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Ohio START Peer Mentor

Company: The LCADA Way
Location: Lorain
Posted on: September 13, 2023

Job Description:

The LCADA Way is a recipient of the NorthCoast 99 Top Workplaces Award! Join our team of dedicated professionals providing Leadership, Compassion, Awareness, Dedication & Advocacy to the communities we serve.

The LCADA Way is expanding! We are currently recruiting for an Ohio START Family Peer Mentor to work with customers in our Lorain County locations.

Some clinical services are currently being provided via telehealth. In the event that in-person services are required, The LCADA Way is following all recommended health and safety guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic. The health and safety of our staff and our customers is our top priority.


An Ohio START Family Peer Mentor provides peer support to help families navigate through the child welfare and other systems while also providing hope and motivation to promote healing to keep children safe and families together. An Ohio START Family Peer Mentor serves families referred to the PCSA due to child maltreatment with substance abuse being the primary risk factor.

Essential Functions:

The Ohio START Family Peer Mentor serves as a member of the local START team along with the child welfare caseworker, child welfare supervisor, and behavioral health service provider. The goal of the entire team is to keep children safe and families together. The Ohio START Family Peer Mentor will have a caseload of no more than 10-12 families.

The Ohio START Family Peer Mentor's roles and responsibilities include:

  • Participating as an active member of the Ohio START team;
  • Working jointly with the Ohio START case worker and behavioral health provider to ensure seamless and efficient delivery of intensive wrap-around services to the START families on his or her caseload to assist with the safety of the child(ren);
  • Participating in initial meetings, weekly status meetings and Family Team Meetings to review families' progress and child safety in their respective cases.
  • Providing continual exploration of family's needs to empower the family to take ownership over their long-term successes and the safety of the child(ren);
  • Supporting the parent(s) in achieving personal independence;
  • Connecting START families to community resources;
  • Teaching families skills to effectively navigate to the child welfare system;
  • Assisting families with identifying and accessing natural support systems in the community;
  • Promoting coordination and linkage among providers within local community;
  • Coordinating or providing assistance in crisis interventions and stabilization of families;
  • Assisting families to develop of empowerment skills through promoting self-advocacy;
  • Identify barriers (internal and external) to full participation in community resources and developing strategies to overcome those barriers;
  • Providing input on court forms as needed; and
  • Providing input on development of the case plan and child safety.
  • Other duties as assigned.
    General Requirements:

    The START Family Peer Mentor must:
    • Demonstrate long term recovery (recommended 3 years) from a SUD;
    • Demonstrate no ongoing criminal activity;
    • Have lived experience with the child welfare system either as a parent or child, with the case closed at least one year or if do not have direct CPS experience, be able to describe how your substance use affected your children and family; and
    • Maintain a current driver's license.
      The START Family Peer Mentor should have knowledge or be able to attain knowledge of:
      • Alcohol and drugs (pharmacology)
      • Behaviors associated with addiction
      • Court processes
      • Diversity
      • Ethics
      • Family dynamics
      • Family Team Meetings
      • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
      • Human behavior
      • Local resources and services
      • Maintain confidentiality
      • Medically Assisted Treatment (MAT)
      • Pathology of addiction
      • Process of recovery
      • Ohio START Program
      • Self-help programs
      • Signs of child abuse and neglect
      • Trauma Informed Care
      • Treatment options
        The START Family Peer Mentor should have skills in:
        • Advocacy
        • Coaching
        • Communication (listening, verbal, nonverbal, written)
        • Computers
        • Coping
        • Crisis intervention
        • Cultural competency
        • De-escalation
        • Driving
        • Motivational interviewing
        • Multi-tasking
        • Negotiation
        • Networking
        • Observation
        • Organization
        • Parenting
        • Problem solving
        • Professionalism
        • Setting personal/professional boundaries
        • Time management
          The ideal candidate will possess the following traits:
          • Common sense
          • Compassion
          • Creativity
          • Empathy
          • Honesty
          • Integrity
          • Non-judgmental
          • Open-mind
          • Patience
          • Personable
          • Positivity
          • Professional courage
          • Reliability
          • Self-motivation
          • Sympathy
          • Tolerance
            Must adhere to the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board's Chemical Dependency Code of Ethics and demonstrate an understanding of addiction as an illness. Must possess excellent written and verbal communication skills. Good computer skills required. Must have the ability to effectively work with agency employees, outside contacts, and a diverse client population. Must possess valid Driver's License and have a good driving record (insurable through agency's automobile insurance carrier.)

            Educational Requirements:

            High School Diploma or GED required.

            Certification Requirements:

            Must be eligible to obtain CDCA certification.

            Amount of Travel: Moderate, mostly confined to local travel.

            Hours: Full-time, 40 hours per week. Occasional evenings may be required.

            Salary Range: Salary commensurate with licensure and experience.

            Equal Opportunity Employer. Drug Free Workplace.

            Benefits Package for Full-Time Employees Includes:
            • Medical Insurance with Prescription Benefits
            • Dental Insurance
            • Vision Insurance
            • Company sponsored Wellness Programs
            • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) with Debit Cards
            • 403(b) Retirement Plan
            • $40,000 Term Life Insurance
            • Long-Term Disability Insurance
            • Supplemental Life Insurance available
            • Continuing Education Reimbursement
            • Tuition Reimbursement Program
            • Employee Assistance Program
            • Jury Duty Reimbursement
            • Paid Vacation Leave (15 days per year to start, accrued bi-weekly)
            • Paid Sick Leave (12 days per year, accrued bi-weekly)
            • Paid Personal Leave (3 days per year)
            • Paid Holidays (9 days per year)
            • Paid Emergency/Bereavement Leave (3 days per year)
            • Professional Development Program, including free online trainings/CEUs (and up to 5 days per year paid for clinical staff)
              ABOUT THE LCADA WAY


              As a leader in recovery solutions since 1981, The LCADA Way is a private, non-profit organization delivering innovative, outcome-driven programs with an individualized approach to addiction and mental health treatment, education, prevention and recovery support services for residents in Lorain and Medina counties and surrounding areas. Our unique approach centered around Leadership, Compassion, Awareness, Dedication & Advocacy is tailored to be gender and culturally appropriate based on individual client needs.

              We are committed to:

              Empathy & Respect.
              We approach each individual in our program with compassion, care and understanding. This foundation of empathy and respect is at the heart of everything we do.

              Innovation & Results.
              Success is vital to our mission and to the people we serve. Every day we bring new ideas, energy and knowledge to strengthen our program and organization so that we continually make a difference in the communities we serve.

              Family & Community.
              Central to The LCADA Way is the belief in family and community. Every individual touches and is touched by the people around us. These relationships strengthen and enhance our lives every day.

              Proven Results. Healthy Lives.
              It's simple. Our programs work. We guide our clients through a process of recovery and create more healthy lives for themselves and their families

              Support. Education. Recovery.
              Our comprehensive, results-oriented programming focuses on the individual and strengthens families and communities.

              Leading the way.
              We are leaders in our field. You can trust our results that tomorrow can hold the promise of a better future

Keywords: The LCADA Way, Lorain , Ohio START Peer Mentor, Other , Lorain, Ohio

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