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Axis Health System is looking for a Peer Specialist – Full Time – Pagosa Springs Integrated Healthcare – Pagosa Springs, CO 

Job Description: Peer Specialist – Full Time – Pagosa Springs Integrated Healthcare – Pagosoa Springs, CO Axis aspires to be a great place to work with our commitment to diversity, commitment to pay equity and by providing a culture of change and intrapreneurship. At our clinics, we provide a wide range of resources for our patients. We have recovery groups, Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT), specialized mental health outpatient programs, primary care, diabetes education, crisis services, resource navigators, insurance enrollment specialists, tele-video systems to access our locations across the region and more. We work to make sure you have what you need at your fingertips to be successful in your position and support your patient in their road to recovery. Commitment to Diversity: We are committed to ending bias and discrimination in our community and ensuring equity within all aspects of our organization. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment, transfer, or promotion opportunities without regard to race, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. Commitment to Pay Equity: We are committed to fair and equitable hiring with salaries based on relevant factors, such as work experience, education, and certification/licensure (rather than wage history). Toward the principle of equal pay for equal work, we post and hire within defined hiring salary ranges. We ask all applicants to carefully review the hiring salary range for each posted job opportunity, as we will not hire outside the predetermined range. Position Summary: The role of the Peer Specialist is to provide emotional support and advocate effective recovery-based services for our clients. The ideal Peer Specialist will support clients, therapist and team members during evaluations and assist with client’s stabilization, providing support for clients in developing empowerment skills through self-advocacy, stigma busting and assisting clients in regaining control over their recovery process. They will assist with connecting clients to community resources and support the families of adults, children and youth in navigating these systems. Our ideal candidate for our Peer Specialist position will have a high school diploma, or equivalent, a bachelor’s degree is preferred. The candidate will also have lived experience and must be, or have been a client of mental health services, or is or has been a caretaker of minor child that has received mental health services. Knowledge of behavioral and health issues as well as strategies which contribute to wellness. Experience and/or interest in providing peer support to patients within our 5 county areas. Salary: Starting at $19.50 (Starting $17.50 + locale differential $1.00 = $19.50) – $20.60 per hour (non-exempt – hourly) and considers preferred experience and preferred education described above. This position includes a $2.50 locale differential at our Durango worksites. Benefits: Medical (HDHP or PPO) Long Term Disability 401k offering up to 6% match Short Term Disability Health Savings Account Dental Flexible Spending Account Vision Dependent Care Account Pet Insurance Life Insurance College Invest plans Annual Wellness Benefits Personal Days Loan Repayment Programs (9) Company Paid Holidays (3) weeks of All Paid Leave (APL) for first 2 years with full-time employment. On-going training & educational opportunities for professional development are also available. Physical demands: Employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 15 pounds. Employee is frequently required to walk, sit, stand, or kneel and occasionally required to climb or balance and stoop. Must have ability to sit for longer periods at a computer. Employee must be able to travel between AHS locations. Possible potential exposure to communicable disease. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. AHS may make reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Required Skills: Peer Support Specialist is a person who has progressed in their own recovery and is willing to self-identify as a peer and work to help others with chemical dependency or a mental disorder. Because of their life experience, such persons have expertise that professional training cannot replicate. Because of their life experience, such persons have expertise that professional training cannot replicate. Knowledge and ability to operate standard office equipment including scanner, computer, calculator, copy machine, fax and multi-line telephone. Working knowledge of Windows based computer applications including MS Word, MS Excel, MS Outlook and ability to access the internet. Ability to be helpful and sensitive to the needs of all employees, while concurrently respecting corporate policies, procedures and priorities. Culturally proficient, effective communicator, organized, mature, ethical, reliable, adaptable, creative, self-motivated, enthusiastic team member, and commitment to optimal wellness. Interpersonal and communication skills to develop and maintain effective working relationships with all internal and external customers. Ability to communicate job-related information to individuals and small groups. Ability to work independently with minimal supervision; plan own work schedule effectively and multi-task and prioritize in a fast-paced setting. Ability to multi-task, organize and prioritize workload in a sometimes-hectic environment with frequent interruptions. Ability to concentrate in sometimes hectic and stressful settings. Ability to relate in a supportive and non-judgmental manner with persons in distress. Ability to follow established universal precautions and report potential exposure to a communicable disease immediately. Ability to provide appropriate and responsible role model through actions and appearance. Ability to read and understand written materials. Must regard work as confidential. Must have current driver’s license, qualify for commercial vehicle insurance and maintain a driving record that allows insurability with AHS’ insurance agency. Travel required. Ability to take on additional duties when necessary. Additional eligibility requirements: Annual Flu immunization, Annual TB screening, CPI training within 90 days of hire, BLS PRO certification required within 90 days of hire. About our Axis Health System: We are the leading provider of behavioral health and integrated (primary, dental, and behavioral health) care on the Western Slope of Colorado. As a therapist in our clinic, you’ll have access to a wide range of resources for your patients. We have recovery groups, Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT), specialized mental health outpatient programs, primary care, diabetes education, crisis services, resource navigators, insurance enrollment specialists, tele-video systems to access our locations across the region and more. We work to make sure you have what you need at your fingertips to be successful in your position and support your patient in their road to recovery. Our concept of integrated, whole person, healthcare is population-based, patient-centered, outcome-driven and technology-enabled. Health and wellness are not program components; they are a central tenet of our approach. Our mission to make a meaningful difference through healthcare innovation and caring for the whole person. If you are a dedicated professional who aspires to be part of an innovative culture and is interested in mission-driven healthcare, Axis Health System is a great fit for you. Please visit our website at , to apply for this position and for more information about our organization. Also, when applying, please but sure to include in your cover letter or as a note to your application how you meet our requirement of having previous lived experience, or have been a client of mental health services, or is or has been a caretaker of minor child that has received mental health services. Has knowledge of behavioral and health issues as well as strategies which contribute to wellness. Experience and/or interest in providing peer support to patients within our 5 county areas. About Durango/Pagosa Springs: If you’re interested in Rocky Mountain wildlife, white water rafting, hiking in to discover nature’s most beautiful waterfalls, or a breathtaking car ride on the San Juan Skyway, then Durango and Pagosa Springs are the place for you! As with so many areas on the Western Slope, you have now entered an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. Just minutes from zip lining through the treetops, to soaking in the Piedra River Hot Springs, located in the national forest, after a day of hiking any one of the many trails, and when the season is right, you can be snowboarding or camping in the mountains that surround this beautiful area. Take a ride on the historic Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Train and enjoy the stunning views of the San Juan National Forest. You’re also a mere 35-minute car ride to Mesa Verde National Park. Just outside the doors of our clinics, you’ll find beautiful parks with walking paths and opens spaces to enjoy. Durango has an airport located minutes from our clinics which has service to Denver, Phoenix and Dallas-Fort Worth daily. Learn more about our area here:

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