Peer Support Specialist - New Journeys

Peer Support Specialist (20hrs/wk.) - New Journeys

General Summary of Duties: The Peer Counselor 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 Counselor provides the team with expertise about the recovery process, symptom management, and clients' persistence to lead a satisfying life.
  • The Peer Counselor 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 Counselor provides consultation to clients, families, and team staff in community resources, treatment planning, crisis intervention, and substance abuse services.

New Journeys is a team-based, multi-disciplinary, recovery-oriented model serving Transition Age Youth (TAY) and adults, between the ages of 15-40 years that have a diagnosis meeting the criteria for Seriously Emotionally Disturbed (SED) or Seriously Mentally Ill (SMI) and experiencing the first episode of psychosis.

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 recovery. Promote hope and empowerment designed to help clients attain recovery goals and maintain the highest possible independence level, even during periods of instability.
  • Provide coaching, guidance, and support to include transition services from hospital to community, supported companionship, money management, and medication management. Additionally, coaching may be provided in the following areas: personal hygiene, use of public transportation, employment, and social skills, and completion of household tasks, including cooking, laundry, grocery shopping, and housekeeping.
  • Act 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 recovery experiences.
  • The peer specialist will help clients move forward with their goals through co-facilitating groups such as Illness Management and Recovery (IMR), Wellness Recovery Action Plans (WRAP), and assisting in Integrated Primary Care (IPC) activities.
  • Provide treatment coordination services for an assigned group of clients, including coordinating and monitoring the activities of the individual treatment team (ITT).
  • Assume primary responsibility for collaboratively developing, writing, implementing, evaluating, and revising overall treatment goals and plans in collaboration with client and the ITT. Use recovery-based concepts and language in both written and verbal communications.
  • Educate and support clients families and advocate for clients rights and preferences. Consult with families and community agencies such as DSHS, court systems, housing authorities, etc., to maintain coordination in the treatment process.
  • Help clients and staff to identify, understand, and combat stigma, discrimination and assist clients in locating self-help and consumer advocacy groups that promote recovery while acting as the liaison between the team and such groups.
  • Collaborate with staff and clients on awareness of client rights, including grievance and complaint procedures; support clients with filing, mediating, and resolving complaints.
  • Assist in providing 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, including employment.
  • Assist clients in attaining and maintaining safe, affordable housing, including apartment hunting, finding a roommate, landlord negotiations, and procuring necessities such as furnishings and telephone and utility hook-up.
  • Provide practical help and supports to help clients gain access to health care services. As well as other necessary services such as legal services, housing subsidies, and funding alternatives.
  • 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
  • Advancement opportunities available within the agency
  • Free Employee Assistance Program and parking


Minimum Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma or GED

  • Entry-level (no prior related work experience)
  • Possess and maintain a valid driver's license with an acceptable motor vehicle report and reliable, insured transportation

  • Agency Affiliated Counselor Registration.
  • Completion of the Washington State Mental Health Divisions Peer Counselor Training and the subsequent certification as a Peer Counselor within six months of employment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Relevant experience working with clients with severe and persistent mental illness.
  • Capacity to work well with children and families.

Performance Requirements:

  1. Maintain a working knowledge of current trends in community mental health, including health care reform and automation of job tasks using computer technology.
  2. Maintain a working knowledge of mental health rehabilitation standards.

  1. Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with other employees, clients, organizations, and the public.
  2. Communication Communicates clearly and concisely.
  3. Computer skills - The ability to operate a personal computer, fax machine, printer, and copier proficiently.

  1. Demonstrated ability to maintain appropriate professional boundaries while balancing the sometimes conflicting demands of being both a peer to clients and an employee of the agency. Seek appropriate clinical supervision where necessary, particularly around boundary issues.
  2. Demonstrated ability to meet or exceed productivity standards.
  3. Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively as a team member.


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Kitsap Mental Health Services (KMHS) is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization filled with compassionate people doing important work. Weve been transforming lives and our community since 1978, helping our neighbors with mental and behavioral health challenges to achieve healthy, productive lives. As one of the largest non-profit employers in Kitsap County, our 500+ employees provide a comprehensive range of services to over 6500 children, youth, adults, and families annually.

  • Competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits package
  • Work/life balance
  • The opportunity to make a positive difference!

We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, creed, marital status, age, Vietnam era, or disabled veteran status.