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Family Peer Mentor (Seneca County)

The Ohio START Family Peer Mentor will have a caseload of no more than 10-12 families. The Ohio START...

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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 caseworker 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.

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

TO APPLY:  Contact Christopher Ruff @ [email protected] or call 216-860-3968 or call his office at 419-621-9377 


Job Requirements

Family Peer Mentor:  No experience needed, free training, and starting pay $13 – $15 per hour (based on experience)

The START Family Peer Mentor must:

  • Demonstrate long term recovery (recommended 3 years but not required) from a Substance Use Disorder;
  • Have earned a minimum education level of GED;
  • 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 Children Protective Services experience, be able to describe how your substance use affected your children and family; and
  • Maintain a current driver’s license.

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