ACT Peer Counselor



1.             Personal stability, flexibility, energy and commitment to working with the chronically mentally ill.

2.             Current CPR and First Aid certification; driver's license and safe driving record; reliable transportation.

3.             Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

4.             Personal firsthand experience with the mental health system as a client in recovery.

5.             BA degree or equivalent experience in teaching, social work, substance abuse counseling, or vocational training.

6.             Meet credentialing and privileging requirements as set out in Policy and Procedures.



1.         Take part in agency sponsored training programs by supervisor's request.

2.         Assume primary responsibility for a caseload, generate member assessments, develop individual rehabilitation plans and                            document progress towards goals; other related documentation requirements.

3.         Carrying out assignments to fulfill the ACT mission of providing sanctuary and support to members in the community including but                not limited to:

  • providing specialty expertise to the ACT team in navigating the mental health system as a client;

  • regular community visitation; face to face and telephone contacts in accordance with ACT Team's schedule;

  • housing assignments to teach independent living skills in the areas of shelter, food, clothing, medications, money, and ADLs; assisting members to find and maintain housing;

  • job placement and employment counseling;

  • transportation;

  • positive role modeling; teaching basic standards of cleanliness and safety;

  • training in accessing community resources;

  • member assessment and crisis interventions.

4.             Participate in agency employee meetings and ACT team meetings as requested.

5.             Take part in a rotation of on-call for the ACT caseload evenings as scheduled.

6.             Ensure that all programmatic and physical environment issues are in accord with agency policies and administrative regulations                  as appropriate.

7.             Assist in coordination of services received from other community agencies.

8.             Using the electronic medical records, input data and following through seeing services to their completion.

9.             Maintain total confidentiality and adhere to HIPPA law, CARF accreditation standards and Maryland State Regulations.

10..         Other duties as assigned by the ACT Team Leader


AUTHORITY:     Position reports to the ACT Team Leader who will develop individual and group work schedules in collaboration with team members.


CLASSIFICATION, SALARY AND BENEFITS: Regular, full time, exempt from overtime.                                                                                              

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