Youth Peer Specialist

This member of the Thurston/Mason Children, Youth, and Family Services (CYF) 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.  They collaborate to promote a team culture that recognizes, understands, and respects each client's point of view, experiences and preferences.  They are 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 for CYF outpatient and New Journeys first episode psychosis clients; carries out rehabilitation and support functions and assists in treatment, education, and crisis intervention under the clinical supervision of staff with professional degrees.

Compensation: $17.10- $23.60 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.

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.