Job Title: Certified Peer Support Specialist

Department: Our Place

Pay: $ DOE

FLSA Status: Non-exempt/Full time

Hours: 40 per week.


Objective of the Position:  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


The Behavioral Health Peer Support Specialist provides peer-based recovery support in the process of giving and receiving non-clinical assistance to achieve long term recovery or in the process of certification with an end date from mental health, physical health, and substance abuse issues.  This support is provided by individuals who are experientially credentialed and trained to assist others in initializing recovery, maintaining recovery, and enhancing the quality of personal and family life in long-term recovery.

Essential Functions:

  • Works as part of a multidisciplinary team to help consumers to develop a personal recovery plan and identify opportunities to provide support as clients work to achieve their recovery goals.
  • Promotes client self-determination and decision-making.
  • Facilitate a peer support group(s)
  • Coaches and supports clients who are developing the necessary skills for integration into the community.
  • Advocates for clients working in recovery that are developing life skills and building confidence to attain life goals and empowerment through physical, spiritual, or emotional health.
  • Interacts with referral contacts within the community. Links clients to resources identified within the wellness recovery plan.
  • Models competency in recovery and maintaining ongoing wellness.
  • Monitors and supports client through peer support and reports progress or concerns to the treatment team.
  • May participate with Crisis Response Team calls.
  • Must be willing to publicly self-identify as being in recovery from a mental health, substance use or addiction diagnosis.
  • Must be able to take direction, be prompt, take initiative, complete tasks as assigned, and be able to work effectively as part of a team.
  • Participate in staff, community, and program meetings
  • Participate in regular clinical supervision
  • Collect data as directed for program evaluation
  • Complete reports and documentation in a timely manner
  • Participate in regular training
  • Work with outside partners to bring groups, training, and other events to the Drop in Center
  • Other duties as assigned



  • Must self-identify as a client of mental health and/or substance abuse.
  • Must have some knowledge and experience of severe mental illness and treatment and its impact on consumer/survivors and their families.
  • Must have and maintain state Behavioral Health Peer Support Specialist (BHPSS) certification or in process with tentative completion dat.
  • Must possess good communication skills and adhere to the Code of Ethics(attached)
  • Complete and pass the following trainings; Peer Support 101; ASIST; Trauma Informed Care training.
  • Must complete trainings required per Good Samaritan Ministries including but not limited to VIRTUS within 30 days of employment.
  • Must have a Montana valid driver’s license, personal vehicle and current commercial vehicle insurance.


  • AA or BA in Social Services or related field; or education/training and work experience combined may qualify
  • Previous experience or knowledge of community services, social work or a related field
  • Knowledge of Word, Excel, Outlook et

Physical Requirements:

  • May be required to life, and carry objects weighing up to 35lbs, team lifting for more than 35lbs
  • Must be able to sit or stand for long periods of time while working on the computer
  • May spend work hours interacting with staff, customers, or those in need of support

Working Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • May work both on and off campus to attend community meetings or client activities
  • Work in a fast-paced environment with heavy traffic flow, and heart wrenching situations on and off throughout the day
  • Travel required.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature of the work being performed by employees in this position.  They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications.  The Good Samaritan Ministries Management reserves the right to amend and change the responsibilities to meet the store needs at any time.


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