Peer Support Specialist - Pendleton Place

General Summary of Duties: The Peer Support Specialist (Pendleton Place) has experience as a recipient of mental health services for severe and persistent mental illness and is willing to use and share his or her personal, practical experience, knowledge, and first-hand insight to benefit the team and its clients.
  • The Peer Support Specialist provides the team with expertise about the recovery process, symptom management, and clients' persistence to lead a satisfying life.
  • The Peer Support Specialist is responsible for advocating for client choice, self-determination, and decision-making in the planning, delivery, and evaluation of treatment, rehabilitation, and support services.
  • The Peer Support Specialist provides consultation to clients, families, and team staff in community resources, treatment planning, crisis intervention, and substance abuse services.

Major Responsibilities/Tasks:
  • Draw on common experiences as a peer to validate clients experience and to provide guidance and encouragement for clients to take responsibility and participate in their own recovery. Promote hope and empowerment designed to help clients attain recovery goals and maintain the highest possible level of independence, even during periods of instability.
  • Housing : Assists clients to maintain a safe and affordable place to live, landlord negotiations, cleaning, furnishing and decorating, and procuring necessities. Provides practical help and supports, mentoring, advocacy, coordination, side-by-side individualized support, problem solving, direct assistance and supervision to help clients obtain the necessities of daily living including medical and dental health care; legal and advocacy services; financial support such as entitlements, housing subsidies; money management services: transportation, and reasonable accommodation requests as needed.
  • Employment : Assists with referrals to job training, Foundation Community Supports Supported Employment Program and DVR. Provides work-related supportive services, such as assistance securing necessary clothing and grooming supplies, wake-up calls, reasonable accommodation requests as needed, and transportation.
  • Activities of Daily Living Services : Provides ongoing assessment, problem-solving, side-by-side services, skill teaching, support, and environmental adaptations to assist clients with activities of daily living. Assists and supports clients to organize and perform household activities, including house cleaning and laundry. Assists and supports clients with personal hygiene and grooming tasks. Provides nutrition education and assistance with meal planning, grocery shopping, and food preparation. Ensures clients have adequate financial support teaches money-management skills, and assists clients in accessing financial services. Helps clients access reliable transportation. Assists and supports clients to have and effectively use a personal primary care physician, dentist, and other medical specialists as required.
  • Social and Interpersonal Relationships and Leisure Time : Provides side-by-side support, coaching, and encouragement to help clients socialize, going with a client to community activities, including activities offered by consumer-run peer support organizations. Assists clients to plan and carrying out leisure time activities. Organizes and leads individual and group social and recreational activities to help clients structure their time, increase social experiences, and provide opportunities to practice social skills.
  • Other coaching, guidance, and transition supports : Assists in the provision of ongoing assessment and direct services to clients, responding to such challenges as an increase in suicidality, the need for substance abuse education and treatment, and the clients readiness for meaningful daily activity.
  • Acts as an interpreter to the rest of the team while providing expertise and consultation from a client perspective in areas such as symptoms, effects and side effects of medications, client opinions of treatment, and client experiences of recovery. Helps clients and staff to identify, understand, and combat stigma and discrimination. Collaborates with staff and clients on awareness of client rights, including grievance and complaint procedures; supports clients with filing, mediating, and resolving complaints. Increases client and staff awareness of client self-help and consumer advocacy groups which promote recovery, while acting as the liaison between the team and such groups. Provides oral and written feedback on consumer progress to the treatment team, including the timely completion of clinical notes.
  • Collaborates with Housing Support Specialist on clients, goals. activities, and daily happenings.
  • Maintains appropriate professional boundaries while balancing the sometimes conflicting demands of being both a peer to clients and an employee of the agency. Seeks appropriate clinical supervision where necessary, particularly around boundary issues.
  • Meets or exceeds productivity standards.
  • In addition to the above, any other responsibilities appropriate to the position and not specifically listed in the job description.

Our recruitment processes are designed to prevent discrimination against our people regardless of gender identity or orientation, religion, ethnicity, age, neurodiversity, disability status, citizenship, or any aspect which makes someone unique.

  • Comprehensive and generous health, dental and vision benefits
  • Up to 19 days of PTO and 8 paid holidays your first year (pro-rated for part-time)
  • An incredible team approach that is dynamic and collaborative
  • Loan Forgiveness, training, and extensive education available
  • Multiple locations and opportunities close to home
  • Advancement opportunities available within the agency
  • Free Employee Assistance Program and parking
  • Full Time, Part Time and PRN positions along with flexible hours for professional advancement


Minimum Qualifications:

EDUCATION: High School Diploma or GED

EXPERIENCE: Entry level (no prior related work experience)

Experience as a recipient of mental health or substance use services

Possess and maintain a valid driver's license with an acceptable motor vehicle report and reliable, insured transportation

LICENSURE: Agency Affiliated Counselor Registration. Completed the Washington State Mental Health Division's Peer Counselor Training and the subsequent certification as a Peer Counselor within six months of employment.

Preferred Qualifications:

EXPERIENCE: Relevant experience working with clients with severe and persistent mental illness.

Capacity to work well with children and families.