Peer/Parent Support Specialist- Bilingual

General Summary of Duties: The Bilingual Peer Counselor has experienced mental health problems related to their legal, social, and family status 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 ups and downs of the acculturation process in a new country, how to manage PTSD symptoms and clients' persistence in leading satisfying life.
  • The Peer Counselor is responsible for advocating for client choice, self-determination, and decision-making in the planning, delivering and evaluating of treatment, rehabilitation, and support services.
  • The Peer Counselor provides cultural 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' experiences 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 peer counseling and support to parents and caregivers, drawing on common experiences as a peer. Promote self-determination, empowerment, and personal responsibility for recovery and wellness, and assist parents/caregivers in advocating for themselves and their children. Support parents/caregivers in meetings as needed, including Child & Family Team, Kitsap Shared Resources, Individualized Education Plan (IEP) conferences, Kitsap County Court proceedings, and Family Team Decision Making (FTDM) meetings with the Washington State Division of Child & Family Services (DCFS).
  • Provide practical help and supports to assist clients in gaining access to health care services, legal services, housing subsidies, funding alternatives, and employment resources.
  • Provide ongoing assessment, problem-solving, side-by-side services, skill teaching, support, and environmental adaptations to assist clients with daily living activities.
  • Provide side-by-side support, coaching, and encouragement to help clients socialize. Go with clients to community activities, including activities offered by consumer-run peer support organizations. Assists clients in planning and carrying out leisure time activities.
  • Organize and lead individual and group social and recreational activities to help clients structure their time, increase social experiences, gain skills and support in parenting, and provide opportunities to practice social skills.
  • Provides transition services from hospital to community, including medication management.
  • Act as an interpreter to the rest of the team while providing expertise and consultation from a client's perspective in areas such as symptoms, effects and side effects of medications, client opinions of treatment, and client recovery experiences.
  • Help clients and staff identify, understand, and combat stigma and discrimination and assist clients in locating self-help and consumer advocacy groups that promote recovery while acting as the team 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 increased suicidality, the need for substance abuse education and treatment, and the client's readiness for meaningful daily activity, including employment.
  • In addition to the above, any other responsibilities appropriate to the position and not specifically listed in the job description.

KMHS is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate against people regardless of age, genetic information, national origin, race/color, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, neurodiversity, disability, or veteran status. KMHS envisions an anti-racist, equitable, inclusive, and collaborative community in which all can feel welcome.

  • 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


Minimum Qualifications:

EDUCATION: High School Diploma or GED

EXPERIENCE: 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

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

Language: Speech and writing fluency in both English and Spanish.

Preferred Qualifications:

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

Capacity to work well with children and families.