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Peer Support Coordinator

DPPC is Hiring!
The Disabled Persons Protection Commission (DPPC) is an independent state agency responsible for the investigation and remediation of instances of abuse committed against persons with disabilities in the Commonwealth. The DPPC's mission is: To protect adults with disabilities from the abusive acts or omissions of their caregivers through investigation oversight, public awareness and prevention. To further its mission, DPPC is launching a Sexual Assault Response Unit (SARU) to help ensure that sexual assault survivors with disabilities can fully access multi-disciplinary trauma services throughout the Commonwealth. These will be contracted positions with hourly wages commensurate with experience, located primarily in Braintree, MA.

Description of Duties: Oversee development and operations of a peer support team to provide outreach and peer support to sexual abuse/assault survivors with disabilities, including survivors with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This includes overseeing the recruitment, hiring, and training of Peer Support Persons, drafting program protocols and outreach materials, and collection of data. Peer support is a well-researched, effective means of addressing behavioral and medical health recovery. Research has shown that peer support staff are trusted by survivors in a way that professionals are not, and they have a close understanding of communities of persons with disabilities. This trusting relationship enables peer support staff to serve as a liaison/link/intermediary between persons with disabilities and sexual abuse/assault trauma services. Peer Support Persons will facilitate access to trauma services and improve the quality and cultural competence of the service delivery of DPPC's Sexual Abuse Response Unit. Peer Support Persons will also build individual and community capacity by increasing sexual abuse/assault trauma knowledge and self-sufficiency through a range of activities such as outreach, raising community awareness, informal counseling, social support and advocacy. In addition, the Peer Support Coordinator will:
• Draft protocols and outreach materials for Peer Support Persons to align with best practices nationwide for self-advocacy organizations, and based on a community health worker framework;
• Provide direct supervision, guidance and training to Peer Support Persons;
• Coordinate the provision of direct one-to-one peer support to sexual abuse/assault survivors with disabilities;
• Coordinate peer outreach, technical assistance, and case consultation to rape crisis centers, self-advocacy and disability organizations, and other related organizations, including long-term mental health practitioners and therapist referral services;
• Have access to a vehicle and a MA Driver's License for statewide travel; and
• Other duties as assigned.

Preferred Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in disability studies, social work, counseling, psychology or related field, at least three years of work experience in a relevant field, and at least two years of experience working directly with persons with disabilities and/or peer support workers with disabilities. In addition,
• Working knowledge of state resources available to violent crime victims;
• Sexual abuse/assault work experience with vulnerable populations;
• Experience working with persons with disabilities, including persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities;
• Ability to supervise and mentor persons with disabilities; and
• Ability to conduct outreach to self-advocacy organizations within MA.

Salary: $35.00 hr

Contact Name: Audrey Drinan
Contact Email:
Contact Phone Number (671) 727-6465
Other information
Agency: Disabled Persons Protection Commission (DPPC)
Primary Location: DPPC, 300 Granite Street, Braintree, MA
Job: Contracted Employee
Schedule: Part-Time, 22.5 hours per week
Number of Openings: 1