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Peer Support Specialist

Company: Central City Concern
Location: Vancouver
Posted on: June 25, 2022

Job Description:

Open Until Filled (Seniority Bid Close Date: 5/9/22)

Since 1979, the Portland community has trusted Central City Concern (CCC) to help people create meaningful, long-term change. Every year, we serve more than 13,000 people experiencing or at risk of homelessness with affordable and supportive housing, person-centered health care, addiction recovery and employment assistance. By providing health care, housing and jobs, CCC is ending homelessness in Portland and helping people achieve their highest potential.

CCC's Housing Rapid Response ("HRR") program is seeking a Peer Support Specialist to join our team!

Pay rate: $17.50/hr

Schedule: Full time, Sunday - Thursday. (Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 11:00am - 7:30pm. Wednesday: 8:00am - 4:30pm.)

The Peer Support Specialist provides a variety of recovery-oriented services to individuals who have self-identified as desiring peer supports, in order to promote greater independence, community integration and recovery from mental illness and/or addiction. Services provided by peers (people in addiction recovery or with co-occurring mental health disorders) include a wide range of supports, services, and advocacy that contribute to a client's ability to engage in ongoing treatment.

The Successful Candidate:

You are a skilled relationship-builder and can partner collaboratively with internal care teams and outreach partners to ensure clients are receiving the care they need. You are passionate about ensuring your relationships with clients and program staff are strong and built on trust. You are able to learn how to intervene in crises in a clinically and culturally appropriate way. You are able to consider the impacts of structural racism, oppression, and individual bias when making decisions.

Duties to Include:

Work with clients to identify wellness and recovery goals.
Exemplifies recovery principles in order to show by example that recovery is possible and attainable. Share their own recovery story as appropriate, and walks the road of recovery alongside the service recipient.
Work with clients on specific objectives in conjunction with the case manager and the client's ISSP.
Attend and positively participate in required team, agency, and interdisciplinary meetings.
Coordinate and consult with other team members to keep team informed of issues and progress
Ensure timely completion of all required paperwork.
Work to increase level of cultural sensitivity, awareness and competency regarding Person Centered and Peer Delivered Services.
Document all peer contact at time of service.
Work with HRR Leadership team to develop and support new programming
Participate in group supervision as required.
Support clients in establishing community integration, including, but not limited to accessing recovery meetings, faith-based support, clean and sober recreation, etc., in their neighborhoods.
Facilitate activity groups.
Coordinate pro-social activities in the community.
Provide support with transporting identified clients from their homes to the office for groups, individual sessions or other appointments in the community. Assist in developing skills with public transportation as appropriate.


Certified Recovery Mentor or Peer Support Specialist or ability to obtain certification prior to start.
Must be a self-identified person in recovery from a substance use or co-occurring mental health disorder, who meets the abstinence requirements for recovery staff in alcohol and other drug treatment programs.
HRR Graduates preferred.
Must be registered with Traditional Health Workers Registry.
At least two year's work, education, training or experience in chemical dependency or mental health treatment preferred.
Must be able to provide peer delivered services as described in Medicaid guidelines.
If in recovery, must be able to document continuous abstinence under independent living conditions or recovery housing for the immediate past two years.
Must possess a current driver's license, access to a vehicle, qualify as an Acceptable Driver as designated in Central City Concern's Fleet Safety policy. Must pass an initial drivers training within 60 days of being an approved driver and continued recertification training. Must maintain vehicle insurance coverage of a minimum of $100,000/$300,000 personal auto liability coverage.
Must pass a pre-employment drug screen, TB test, and background check.

Benefits: Central City Concern offers an incredible benefits package to our employees!

Generous paid time off plan beginning at 4 weeks per year at the time of hire. Accrual increases with longevity.
Amazing 403(b) Retirement Savings plan with an employer match of 4.25% in your 1st year, 6% in the 2nd year, and 8% in your 3rd year!
10 paid Holidays PLUS 2 Personal Holidays to be used at the employee's discretion.
Comprehensive Medical, Vision, and Dental insurance coverage.
Employer Paid Life, Short Term Disability, AND Long Term Disability Insurance!
Sabbatical Program offering extended time off at years 7, 14 and 21.

Central City Concern is a second chance employer and complies with applicable laws regarding consideration of criminal background for employment purposes. Government regulations, contractual requirements, or the duties of this particular job may require CCC to conduct a background check and take appropriate action to address prior criminal convictions.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c) Associated topics: deskside, front desk, information technology, information technology analyst, patient, support, support analyst, support specialist, technical support specialist, technology

Keywords: Central City Concern, Vancouver , Peer Support Specialist, Other , Vancouver, Washington

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