This member of the Grays
Harbor 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.
Compensation: $16.60 - $22.91 per hour depending on experience and qualifications. BHR offers an exceptional benefits package with 100% paid medical and dental insurance for the employee, paid holidays and a generous paid time off policy. BHR is also an eligible employer for the Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness program.
RESPONSIBLE TO: Grays
Harbor Adult Services Supervisor
- BA degree in human services and/or two
years of experience working with clients who have mental health symptoms
and/or co-occurring mental health and substance use symptoms.
- Completed Peer Certification Training
with proof of completion is required.
- Current WA Agency Affiliated Counselor Registration.
- Must have good oral and written
- The Peer Specialist, who is or has been
a recipient of mental health services for severe and persistent mental
illness, should have self-knowledge to manage their mental illness and be
well along in their recovery.
- Must have a strong commitment to the
right and the ability of each person with a severe mental illness to live
in normal community residences; work in market jobs; and have access to
helpful, adequate, competent, and continuous supports and services.
- It is essential the Peer Specialist has
skills and competence to establish supportive trusting relationships with
persons with severe and persistent mental illnesses and respect for
clients' rights and personal preferences in treatment is essential.
- Able to demonstrate initiative and
success in providing client-centered interaction, solution-based
approaches to learning, motivation techniques and positive reinforcement
- Able to demonstrate patience, creative
thinking, good decision making skills, and a willingness to assist clients
with achieving treatment plan goals.
- Able to demonstrate the ability to
maintain appropriate professional boundaries while teaching necessary
living skills to clients.
- Demonstrates ability to be organized and
keep accurate and timely records.
- Demonstrates an ability to work
independently and as a positive team player.
- Demonstrates good time management
- Requires a valid WA State driver's
license and use of own vehicle with BHR approved insurance.
TYPICAL DUTIES &
- Meets regularly as scheduled with
Hoquiam Adult Services Team to receive work assignments.
- Writes and submits progress notes for
each client seen on each day of service. Progress notes must meet the
standards of content and legibility set for the program.
- Organizes and schedules work time in
order to complete assignments and all related paperwork in a timely manner
and according to program standards.
- Attends required program and agency
- Attends ongoing briefing and debriefing
consultations as are relevant to the program.
- Meets with Supervisor on a regular basis
as scheduled. Accepts direction and carries out self-care methods to stay
- Act as an interpreter to help non-mental
health consumer team members better understand and empathize with each
client's unique and subjective experience and perceptions.
- Provide expertise and consultation from
a mental health consumer perspective to the entire team concerning
client's experiences on symptoms of mental illness, the effects and side
effects of medications, clients responses to opinions of treatment and
clients experience of recovery.
- Collaborate with the team to promote a
team culture in which each client's point of view, experiences and preferences
are recognized, understood and respected, and in which client
self-determination and decision making in treatment planning are maximized
- Help clients identify, understand and
combat stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness and
develop strategies to reduce self-stigma.
- Help other team members identify and
understand culture-wide stigma and discrimination against people with
mental illness and develop strategies to eliminate stigma within the team.
- Help clients develop interests and
personal identity outside of the mental health system.
- Other duties as assigned to meet
necessary goals of the position.
- Must be able to drive and to transport
clients as needed.
- Ability to lift up to 25 pounds