Ohio START Peer Mentor
Company: The LCADA Way
Posted on: September 13, 2023
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The LCADA Way is expanding! We are currently recruiting for an Ohio
START Family Peer Mentor to work with customers in our Lorain
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
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
The Ohio START Family Peer Mentor's roles and responsibilities
- 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
- Connecting START families to community resources;
- Teaching families skills to effectively navigate to the child
- Assisting families with identifying and accessing natural
support systems in the community;
- Promoting coordination and linkage among providers within local
- Coordinating or providing assistance in crisis interventions
and stabilization of families;
- Assisting families to develop of empowerment skills through
- Identify barriers (internal and external) to full participation
in community resources and developing strategies to overcome those
- Providing input on court forms as needed; and
- Providing input on development of the case plan and child
- Other duties as assigned.
The START Family Peer Mentor must:
- Demonstrate long term recovery (recommended 3 years) from a
- 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
- Family dynamics
- Family Team Meetings
- Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
- 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:
- Communication (listening, verbal, nonverbal, written)
- Crisis intervention
- Cultural competency
- Motivational interviewing
- Problem solving
- Setting personal/professional boundaries
- Time management
The ideal candidate will possess the following traits:
- Common sense
- Professional courage
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.)
High School Diploma or GED required.
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
Salary Range: Salary commensurate with licensure and
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
- 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
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
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