California MENTOR, a partner of The MENTOR Network provides services for adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities and other complex challenges, including autism spectrum disorders.
TAY Peer Partner
Everybody needs a job but only extraordinary people work here! The TAY Peer Partner provides guidance to transitional aged youth (TAY) being served through the system. Utilizes personal prior experience of having themselves served in the system to relate to TAY youth and help foster a relationship of trust and support between them and the treatment team. Provides advocacy and liaison services between the clinician, treatment staff, community agencies, services, families and child(ren) to ensure families are properly supported through the process of having children involved with the system of care, probation or mental health systems, and utilizing any of the Network's services.
California MENTOR recognizes the value of the TAY Peer Partners' lived experience and their unique skill set in helping to recognize and acknowledge the youth's lived experience. Peer Partners consider the family/youth story to support the clinician to identify strengths and unmet needs. In addition, Peer Partners are skilled at effectively sharing their stories in order to build connection, confidence and hope.
- Provides guidance to TAY youth being served through the system. Utilizes personal prior experience of being a youth in the system to relate to TAY youth and help foster a relationship of trust and support between youth and the treatment team
- Provides advocacy and liaison services between the clinician, treatment staff, community agencies, services, families and child(ren) to ensure families are properly supported through the process of having children involved with the system of care, probation or mental health systems, and utilizing any of the Network's services
- Facilitates an alliance between the families and the Network
- Participates as a full and active member of the child and family team
- Document work as it pertains to record keeping and state-specific requirements
- Assists the youth in bringing up and discussing difficult issues at child and family team meetings
- Facilitates linking youth with appropriate community services; follows-up, consults and collaborates with community agencies to ensure clients receive appropriate services
- Leads/co-leads youth groups (support or educational) for current and discharged families.
- Participates in trainings for treatment staff and families
- Attends and participates in treatment planning meetings, court review hearings, team decision-making, IEP and other meetings to provide support and information to the teams and the families
- Reaches out to youth in order to best meet the needs of clients including visiting families' homes and initiating contacts with families as soon as a client is placed; provides information and follows up on questions to allay families' concerns and provide support; provides support and encouraging feedback to families reconnecting to their community; links youth and caretakers to community services as appropriate and helps them make and keep appointments with those services
- Contributes to individual and group counseling providing education, consultation and other needed services
- Performs additional duties and activities as required
- High school diploma or equivalent required
- Prior personal experience as a youth who has received mental health services required
- Experience in a mental health setting strongly preferred
- Reliable transportation
- Auto insurance that complies with the state policy concerning minimum car insurance coverage
- Valid driver's license in good standing
- Successful clearance of local and/or state background checks
Why Join Us?
- Full, Part-time, and As Needed schedules available
- Full compensation/benefits package for employees working 30+ hours/week
- 401(k) with company match
- Paid time off and holiday pay
- Rewarding work, impacting the lives of those you serve, working alongside a great team of coworkers
- Enjoy job security with nationwide career development and advancement opportunities
We have meaningful work for you – come join our team – Apply Today!
The MENTOR Network is a national network of local health and human services providers offering an array of quality, community-based services. At The MENTOR Network, our core values—Integrity, Respect, Inclusion & Growth—and the behaviors that define them, guide how we interact with each other and how we approach our work. As an organization of people serving people in nearly 40 states, you'll have opportunities from coast to coast.
Equal Opportunity Employer, including disability/vets
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