Peer Support Specialist
Job Code: PSS - 103
Revision Date: November 9, 2022
Starting Salary: $12.58 hourly; $26,175 annually
We are an agency committed to innovative behavioral health services in trauma-informed care that promote healing and recovery to instill a sense of empowerment and foster a lifelong sense of resilience.
The role of this job is to provide direct care services, training, consultative and other professional activities of rehabilitation treatment program and functions of a professional member of the multidisciplinary team assisting physicians and other professional/non-professional personnel in a rehabilitation treatment program. Depending on the assignment, the incumbent performs a variety of supportive tasks.
Peer Support Specialist assist their peers in articulating their goals for recovery, learning and practicing new skills, helping them monitor their progress, assisting them in their treatment, modeling effective coping techniques and self-help strategies based on the specialist's own recovery experience, and supporting them in advocating for themselves to obtain effective services.
Duties and Responsibilities
The functions listed below are those that represent the majority of the time spent working in this position. Management may assign additional functions related to the type of work of the position as necessary.
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
Requires High School graduation or GED equivalent.
Peer Support Specialist positions require employee to be a self-identified current or former user of mental health or co-occurring services who can relate to others who are now using those services. Experience as a mentor providing services to support others in mental health and/or addiction recovery; a recovery advocate directly involved with consumers of mental health services; a psychiatric therapy aide, or equivalent work involving in-person communication to support others in mental health recovery, preferred.
Required Knowledge and Abilities
Knowledge of trauma-informed theories, principals, and practices (includes multi-faceted understanding of concepts such as community trauma, intergenerational and historical trauma, parallel processes, and universal precautions), preferred.
Performs sedentary work that involves walking or standing some of the time and involves exerting up to 10 pounds of force on a regular and recurring basis or sustained keyboard operations.
Unavoidable Hazards (Work Environment)
Special Certifications and Licenses
Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance (ADA)
Emergence Health Network is an Equal Opportunity Employer. ADA requires Emergence Health Network to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified persons with disabilities. Prospective and current employees are encouraged to discuss ADA accommodations with management.
Other Job Characteristics
Note: This Class Description does not constitute an employment agreement between the Emergence Health Network and an employee and is subject to change by the Emergence Health Network as its needs change.