Peer Specialist

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. 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: $17.44 - $24.07 per hour depending on experience and qualifications.

BHR offers an exceptional benefits package with 100% paid medical and dental insurance for the employee, contribution to a retirement plan, paid holidays, a generous paid time off policy, education funds, reimbursement of credentialing expenditures, and a student loan repayment program. BHR is also an eligible employer for the Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness program.


  • High school diploma or GED.
  • Two years of paid or volunteer work experience with youth and/or adults with mental illness is highly desired.
  • Completed Peer Certification Training with proof of completion or ability to become certified within 90 days of hire is required.
  • Have a valid driver's license and auto insurance.
  • Previous experience working as a member of a multidisciplinary treatment team and working collaboratively with other service providers preferred.
  • Proof of Covid-19 vaccination required prior to start date in accordance with Governor Inslee's requirement for private health care workers.

BHR has over 175 employees serving Thurston, Mason and Grays Harbor counties in Western Washington. The agency's mission is to support and strengthen individuals, families, and the community by promoting mental health and substance use disorder recovery. Mental health and addiction recovery are integral to overall community health. Our vision is a community, healed, through treatment, education, and advocacy. We are committed to equity and inclusion in our services, in our workplace, and in our community.