Peer Support Specialist 280

The Peer Support Specialist, EASA (Early Assessment Support Alliance) position provides a variety of recovery-oriented services to individuals enrolled in transition age youth/young adult programs who have self-identified as desiring peer supports. 

Position works, to promote greater independence, community integration and recovery. Services provided by peers (people who have had the experience of mental health treatment and have certification in Peer Support) include a wide variety of supports, services and advocacy that contribute to a client's ability to engage in ongoing treatment and work towards less dependence on traditional mental health treatment. These activities acknowledge the importance of involving significant others and other natural supports in the persons treatment that could positively impact their recovery.

This full-time position is currently working remotely, but will work in-person when it is possible to do so. Position will work half-time with the Clackamas County program (based out of Milwaukie, OR) and half-time with the Washington County program (based out of Tigard, OR). These locations are within the Portland metro area. 

Days/Hours: This is a full-time position, working 40 hours per week. This position works Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. 

Pay/Benefits: $16.05 to $17.25 per hour. Full benefits

Essential Responsibilities: 

  • Uses a Person-Centered approach to create and work on a Peer-Assisted Wellness Recovery Plan tailored to the specific needs of the individual receiving services. 
  • Uses their own experiences as guided by training and also models the principles of recovery for those they work with, including gaining greater independence, emphasize wellness and self-determination. 
  • Assists the persons they work with to identify and utilize natural community supports to decrease dependence on the traditional mental health system. 
  • Work with clients to develop wellness and recovery goals towards what the client wants for their lives. 
  • Present a model of someone in recovery and share their own experiences as their training provided guidance. 
  • Work with clients on specific and obtainable goals included in the person's ISSP. 
  • Provides support to clients who are having symptoms that could result in hospitalization.  Duties could include grocery shopping, meal preparation or just spending time with clients. Assists clients in accessing community resources such as food boxes, healthcare appointments and other services as appropriate. 
  • Maintain confidentiality of records relating to clients' treatment. 
  • Meets standards for documentation and accuracy of work as defined in the Performance Evaluation. 
  • Meets standards as defined in the Performance Evaluation for client care, quality/customer service, attendance/punctuality and teamwork.   
  • Continually increase level of cultural sensitivity, awareness and competency. 
  • Participates in regular individual and team meetings with supervisor.  Provides written and verbal reports to supervisor regarding cases. Attends informational and clinical meetings which may include all-agency meetings, team meetings, consultation meetings with psychiatrist, staffings, intra-agency trainings, etc.  Attend and contribute positively to team meetings, agency and interdisciplinary meetings. 
  • Educate and advocate for the values and principles of Peer Delivered Services and the Recovery Model.  
  • Checks e-mail/voice mail daily/throughout the day when working responding to contacts within 48 hours for routine matter (urgent matters may require a more immediate response) 
  • Completes online training courses as assigned. 


  • Self-identifies as a current or former recipient of mental health services,
  • Must hold a Peer Support Specialist certification from a State-approved training program.
  • Must hold a Traditional Health Worker (THW) number from the Oregon Health Authority's Office of Equity and Inclusion (OEI).
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills and ability to provide culturally-competent treatment services to diverse client populations.
  • Familiar with developmental needs of adolescents and young adults.
  • Basic computer skills including keyboarding, use of mouse, ability to navigate website and use common web browser.
  • The ability to transport clients in a personal vehicle is required. Must have access to car, valid driver's license, proof of current automobile insurance coverage and ability to meet LifeWorks NW driving requirements.  
  • Ability to perform essential functions of job without creating a direct threat to the safety of self or others.
  • Must be able to pass a DHS background check. 

LifeWorks NW believes that diversity strengthens our workforce and empowers our community.

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