• Peer Specialist

    Job Locations US-WA-Seattle
    Posted Date 4 weeks ago(12/23/2018 10:58 PM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Chemical Dependency
    USD $16.98/Hr.
  • Overview

    $16.98 to $18.00/hr DOE



    Catholic Community Services’ Counseling, Recovery & Wellness (CReW) Program is a licensed community mental health and substance use treatment program and provider of the King County Behavioral Health Organization (BHO). The program serves adults with mental illness, substance use disorders, or co-occurring disorders to help improve individuals’ quality of life. Individuals served are currently or formerly homeless, living in poverty, and have high barriers to participating in treatment. Services are provided in a variety of settings, including client’s homes, permanent supportive housing, transitional housing, homeless shelters and the streets. Our services promote a collaborative partnership with the person served, the development of opportunities for personal growth, a commitment to community integration, goal-oriented and individualized supports, and satisfaction and success in community living.

    POSITION DESCRIPTION: Peer Specialists share their lived experience with individuals to create mutually supportive relationships based on trust and respect in an effort to increase empowerment and hope, improve personal success, provide opportunity for integration into the community, build linkages to needed community resources and begin to establish natural community supports. This position will have some focus on outreaching and engaging with current residents in permanent supportive housing programs which operate with a Housing First, Harm Reduction approach. The goal of this position is to promote housing stability and connection to co-occurring treatment services. The Peer Specialist will work as a team member with CReW clinicians, housing case managers and program directors to meet reportable outcomes for housing retention and referral to treatment. Additionally, work may include building referral relationships with other agency, system and community partners, outreaching with individuals interested in services but lacking medical entitlements required for care, and assisting staff in the development and implementation of individualized treatment plans.


    This is a part time, 20-30 hour per week position. 



    • Provide outreach, engagement, support and ongoing case management services for adults with mental health and/or substance use disorders
    • Dialogue with individuals and relate personal experience that will assist in building trust with them.
    • Utilize a Recovery based approach to help individuals set long-term and short-term goals, and to convey messages of hope to individuals and team members that recovery is possible for all.
    • Assume primary responsibility for coordinating all aspects of individuals’ care for a primary caseload of roughly 10 individuals.
    • Work with clients on primary caseload to collaboratively, along with other treatment team members, develop and analyze individuals’ service plans, making suggestions for interventions that would improve individual participation and promote recovery.
    • In addition to primary caseload, provide supportive services and interventions to behavioral health clients in conjunction with treatment team members that would be benefit from recovery services.
    • Provide a range of supportive/helpful interventions and activities as agreed to with the individual and documented in service plans.
    • Adapt activities and interventions to enhance focus on strengths, needs and creativity without changing the basic nature of agreements and plan.
    • Assist individuals in writing Wellness Recovery Action Plans (WRAP), safety plans or crisis plans to aid in lowering risk of harm to self or others, reduce traumatic impacts related to increased periods of mental health symptoms or negative consequences related to substance use.
    • Assist case managers and care team in coordinating individual supports and linkage to promote safety and stability. This includes facilitating access to food, clothing, hygiene services, medical care, financial and medical benefits, or community resources and services. Additionally, this includes coordinating care around psychiatric medications, attending psychiatric appointments with clients, assisting clients in skill building with following up on medical recommendations.
    • Participate in the planning, organizing and co-facilitating of self-help and educational group treatment services, including topics of social skills, relapse prevention, independent living skills, grief and loss support.
    • Participate in psychiatric consultation, staffing and supervision. Communicate progress and concerns to the appropriate co-workers.
    • Participate in continuous improvement efforts by sharing perspectives in agency activities such as Quality Improvement reviews, staffing, or other means.
    • Seek assistance and report incidents to the right people at the right time.
    • Be able to organize weekly schedule, prioritize tasks, follow through on given assignments, demonstrate reliability in appointments with individuals, and accurately show documentation that work was done and completed within expected time frame.


    Universal job skills: All CCS employees will demonstrate the ability to:

    • Communicate role, responsibility and agency philosophy in order to assure mutual respect, confidence and trust with the consumer and other stakeholders.
    • Provide non-judgmental, unconditional support to the consumer.
    • Assess for immediate safety and stabilization needs.
    • Customize helping approaches to fit the consumer’s uniqueness, personality, culture and interest.
    • Report relevant information to the right people at the right time.
    • Maintain a focus on strengths, needs and creative solutions.
    • Utilize the consumer’s expertise in problem solving and solution seeking.
    • Work interdependently with others toward common goals.
    • Respond to consumer’s needs in a timely fashion.
    • Complete required documentation within established timeframes.
    • Instill hope for the future by communicating and behaving with confidence and reassurance.
    • Ability to work within the mission, goals, and objectives of Catholic Housing Services/Catholic Community Services.
    • Ability to commit to developing and safekeeping a workplace that values and supports a culturally diverse work environment.
    • All employees working in CCS have the responsibility for developing and safekeeping a workplace that values and supports a culturally diverse work environment. Employees’ treatment of each other, their willingness to try new ways and ideas--all these things contribute greatly to the organization’s success in providing an open, culturally enriched and diverse workplace.


    Minimum Qualifications

    • Recognition as a Peer Specialist by DBHR or ability to complete Washington State Peer training and pass exam within three months of hire.
    • Pass background check through Washington State Patrol.
    • Availability to work flexible hours (evenings, nights, weekends may be needed).
    • Proof of negative TB test within past 12 months.
    • Washington State Counselor Registration and be eligible to be an Agency Affiliated Counselor (HIV/AIDS training required).
    Preferred Qualifications
    • Lived experience with homelessness.
    • Training on WRAP Facilitation.


    Note to Internal Candidates: HR reviews internal compensation and determines increase based on their experience and also agency internal equity factors.


    Catholic Community Services and Catholic Housing Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer

    Please let us know if you need special accommodations to apply or interview for this position.




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