BJC Healthcare Family Peer Support Specialist - BJC Behavioral Health - (P/T - 20 hours/week) in Saint Louis, Missouri

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BJC Behavioral Health is a community health center that provides and coordinates behavioral health services for more than 6,000 seriously mentally ill adults and seriously emotionally disturbed children in St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Franois, Iron and Washington counties. As an Administrative Agent of the Missouri Department of Mental Health (DMH) serves as a major point of entry for people eligible for mental health services funded by DMH and is responsible for serving as gatekeeper to the public mental health system. BJC Behavioral Health also administers the BJC Employee Assistance Program ad Behavioral Health Partners, an administrative services organization.

Increased treatment options and resources; reduce out of home placements; improve academic tenure and achievement; reduced involvement with the juvenile justice system.

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Role Purpose

The purpose of the position is to provide an array of formal and informal services and supports to families with children who are seriously and emotionally disturbed. Family Peer Support Specialists are uniquely qualified to work with families based on their personal experience parenting a child with similar needs and having successfully navigated multiple child serving systems on behalf of their child. The services provided should support the parent/family member and enhance his/her skills so the parent/family member can promote positive youth functioning and promote the childs ability to live successfully in their community.


  • Family SupportBased on strengths and needs of youth and family, assist them to connect with appropriate services and supports. Accompany family when visiting programsAssist family to gather, organize, and prepare documents needed for specific servicesAddress concrete or subjective barriers that may prevent families from fully participating in specific servicesServe as a bridge between families and service providers, supporting a productive and respectful partnership by assisting families to express their strengths, needs, and goalsSupport and assist families during stages of transition which may be unfamiliar (e.g., placements, hospitalizations, juvenile court appearances, etc.)

  • Advocacy and EmpowermentCoach and model shared decision-making and skills that support collaborationRegularly consult with families and providers to ensure that the familys perspectives are included in all planning and decision-makingAssist families to identify and set goals and short-term objectivesPrepare families for meetings and accompany them when needed

  • Skill DevelopmentHelp families learn and practice strategies to support their childrens positive behaviorsAssist families to implement strategies recommended by clinicians and to talk to clinicians about their comfort with the recommendationsProvide emotional support to families to reduce isolation, feelings of stigma, blame, and hopelessnessLink to workshops and courses on parenting that are matched to individual needsAssist families to access transportation

  • Community and Natural SupportAHelp families rediscover and reconnect to natural supports already present in their livesUtilize the families knowledge of their community in developing new supportive relationshipsHelp families identify and get involved in leisure and recreational activities in their communitiesIn partnership with community leaders, encourage families who express an interest to get more involved in faith or cultural organizations

Minimum Requirements


  • High School Diploma or GED


  • No Experience

Supervisor Experience

  • No Experience

Preferred Requirements


  • Associate's Degree


  • <2 years

Licenses & Certifications

  • Valid Driver's License

Benefits Statement

Note: not all benefits apply to all openings

  • Comprehensive medical, dental, life insurance, and disability plan options- Pension Plan/403(b) Plan- 401(k) plan with company match- Tuition Assistance- Health Care and Dependent Care Reimbursement Accounts-On-Site Fitness Center (depending on location)-Paid Time Off Program for vacation, holiday and sick time

Legal Statement

The above information on this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees in this position. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

Equal Opportunity Employer

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