MISSION STATEMENT: To advance the health and well-being of healthcare consumers in all walks of life with thoughtfully integrated services that combine the best of prevention, disease control, consumer education, research, and evidence-based clinical services across the historically separate disciplines of behavioral and physical healthcare.

OUR VISION:  A community of people who embrace each day of their lives in dignity and health.

The Peer Specialist facilitates the development of recovery skills. The purpose of a Peer Specialist is:

  • Provide opportunities for individuals receiving services to direct their own recovery process.
  • Teach and support acquisition and utilization of skills needed to facilitate individual recovery.
  • Promote the knowledge of available service options and choices.
  • Promote the utilization of natural resources/supports with in the community.
  • Facilitate the development of a sense of wellness and self-worth.
  • Be supportive of recovery person when in a crisis as part of the treatment team.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Acts as role model to person in recovery to inspire hope, share life experiences and lessons learned as a person in recovery.
  • Model/mentor recovery process and demonstrate coping skills.
  • Engage individuals who may be at-risk and provide stage-appropriate recovery education and supports, e.g., usage of the leveling system and evidence-based practices.
  • Assist in the orientation process for persons who are new to receiving SA/MH or co-occurring condition services.
  • Demonstrates cultural sensitivity and competence and be trauma informed as relevant to the needs of individuals in recovery.
  • Motivates, encourages, and celebrate achievements.
  • Assists and helps develop to expand available recovery support resources.
  • Act as an advocate for the protection of client rights.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

NON-ESSENTIALS FUNCTIONS:  None noted at this time.


QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE: Be a self-identified former consumer of SA/MH or co-occurring services who can relate to others who are now using those services. Have personal experience and knowledge of recovery. High School Diploma or GED (desirable but not required). Have demonstrated proficiency in reading and writing. Have maintained at least 12 months of successful full or part-time paid or voluntary work experience (not necessarily consecutive). Be able to establish trusting relationships with their peers. Be able to work independently and as a member of a team. Be able to work evenings and possible some weekends. Have a good knowledge of community recover-oriented resources. Be able to use computer to record services.

LANGUAGE SKILLS:  Ability to read, write and speak in English and Spanish (or other languages) helpful.  Must be able to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memorandums.  Agility to effectively communicate information both orally and written on one-to-one and small group situations to clients and other employees.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS:  Ability to add, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.  Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent.

REASONING ABILITY:  Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram or schedule form.

ORGANIZATIONAL SKILLS: Must be organized and able to schedule workload appropriately without hindrance to client appointments etc.

DECISION MAKING: Must be able to work independently with competent decision making using established criteria and guidelines.

OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES:  Computer Skills: To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of accounting software; Database software; Internet software and Word Processing software.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and talk or hear.  The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, and reach with hands and arms.  The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and ability to adjust focus.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:  The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

SAFETY:  Follows the general guidelines of the Agency to promote and maintain a safe working environment.

Please submit resumes to:

Human Resources