First Episode Psychosis Peer Specialist in Rocky Hill, CT at Beacon Health Options

Date Posted: 10/5/2018

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We are currently seeking a dynamic First Episode Psychosis Peer Specialist to join our team at our office in Rocky Hill, CT!  The First Episode Psychosis Peer Specialist shall provide consumer and provider support by assisting Medicaid members experiencing early onset psychosis in connecting to treatment, and helping community agencies develop and/or enhance their understanding of person centered care and the support network that is available to  members. The FEP Peer Specialist functions as a part of an interdisciplinary team designed to meet the needs of Medicaid members. The FEP Peer Specialist provides face to face support to members with complex behavioral health and/or substance use needs who access services.  Face to face meetings are conducted in hospital settings and/or in the community (including clinical and non-clinical settings). On average, 60% of the Peer Specialist work is done in the community interacting directly with members and providers. The goal of the FEP Peer Specialist is to support members in connecting to treatment as soon as possible following the onset of psychosis.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Serve as a CT BHP “Ambassador” across Connecticut, demonstrating by example the mission of the organization and it’s commitment to person centered care, recovery and wellness.

  • Conduct and/or assist in the coordination of training for Beacon Health Options staff as well as community agencies, providers, consumers, families and others across the state.

  • Partner with community agencies to assist members who may need help navigating the recovery system, explaining member rights and responsibilities, addressing feelings of shame, guilt and stress and learning self-advocacy skills, recognizing hope and wellness are possible.

  • Work closely with provider relations and clinical staff to identify area resources, both traditional and non traditional, that are available to members.

  • Collaborate with our state partners, as necessary, to support development and training surrounding local resources and the development of peer run services.

  • Identify self-help groups and/or networks of adult consumers and families.  Assist in development of new groups if the need is identified.

  •  Work collaboratively with the Provider Relations department, supporting the success of  any sub contracts. Outreach to and work with consumer advocacy groups across the state to educate individual’s regarding Beacon Health Options and the services provided as well as to promote recovery and resiliency efforts.

Position Requirements:

Education: High School diploma or High School equivalency diploma required, Associates degree preferred.

Relevant Work Experience: 2-3 years experience serving as an advocate to families or individuals within the behavioral health service delivery system. Knowledge of community outreach and education preferred. Bilingual preferred.  Recovery Support Specialist a plus.


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Beacon Health Strategies, LLC., a Beacon Health Options company, is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer as well as a Drug Free Work Environment. EOE/M/F/Veterans/Disabled



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