The incumbent works with veterans to develop and implement a personal recovery plan. Components often include support groups and individual therapy, basic health care maintenance, stable housing, improvements to family life and personal relationships as well as community connections. Teaches and role models the value of every individual's recovery experience Assists the veteran in exploring options for affordable housing Assists the veteran in obtaining services that suit the individual's recovery needs· Informs veterans about community and mutual supports and how to use them in the recovery process Assists veterans in developing empowerment skills and combating stigma through self-advocacy; this will be accomplished through regular meetings, individual or group sessions using role playing/modeling techniques Liaison with community based organizations to develop and/or foster veterans' community integration and development of natural supports and self-reliance strategies Provides support of veterans' vocational choices and assists them in choosing a job that matches their strengths; assists in the job application and interview process Assists veteran in building social skills to increase integration into communities of their choice, to aid in establishing and maintaining supportive personal relationships, and to increase the likelihood of obtaining and maintaining satisfying employment Promotion Potential: The selectee may be promoted to the full performance level without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met. Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level. Entry Level: GS-6 Intermediate Level: GS-7 Intermediate Level: GS-8 Full Performance Level: GS-9 Work Schedule: Monday- Friday 7:45am to 4:30pm Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Description/PD#: Peer Support Specialist/PD00068A Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.