The Olympia Police Department (OPD) and Catholic Community Services (CCS) are collaborating on Mental Health Field Response Team Program that will focus on a Familiar Faces program for Downtown Olympia. “Familiar Faces” are the 15 to 20 individuals in our community with the most complex health and behavioral problems and frequent and persistent contact with OPD Walking Patrol, OPD Crisis Response Team, Downtown Ambassadors, and other City staff. The Peer Navigators will be working closely with OPD and others to provide Peer Navigation services to individuals who are homeless are spend time in downtown Olympia. Some of the goals of the program are to improve the lives of the clients, help clients connect to concrete resources including housing, reduce the number of negative interactions that the clients have with law enforcement, emergency services, businesses, etc.
Peer Navigators share their lived experience with individuals to create mutually supportive relationships based on trust and respect in an effort to increase empowerment and hope, improve personal success, provide opportunity for integration into the community, build linkages to needed community resources and begin to establish natural community supports. Work occurs primarily outdoors in downtown Olympia or community settings with individuals with chronic mental health issues, chemical dependency issues and often medical conditions. They work as a team member with the CCS Program Manager (MHP), OPD, other agencies, system and community partners. Peer Navigators help consumers voice their own perspective and assure others are able to understand that perspective. They represent a consumer orientation and perspective in all internal and external agency activities. They help the individuals connect to concrete supports including housing, medical care, mental health care, etc. They provide transportation. They have office space at Drexel House.
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Universal job skills: All CCS employees will demonstrate the ability to:
Communicate and collaborate effectively with other team members to manage triangulation and potential conflicts.
Welcome, Engagement and Assessment: The skilled Peer Navigator will demonstrate the ability to:
Individualized Service Planning: Utilizing motivational interviewing strategies, the skilled Peer Navigator will demonstrate the ability to:
Implementing Services: The skilled Peer Navigator will demonstrate the ability to:
Transitioning Services to Natural and Other Community Supports: The skilled Peer Navigator will demonstrate the ability to:
Mediate agreement between the consumer and the agency about transition timing, when needed.
Ability to build professional relationships:
Ability to Partner:
Must have Recognition as a Peer Specialist by DBHR.