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Job Title:

Re-Entry Specialist

Job Description:

Location:  Huntington Park and Surrounding Los Angeles Community

Reports to:  Program Manager

FLSA Status:  Non-Exempt; hourly employee 

Hours:  Full Time, Monday through Friday with some evenings, holidays and weekends.  

Under general supervision of the Program Manager, the Reentry Peer Specialist works with members to provide information, peer-to-peer support and/or self-help services as needed or requested. This position is reserved for an individual in recovery from a mental health issue and personal experience with the justice system.  

PRPSN is peer led, person centered and value-based organization.  We utilize person centered approaches in all aspects of our care including harm reduction, strengths-based language, WRAP and other best practices.  We operate as a high threshold and low barrier agency where we expect our staff to operate from our values regardless of how a member may act.

RESPONSIBILITIES/DUTIES: Please note that the duties may vary depending on department size, organizational structure and/or geographic location. Reasonable accommodations may be made to allow individuals to perform the essential functions of the job. Additional duties may be assigned.  

Work activities may include any or all of the following: 

  • The Reentry Peer Specialist will have the passion, knowledge and experience to implement and help grow the reentry team through reentry efforts and peer support services for program members. 
  • Provides community based one to one support with members of the program, helping them get to and from important appointments using personal car and/or public transportation.
  • Visit reentry housing partners weekly to meet with staff, provide feedback about the progress being made with shared members, advocate on behalf of each member and facilitate peer support groups. 
  • Develop a base of peer volunteers to assist in facilitating support groups at partner agencies.
  • Administer post-release needs assessments to determine services and programmatic needs of reentering participants. Identify and refer participants to community resources including housing, wrap around services for mental health and substance use treatment, public benefits, healthcare, etc.
  • Review reentry plans to develop realistic goals and personal action plans to ensure successful reintegration and addressing the five (5) keys to reentry well-being: healthy thinking patterns, meaningful work trajectories, effective coping strategies, positive social engagement, and positive relationships. 
  • Assist program participants with obtaining and completing forms and documents necessary for transition (i.e. transcripts, birth certificates, state identification, social security cards) and navigate challenges that having a criminal background will present (i.e. employment, housing, transportation). 
  • Serve as a liaison between program participants, community organizations (i.e. transitional living facilities, parole officer) and family to ensure networks of support are communicating. Coordination will provide the best opportunity for success and lower the chance of recidivism. 
  • Represent the members and agency in community-based meetings, provide updates, presentations and relationship building.  Build partnerships, utilize existing partnerships and serve as a liaison to other organizations and employers working on reentry efforts. 
  • Communicate with program participants to do wellness check-ins and progress updates on reentry and personal action plans. 
  • Facilitate classes focused on skills and topics necessary for successful re-entry (i.e. computer & internet basics, social media use, mindfulness, setting up banking accounts, etc). 
  • Collect and maintain accurate records to monitor the progress of program participants which include case notes on well-being check-ins, reentry and personal action plans, milestone achievements, attendance records, class progress and employment verification. 
  • Participate in staff meetings to coordinate information on participants’ release/parole dates, needs, and updates to the progress and well-being of participants. 

Skills:

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: The following are the minimum qualifications, which an individual needs in order to successfully perform the duties and responsibilities of this position. Please note that the minimum qualifications may vary based upon the department size and/or geographic location. This position is reserved for an individual who has personal lived experience with the mental health system.  This position is reserved for a person who is recovery from a mental health issue.  

  • Peer Advocate Certificate/Training and demonstrated experience in peer support, peer advocacy or self-help.  Obtaining a certificate within 6 months will be required for any candidate that doesn’t currently have one.    
  • This position is reserved for an individual in recovery from a mental health issue and person experience with the justice system.  
  • Demonstrated basic computer/word processing skills, including Microsoft office, email and other web-based applications. 
  • Class C driver’s license, daily access to a car and proof of valid automobile insurance. 
  • All employees that drive personal vehicles for daily job functions must provide proof of auto liability insurance of a 30,000 / 60,000 policy upon the first day of employment, maintain required coverage amounts and provide ongoing documentation of continuous coverage.
  • Flexible work schedule to include evenings, nights, weekends and holidays. 
  • Must know or quickly acquire extensive knowledge of local community resources. 

Physical Demands: In general, the following physical demands 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 allow different individuals to perform the essential functions of the job.

  • Must be able to bend, stoop, lift, and push up to 25 pounds or a regular basis, stand and move intermittently throughout the work day.

Benefits:

Health Benefits
We offer a choice between two different HMO's, dental and vision care.

Paid Time Off
We offer a combination of 11 holidays, 2 weeks of sick time, 2 weeks of vacation time and 2 personal days off per full time employee

403 B Retirement
We offer a voluntary 403 B retirement plan for your future

Employee Assistance Program
We offer an EAP that is confidential and supportive for personal, family and work issues. EAP is available 24/7

Job ID

21

Position

Re-Entry Specialist

Job Type

Full-Time

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