Peer Wellness Specialist 930

LifeWorks NW provides services for adults with severe and persistent mental illness.

The Peer Wellness Specialist works as a member of the integrated primary care and mental health care team to implement and monitor treatment for individuals enrolled in integrated primary care services located in LifeWorks NW clinics.  As a member of the team, the Peer Wellness Specialist will mentor and provide recovery-based coaching for enrolled individuals to assist them in achieving person-driven health goals. The Peer Wellness Specialist performs a wide range of tasks to support individuals in living their own lives and directing their own recovery and wellness process. 

This position is based out of the Rockwood/SE Portland area. This position is currently providing telehealth services using Zoom technology through the COVID-19 pandemic most of the time. There is some opportunity for and encouragement of community outreach when appropriate. This position will have a greater focus on the provision of services in the community once the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions are lifted.

Days/Hours: This is a Part-Time position working 20 hours per week during daytime and evening hours. 

Pay/Benefits:  $16.21 to $17.43 per hour. Pro-rated benefits

Essential Responsibilities: 

  • Provide individualized health coaching to assist persons in obtaining their health objectives.
  • Teaches participants ways to manage their mental and physical health.
  • Supports participants in learning how to make good choices to support health goals.
  • Creates and adapts wellness objectives to overcome barriers to good mental and physical health with input from participant.
  • Facilitates one or more therapeutic groups per week focused on health and wellness.
  • Works closely with the multi-disciplinary team to engage participants in appropriate services and resources and assists with coordination of care.
  • In collaboration with interdisciplinary teams, assists Care Coordinator with care coordination with appropriate partners such as community partners, primary care physicians or other medical providers and consultation with team and supervisors.
  • Promotes participant engagement in treatment with clinicians, engagement with psychiatric services, engagement with wellness services and engagement with primary care including accompanying the consumer to appointments as needed and/or ensuring warm handoffs
  • Administers outcome measurement tools and participates in data collection, including basic health screenings (blood pressure, weight, height readings, BMI calculations, etc.)
  • 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)


  • Self-identifies as a current, a former recipient of mental health services or a family member of someone who has received mental health services.
  • Holds a Peer Support Specialist certification from a State-approved training program. Preferable to also have Recovery Mentor certification.
  • Holds 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.
  • Basic computer skills including keyboarding, use of mouse, ability to navigate website and use common web browser.
  • Transporting clients in a personal vehicle is required.Must have access to a car, valid driver's license, proof of current automobile insurance coverage and ability to meet driving requirements are necessary. 

LifeWorks NW is a private, non-profit organization providing prevention, mental health, substance use treatment, and related social services to over 30,000 youths, adults, and older adults in 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. Core values include Recovery and Relationships, Resilience, and Results. 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. LifeWorks NW is committed to advancing our equity and inclusion work with an emphasis on ensuring an anti-racist organizational culture and practice.  We strive to continuously improve the cultural competence and cultural humility of LifeWorks NW, its staff, and its services to clients and consumers in all aspects including race, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, socio-economic background and status, age, religion, veteran status, citizen status, and ability. LifeWorks NW creates and upholds a work environment that is respectful and inclusive for all. LifeWorks NW services are effective across cultural groups.

Equal Opportunity Employer

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