Peer Specialist - Mobile Response Team
Posted on: January 26, 2023
Job Title: MRT Peer Specialist
Pay Range: $31.52 - $34.81 per hour
Days Off: TBD
Shift & Schedule:
9am - 5pm M-F, eventually will break into the following shifts:
Day: 7am-3:30pm; Swing: 3pm-11:30pm; Night: 11pm-7:30am
Location: Variable, Seattle, WA
Insurance Benefits: Medical (no premiums/payroll deductions for
employee coverage), Dental, Life, Long-term Disability
Other Benefits: Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Flexible
Spending Account (FSA), ORCA card subsidy, Paid Time Off (34 days
per year), Retirement Plan
DESC (Downtown Emergency Service Center) is a nonprofit
organization working to help people with the complex needs of
homelessness, substance use disorders, and serious mental illness
achieve their highest potential for health and well-being through
comprehensive services, treatment, and housing. Our vision is a
community where no person is abandoned, ignored, or experiencing
As the region's leading provider of services to multiply disabled
adults who have experienced chronic homelessness, DESC serves
almost 2,000 people each day. Our integrated service model is
designed to help people secure and maintain appropriate, safe, and
affordable housing. DESC is recognized nationally and regionally as
an innovator in developing solutions to homelessness.
The Mobile Response Team (MRT) provides 24/7 mental and behavioral
health services at Health through Housing (HtH) facilities and
targeted Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) sites across King
County. The primary goal of the program is to provide in the moment
crisis behavioral health services and time-limited behavioral
health case management via mobile intensive response teams for the
purpose of assisting individuals in becoming aware of behavioral
health and other community service options. The MRT is a mobile
interdisciplinary team consisting of certified peer counselors,
behavioral health case managers, substance use disorder
professionals, mental health professionals and Narcan waivered
Peer Specialists will work with an integrated team responding to
crises, meet with residents to assist in their recovery and
success, lead recovery groups, and participate incase consultation
and treatment planning.
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- In response to and cooperation with PSH and HTH staff, perform
timely outreach services to individuals needing crisis intervention
services, assessment, referral, and linkage to needed
- As a member of a multi-disciplinary team, provide multi-axial
assessments, chemical dependency assessments, crisis intervention,
stabilization and meaningful engagement for adults
- Establish and implement a plan to successfully engage clients
in relevant services and other resources.
- As needed, provide follow-up services aimed at establishing
linkage to services for program participants.
- Facilitate recovery groups at housing sites
- Complete all data collection and documentation required of the
MRT Project and DESC in a timely manner.
- Develop and maintain cooperative relationships with traditional
& non-traditional programs/services providing services for the
- Provide peer recovery support.
- Assist residents with voicing their interests and goals through
a variety of channels including: Goal Plans, Crisis Plans, WRAP,
and other methods of expressing individual preferences for their
- Help participants identify, understand, and combat stigma and
discrimination associated with mental health concerns and substance
use disorders and develop strategies to reduce
- Integrate personal experience with mental health concerns and
substance use disorders into work with program
- Work collaboratively with Peer Specialists across all DESC
programs to grow, learn, develop with and from one another through
sharing personal experiences and professional development.
- Comply with applicable program research and evaluation
- Comply with the all-agency policies and procedures, and
relevant titles of the Washington Administrative Code and Revised
Code of Washington.
- Advocate for clients' access to both traditional and
non-traditional community resources and services, ensuring that
clients' needs are met, and rights maintained; consult and
collaborate with community providers & resources to ensure
continuity of care.
- Participate in psychiatric consultation, supervision, program
meetings and in-service trainings; participate in clinical reviews
and case conferences for clients on caseload.
- Participate in verbal de-escalation in emergent situations and
be able and willing to assist other staff as needed to maintain a
safe, secure environment.
- Promote integration through DESC and the community at
- Provide individualized, recovery focused plans/ services that
will help with management of recovery better.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Certification as a Certified Peer Specialist by the Washington
State Peer Counselor Training Program, or the ability to obtain
certification within the first 90 days of starting in the position,
- Current Washington State driver's license and insurable driving
- At least 1 year of experience working with adults challenged by
severe mental illness and/or substance use disorders. Please see
education and experience requirements for more details.
- Ability to obtain a Washington State Department of Health
minimum credential as an Agency Affiliated Counselor.
- Have a strong personal understanding from own experience in
recovery and resilience, the value of client partnerships and
client choice, and the balance between protection from harm and
- Be willing to seek to understand each client's unique
circumstances and personal preferences and goals and incorporate
them into the crisis response to help the client regain a sense of
- Possess the cultural humility to learn to work effectively with
individuals who are Black, Latinx, Native American, Alaska Native,
Pacific Islander, LGBTQIA, and other groups who routinely face
discrimination and have difficulty accessing the health care they
- Interest or experience in working with clients who are
difficult to engage and maintain in traditional mental health /
substance use disorder programs.
- Strong knowledge of relevant community resources and methods
for accessing them.
- Experience working with adults who are experiencing or who have
experienced homelessness, have a mental health and/or co-occurring
substance use disorders.
- Knowledge of de-escalation skills, crisis intervention &
stabilization, and harm reduction strategies, preferred.
- Experience in outreach or crisis work.
- Bi-cultural background/experience.
- Bi-lingual in Spanish/English.
Strong applicants are able to demonstrate the ability to be
positive in their empathetic responses to all persons; understand
the value of meaningful and deep client engagement; have the
potential to acquire the necessary knowledge, attitudes and skills
of an effective crisis worker; and value a non-judgmental response
to sensitive issues. Candidates should be able to accept feedback
and work in a highly collaborative and potentially stressful
The physical demands described here are representative of those
that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the
essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be
made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the
essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the
employee will be required to sit, drive, walk, stand, communicate
with other employees and vendors, is required to lift and carry
items weighing up to 10 pounds and to operate computer hardware
systems. Specific vision abilities required by the job include
close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision,
depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. Considerable
stress may occur. Employee will be working both indoors and
outdoors in all types of weather.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
DESC is committed to diversity in the workplace, and promotes equal
employment opportunities for all staff members and applicants. The
Agency will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for
employment on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, gender, sexual
orientation, age, national origin, marital status, or the presence
of any sensory, mental or physical disability in any employment
practice, unless based on a bona fide occupational qualification.
Minorities and veterans are encouraged to apply.
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