughout New Jersey. Services are readily accessible and include: inpatient, outpatient, partial hospitalization, screening, crisis stabilization, family/caregiver support, community outreach and case management, supportive housing, supported employment, prevention and consultation, employee assistance programs, and a licensed therapeutic school from preschool through high school. Specialty services include the New Jersey suicide prevention helpline and peer help lines for police, veterans, active military, teachers, mothers of special needs children and child protective service workers. In FY2016, UBHC treated 16,199 consumers, had 24,502 admissions, and touched the lives of 19,441 individual callers through peer support. In addition, UBHC is the primary mental health training resource for the New Jersey departments of Human Services, Children and Families, and Corrections, delivering 16,000 trainings each year.
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey is seeking a Peer Support Specialist I (Military / Veteran) in the Vets4Warriors Call Center for Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care.
Peer Support Specialist I (Military / Veteran) performs functions in support of the Units mission providing person centered, culturally competent, and consumer friendly services to individuals who contact the Call Center. Receives telephone, chat, and text requests for service, undertakes review of the service need of the caller or consumer, and responds by offering peer support and appropriate referrals and dispositions.
Among the key duties of this position are the following:
Provides assistance to the Peer Support Specialist IIs & IIIs, as needed.
Is the point of escalation for situations on the call center floor.
Works with the clinician on duty or on call for crisis calls coming into the call center.
Develops and maintains a peer to peer relationship with individuals served so that he/she can identify emotional, psychiatric or behavioral changes with may require further support.
Utilizes own experiences as a vehicle to connect and establish rapport and relationship building with individual served.
Promptly responds to all service requests.
Demonstrates the ability to use a standardized template thoroughly and efficiently to guide a telephone screening of the service needs of all populations with the full array of behavioral health problems.
Demonstrates the ability to identify contacts that need a higher level of intervention, and follow departmental protocol for handling and triaging crisis or high risk calls.
Documents all contact information in accordance with departmental protocols and accurately and appropriately inputs data in units informational system.
Interacts efficiently with computer to obtain/enter information for specified items in the appropriate protocol.
Hours Per Week
Daily Work Shift
Annual Minimum Salary
Annual Mid Range Salary
Annual Maximum Salary
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Rutgers offers a comprehensive benefit program to eligible employees. For details, please go to http://uhr.rutgers.edu/benefits/benefits-overview.
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Terms of Appointment
Staff - 12 month
Position Pension Eligibility
Minimum Education and Experience
High School diploma or equivalent.
One (1) year of related experience is required, such as working for the Vets4Warriors program either as a Peer Support Specialist II or III.
At least seven (7) years of active duty service or have served ninety (90) days in a combat zone which includes medically discharged or medically retired service members or have served eight (8) years in the National Guard or have the demonstrated ability to perform the essential duties of the position based on relevant life experience or as a caregiver to one of the above service members.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Demonstrated ability to use a computer to record services and other basic office functions.
Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a member of a team.
Will be required to work nights and weekends.
Prior lead experience.
Bachelors Degree in a relevant social or health care field.
Physical Demands and Work Environment
: Ability to speak clearly and write proficiently. Hearing is essential. The ability to focus on the task at hand despite numerous interruptions. Must be able to sit for extended periods of time and document into an electronic contact record. May be required to lift up to 20lbs.
: Handles phone requests under time and decision-making pressure. Generally pleasant working conditions in a clean, well-lighted, and quiet to moderately loud setting. Handles emergency or crisis situations.
Family members are encouraged to apply.
Posting Open Date
Special Instructions to Applicants
Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS)
Home Location Campus
Downtown New Brunswick
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