LifeWorks NW is a private, non-profit
organization providing prevention, mental health, substance use treatment, and
related social services to youths, adults, and older adults in over fifteen
locations throughout Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas counties. LifeWorks
NW promotes a healthy community by providing quality and culturally responsive
mental health and addiction services across the lifespan.
Our core values-Recovery and Relationships,
Resilience, and Results-inform the work we do. The four pillars of the
strategic vision include Compassionate, Impactful Care, Holistic Health,
Passionate Team, and Thriving Organization. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
are critical to successfully achieving the mission. We know that "life
works" when people get the help they need and are dedicated to changing
The Peer Support Specialist
provides a variety of recovery-oriented services to individuals enrolled in
early intervention and transition age youth programs who have self-identified
as desiring peer supports. The Peer
Support Specialist 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.
As a behavioral health organization, LifeWorks NW
employees are required to have had their COVID 19 vaccination (or have an
approved medical/religious exemption) per State of Oregon rules. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required upon
position is based out of LifeWorks NW's Rockwood site.
Pay/Benefits: $17.02 to $18.30 per hour. This position is 40 hours a week. Full benefits.
ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES: (These responsibilities must be able to be
performed with or without reasonable accommodation.)
- 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 his/her 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
- 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 until they feel secure enough to be on their own
- Assists clients in accessing community
resources such as food boxes, healthcare appointments and other services as
- Assists clients in maintaining medication
compliance. May deliver medications,
makes reminder calls and home visits to ensure compliance.
- 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.
- Completes Service Activity Logs (S/AL's) on
a timely basis.
- 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
Qualifications: (Equivalent education and/or experience may
be substituted for qualifications.
- Requirements are representative of minimum
levels of knowledge, skills and/or abilities.
To perform this job successfully, the employee will possess the
abilities or aptitudes to perform each task proficiently.)
- Self-identifies as a current or former
recipient of mental health services
- Holds a Peer Support Specialist
certification from a State-approved training program. Holds a Traditional Health Worker 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
- Familiar with developmental needs of adults.
- Basic computer skills including keyboarding,
use of mouse, ability to navigate website and use common web browser.
- Transporting clients in a personal vehicle
may be required. If required, access to car, valid driver's license, proof of
current automobile insurance coverage and ability to meet driving requirements
- Ability to perform essential functions of
job without creating a direct threat to the safety of self or
Equal Opportunity Employer
Drug Free/Tobacco Free Site 01/09