Northwest Integrated Health

24 Hour Referral Line 253-200-0300


Peer Support Specialist

Job description

Reports to Location
Clinical Manager Varies in Peirce County
FSLA Schedule
Non-Exempt/Hourly Varies on first shift
Will depend on experience

Brief Description:

A Peer Support Specialist (PSS) is a person who is willing to self-identify as a peer and has personally experienced a mental health condition, taken an active role in regaining mental health and wellness, and is willing to share those experiences to inspire, educate, and guide others with similar experiences and challenges. The PSS provides services in a variety of settings and performs a wide range of tasks to support consumers in living their own lives and directing their own recovery and wellness process. Service is provided for individuals or groups.

Job Description:

  • Establish healing relationships with peers and share personal stories of recovery in order to empower individuals and decrease stigmatization
  • Model wellness, personal responsibility, self-advocacy, recovery and hope
  • Assist clients in creating personal goals for recovery using their skills, strengths, supports and resources to aid them in achieving those goals.
  • Keep treatment team informed about individuals strengths, accomplishments and obstacles in relation to their recovery goals
  • Assist individual in developing formal and informal community supports and a social support network of relatives, friends and others
  • Support peers in crisis and explore options that may be beneficial to returning to emotional wellness
  • Utilize tools such as WRAP to assist clients in creating their own individual wellness and recovery plans.
  • Assists individuals in navigating the mental health and other service systems
  • Facilitate peer support and educational groups
  • Provide information, training, and advocacy for peers, families, providers, and staff to enhance understanding of recovery.
  • Maintain complete and timely documentation of clinical files and gather and maintain data information in accordance with agency policies and procedures.
  • Observe all rules of confidentiality relating to clinical information and treatment both internally and when dealing with external agencies and or individuals
  • Maintain required levels of productivity and performance standards and meet all required work deadlines
  • Attend and participate in meetings and supervision as designated by supervisor
  • Ensure that supervisor receives proper and timely information that is relevant to agency business
  • Responsible for operating within the agency mission, philosophy, policies and procedures
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must be a self-identified past or present consumer of mental health services and be willing to utilize ones recovery experience to engage and support individuals receiving services in the publically funded mental health system.
  • Demonstration of being well grounded in recovery for at least one year.
  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Washington State Peer Counselor Certification
  • Washington State Agency-affiliated Counselor Registration
  • Pass required Washington State background checks
  • Current Drivers License
  • Computer Proficiency in Microsoft Office Products
  • Advocacy experience
  • Strong working knowledge of community resources and state
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Must be able to effectively interact with co-workers and clients with diverse ethnic backgrounds, religious views cultural backgrounds, life-styles, and sexual orientations and treat each individual with respect and dignity