The incumbent functions as an interdisciplinary team member in the Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center (PRRC), assisting Veterans and other professional/non-professional personnel in a rehabilitation treatment program. Peer Specialists perform a variety of therapeutic and supportive tasks. The PRRC Peer Specialist serves as a recovery agent by providing and advocating for effective recovery based services that will aid the veteran in their mental health recovery. The incumbent orients veterans new to the PRRC programs in which they work about the services, hours, locations, staff and other pertinent information necessary for the veteran to understand the program and how to utilize it. May assist veterans to articulate personal goals for recovery through the use of one-to-one and group sessions. During these sessions, the incumbent may assist veterans in identifying their skills, strengths, supports and the resources needed to aid them in achieving those goals. May work with veterans to develop and implement a personal recovery plan. This peer-centered recovery plan is instrumental for individuals to "buy into" the process of their recovery. Central to such plans are the overall health and well-being of each individual, not just their mental health. Components often include support groups and individual therapy, basic health care maintenance, stable housing, improvements in family life and personal relationships as well as community connections. The plan may also include education goals, vocational development and job seeking. Some plans outline a time table for coach monitoring, and/or a plan for re-engagement when needed to balance the health and overall quality of life for each individual. The incumbent may assist veterans in determining the steps he/she needs to take in order to achieve these goals and self-directed recovery. The incumbent may utilize recovery tools such as the Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) to assist veterans in creating their own individual wellness and recovery plans. The incumbent may also contributes to the development of an effective discharge plan. The incumbent assists with the execution of the recovery plan and monitors progress, making timely reports of progress and new problems to the treatment team. Utilizing his/her personal recovery experience, the PRRC Peer Specialist may: - Teach and role model the value of every individual's recovery experience. - Model effective coping techniques and self-help strategies. -Facilitate recovery oriented groups and classes. - Assist in obtaining services that suit the individual's recovery needs. - Inform veterans about community and mutual supports and how to use these in the recovery process. Community resources may include but are not limited to consumer-run self-help and mutual support services, social security office, Department of Family and Children services, local YMCA, library, restaurants, veterans' service organizations, apartment complexes and other types of housing, etc. - Assist the veteran in exploring options for obtaining housing of his/her choice in the most integrated, independent and least intrusive or restrictive environment, by making referrals to appropriate VA housing programs. Performs other related duties as assigned. Promotion Potential: The selectee may be promoted to the full performance level without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met. Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level. Work Schedule: 0800 - 1630 Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Description/PD#: PRRC PEER SPECIALIST/PD09134A, PD09135A, PD09136A, and PD09137A Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.