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Job Title: PEER SUPPORT APPRENTICE
Company Name: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Worcester, MA
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 09/27/2017
Expire Date: 11/26/2017
Job Categories: Administrative and Support Services, Government and Policy, Healthcare, Other, Healthcare, Practitioner and Technician, Installation, Maintenance, and Repair, Real Estate, Transportation, Counseling, Executive Management, Research & Development, Medical, Nonprofit and Volunteer Services
Job Description
PEER SUPPORT APPRENTICE

The incumbent is an active member of the Housing and Urban Development - Veterans Affairs Supported Housing (HUD-VASH) Program and provides peer informed basic services (particularly transportation options) to Veterans pursuing HUD/VASH housing or housed through HUD/VASH. Under supervision of the HUD-VASH Program Manager but guided daily by local designee, the PST will function as a role model to peers; exhibit competency in personal recovery and use of coping skills; serve as a consumer advocate and provide support assistance for HUD/VASH Veteran clients in outpatient and inpatient settings. The PST performs a wide range of tasks to assist Veterans of all ages, from young adult to old age, in regaining independence within the community and mastery over their own recovery process. Recovery resources such as booklets, tapes, pamphlets and other written materials may be utilized by the PST in the provision of services. Using an informal goal setting process, the PST will:

A. Assist Veterans in articulating personal goals for housing attainment and retention through one-to-one and group settings. During these encounters the PST will support Veterans in identifying and creating goals and developing plans with the skills, strengths, supports and resources to aid them in achieving those goals

B. Assist Veterans in determining the steps he/she needs to take in order to achieve these goals and self-directed stability.

C. Serve as a model that provides hope, encouragement, and achievable outcomes that are possible for the Veteran to obtain. Provides on-going support to continue commitment to stability process.

D. Assist Veterans in initiating and sustaining self-help (mutual support) group attendance as well as in locating and joining existing groups.

E. Utilize and teach problem solving techniques with individuals and groups. Through role play and ongoing discussions, Veterans will share common problems in daily living and methods they have employed to manage and cope with these problems. The PST will share his/her own experiences and including skills, strengths, supports and resources used. As one who has availed themselves of mental health services, the PST will share their own experiences and what skills, strengths, supports and resources they use. As much as possible, the PST will share their own story and as a co-facilitator of these sessions, demonstrating community stability maintenance.

Work Schedule:Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm
Position Description Title/PD#:Peer Support Apprentice PD# 631-00364-A

Promotion Potential: The selectee may be promoted to the full performance level without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met. Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level.



To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement Monday, October 09, 2017

Basic Requirements:

- US Citizenship

-BASIC REQUIREMENTS FOR PEER SUPPORT APPRENTICES, GS-102-5:

As a Peer Support Apprentice hired to become a certified Peer Specialist, a Veteran must have spent a minimum of 1 year in recovery from a mental health condition. In all cases, Peer Support Apprentices must actively pursue becoming certified as required to serve as a Peer Specialist by 38 U.S.C. 7402(b)(13)(B). At the time of appointment, the supervisor will provide the Peer Support Apprentice with the written requirements for becoming certified, the date by which he or she must become certified, and the consequences for not becoming certified by the deadline. Failure to become certified by the prescribed date will result in removal from this GS-102 occupation and may result in termination of employment.

- BASIC REQUIREMENTS FOR PEER SPECIALISTS, GS-102-6/9:

a. Statutory Requirements. Section 405 of Public Law 110-387, as codified in 38 U.S.C. 7402(b)(13), established that to be eligible to receive appointment to a Peer Specialist position, a person must:

(1) be a veteran who has recovered or is recovering from a mental health condition; and

(2) be certified by -

(a) a not-for-profit entity engaged in peer specialist training as having met such criteria as the Secretary shall establish for a peer specialist position; or

(b) a State as having satisfied relevant State requirements for a peer specialist position.

b. Length of Experience as a Consumer of Mental Health Recovery Services. Veterans eligible under 38 U.S.C. 7402(b)(13) must have spent a minimum of 1 year in personal recovery from a mental health condition.

- SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE FOR PEER SPECIALISTS, GS-102-6/9:

In addition to the basic requirements, candidates must have at least 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level. Specialized experience is progressively responsible, post-personal mental health recovery experience as a mentor providing counseling to support peers in mental health and/or addiction recovery, a recovery advocate directly involved with consumers of mental health services, a psychiatric therapy aide, or equivalent work involving in-person communication to support others in mental health recovery.

A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Physical and Medical Requirements.

The work is primarily in the community modeling public transportation use,facilitating informal peer ride sharing opportunities or providing direct transportationvia VA vehicle. Typically, the employee will sit to do the work; however, there willbe significant walking; standing; bending; carrying of light items such as books,papers, etc in addition to driving a government car or van.

Time-in-grade: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements.

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
*Resume

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:


*Cover Letter
*DD-214
*OF-306
*Other
*Other Veterans Document
*SF-15
*SF-50
*Transcript



Please use this checklist to ensure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.


Veterans' Preference:
When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), or 10pt (CP/CPS, XPP, XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP), on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section(s) provided. A legible copy of your DD214(s) indicating character of service, disability certification, SF-15 (if claiming 10 pt. preference) or if you are currently serving on active duty and expected to be released or discharged within 120 days; documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. Documentation is required for eligibility verification.

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents: You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site: Fax Options. The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is 2005198.

NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203-FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

Qualifications & Requirements

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement Monday, October 09, 2017

Basic Requirements:

- US Citizenship

-BASIC REQUIREMENTS FOR PEER SUPPORT APPRENTICES, GS-102-5:

As a Peer Support Apprentice hired to become a certified Peer Specialist, a Veteran must have spent a minimum of 1 year in recovery from a mental health condition. In all cases, Peer Support Apprentices must actively pursue becoming certified as required to serve as a Peer Specialist by 38 U.S.C. 7402(b)(13)(B). At the time of appointment, the supervisor will provide the Peer Support Apprentice with the written requirements for becoming certified, the date by which he or she must become certified, and the consequences for not becoming certified by the deadline. Failure to become certified by the prescribed date will result in removal from this GS-102 occupation and may result in termination of employment.

- BASIC REQUIREMENTS FOR PEER SPECIALISTS, GS-102-6/9:

a. Statutory Requirements. Section 405 of Public Law 110-387, as codified in 38 U.S.C. 7402(b)(13), established that to be eligible to receive appointment to a Peer Specialist position, a person must:

(1) be a veteran who has recovered or is recovering from a mental health condition; and

(2) be certified by -

(a) a not-for-profit entity engaged in peer specialist training as having met such criteria as the Secretary shall establish for a peer specialist position; or

(b) a State as having satisfied relevant State requirements for a peer specialist position.

b. Length of Experience as a Consumer of Mental Health Recovery Services. Veterans eligible under 38 U.S.C. 7402(b)(13) must have spent a minimum of 1 year in personal recovery from a mental health condition.

- SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE FOR PEER SPECIALISTS, GS-102-6/9:

In addition to the basic requirements, candidates must have at least 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level. Specialized experience is progressively responsible, post-personal mental health recovery experience as a mentor providing counseling to support peers in mental health and/or addiction recovery, a recovery advocate directly involved with consumers of mental health services, a psychiatric therapy aide, or equivalent work involving in-person communication to support others in mental health recovery.

A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

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