Peer Support Specialist Job Description

The peer support specialist works collaboratively with peers and clients and uses their own experience to help clients work through challenges they face.

Peer support specialists can work in mental health, substance abuse, or recovery support programs.

They provide emotional support to clients of other professionals who support them.

Peer support specialists talk to clients about work, relationships, or life problems.

Peer support specialists typically work in communities where adolescents and adults receive services.

They may also be employed by universities, churches, or hospitals.

Updated on:     
October 7, 2022

Job Brief:

We're looking for a Peer Support Specialist to join our team. The Peer Support Specialist will provide support and guidance to clients with mental health and/or substance abuse issues. This position is responsible for connecting clients with resources, providing referrals, and advocating for clients. The Peer Support Specialist will also provide support in group settings and facilitate groups as needed.

Peer Support Specialist Duties:

  • Knowledge of the social, emotional, and behavioral challenges individuals experiencing homelessness face
  • Develop rapport with homeless and at risk individuals
  • Participate in community outreach events, support groups, and meetings
  • Provides emotional support to individuals in crisis
  • Assists with goal setting, life skill development, and problem solving
  • Provides information on available community resources

Peer Support Specialist Responsibilities:

  • Assist people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in reaching their personal goals
  • Provide individualized support to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • Provide one-on-one or group therapy
  • Develop appropriate goals for programs
  • Collect and analyze program data
  • Assist with supervision and administration of program staff
  • Maintain confidentiality of personal, medical and financial information
  • Evaluate effectiveness of programs and recommend changes
  • Ensure program participants have equitable access to services
  • Ensure compliance with state and federal regulations
  • Ensure program participants are treated with respect, dignity and sensitivity
  • Oversee transportation of participants
  • Maintain accurate documentation
  • Enforce agency policies and procedures

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Requirements And Skills:

  • Bilingual (English/Spanish)
  • Excellent communication, teamwork, and organizational skills
  • Knowledge of emergency response systems
  • Previous experience working with individuals with disabilities

We at [Company Name] believe that diversity and inclusion are key to success. We are committed to building a team that reflects this belief. We encourage applications from people of all backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives.