Community Autism Peer Specialist, City of Philadelphia

Posted by Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services on January 14, 2020

The mission of DBHIDS is to improve the health status of Philadelphians in need of behavioral health and/or intellectual disability services. This is accomplished through an emphasis on recovery and resilience-focused behavioral health services, as well as an emphasis on self-determination for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Our goal is to help individuals realize their goals and attain the highest quality of life possible. We work with persons recovering from mental health and/or substance use, individuals with intellectual disabilities, families, and service providers to ensure that high-quality services are accessible, effective and appropriate. We are committed to developing a system of care that is data-driven, employs evidence-based practices, promotes cultural competence and eliminates health care disparities.

Job Description

This is behavioral health recovery support work in the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services, providing person-centered peer support services to individuals with an autism spectrum diagnosis (ASD) who may/ or may not have mental health or substance use challenges. The purpose of this role is to aid in recovery, community integration, community inclusion, and employment processes. Employees in this class are responsible for serving as an advocate, providing recovery and wellness information and assisting in the identification of program services to individuals with an ASD to aid in their wellness journey. Employees collaborate with other units to provide support for individuals living with ASD by lending their insight and providing peer support in a variety of settings. Guiding the development of a wellness plan, aiding in the identification of goals for their wellness, and assisting in the development and delivery of training sessions are significant aspects of the work. Work is performed under the close supervision of the community wellness engagement unit supervisors and manager.

These services are designed to promote the empowerment, personal wellness, and community integration of individuals with an autism spectrum diagnosis

The CAPS will use their lived experiences and skills learned from the CAPS training course to: support youth, young adults, and adults with autism and/or behavioral health challenges, promote self-knowledge and self-advocacy and increase community participation. CAPS will receive training to support peers generation of goals, identify corresponding activities, and help them navigate challenges to achieving their goals.

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