This member of the Adult Services Team has experience as a recipient of mental health service for severe and persistent mental illness and is willing to share his or her personal, practical experience, knowledge, and first-hand insight to benefit the team and its clients. The Peer Specialist functions to provide expertise about the recovery process, symptom management, and the persistence required to encourage clients to have a satisfying life. He or she collaborates to promote a team culture that recognizes, understands, and respects each client’s point of view, experiences and preferences. He or she is responsible to maximize client choice, self determination and decision making in the planning, delivery and evaluation of treatment, rehabilitation and support services. Provides peer counseling during client contact; carries out rehabilitation and support functions and assists in treatment, education and crisis intervention under the clinical supervision of staff with professional degrees.