Peer Support Specialist

Deschutes County
September 19, 2023
Bend, OR
Job Type


Deschutes County Health Services supports over 400 staff in Behavioral and Public Health programs working to promote and protect the health and safety of the community in a broad variety of community based settings.

Deschutes County Behavioral Health (DCBH) is the Community Mental Health Program providing safety net and core clinical services for community members in Deschutes County dealing with mental health and substance use conditions. DCBH is also a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC). As such, DCBH relies on multi-disciplinary teams to provide innovative, evidence based, recovery oriented services in behavioral healthcare settings co-located with physical health providers.

We know where you choose to live, work and play matters. Deschutes County is one of the largest employers in Central Oregon and the largest municipal government in the region. Our dedicated and passionate workforce of more than 1,200 employees provide County services in a number of departments, divisions, and offices.

Located in the heart of Central Oregon, between the towering Cascade Mountain Range to the west and the high desert plateau to the east, Deschutes County is the outdoor recreation capital of Oregon. We enjoy a renowned quality of life, with big-city opportunities and small-town neighborhoods.

We hope you'll consider joining our talented team.

A Peer Support Specialist eligible as a Certified Recovery Mentor (CRM) through a Traditional Health Worker certification process operates as part of the Behavioral Health Resource Network (BHRN) in support of Measure 110. The goal of services is to help individuals be as independent as they can be, and to improve quality of life as they go through recovery or seek supports to treat addiction.

This position will provide support services to clients in the Intensive Youth Services Program and in coordination with other behavioral health network providers. CRM's are fully integrated team members who provide highly individualized services and support to clients with co-occurring needs. Services provided will be performed in a wide variety of settings in the community such as professional and private facilities, client homes, offices and clinics, and will include self-help groups, drop-in centers, outreach services, system navigation, coordination, screenings, cultivating and linking to supports, resource acquisition, coaching, problem solving, skill development, and education.

Recovery mentors are certified peers who have experienced a variety of challenges similar to the people they serve and have decided to share their success and knowledge by becoming a Certified Recovery Mentor. They are here to support others through the process and help others find the resources and support they need.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Utilizes developmentally appropriate engagement strategies and advocacy.
  • Person-Centered Planning (PCP): supporting individuals in creating wellness plans.
  • Understanding Mental Health & Addictions: information toward empathy.
  • Group Facilitation: peer-led facilitation skills.
  • Approaches and skills used to promote resiliency, wellness, empowerment, and effective peer support strategies and practices to facilitate a self-directed recovery process.
  • The effect of trauma on health, coping, and other aspects of client needs.
  • Principles of recovery, consumer-involvement, and trauma-informed care.
  • Satisfactorily completing paperwork and electronic health record documentation according to Deschutes County Behavioral Health (DCBH) policies, procedures, and data integrity standards.

What You Will Bring:
Knowledge of or experience with:

  • Assisting clients in developing the perspectives that promote resiliency and facilitate recovery.
  • Modeling personal responsibility and self-care.
  • Advocating for clients.
  • Teaching coping/life skills.
  • Sharing own experiences in appropriate ways.
  • Keeping boundaries and forming appropriate relationships with clients.

Skill in:

  • Perform a wide variety of tasks to assist client's wellness.
  • Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with others at all times.
  • Use a personal computer and keyboard.

*This posting is not meant to be an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities, but rather constitutes a general definition of the position's scope and function.

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Review the full job description by clicking HERE.
$3,998.92 to $5,358.99 per month for a 172.67 hour work month. Excellent County benefit package when eligible. This union-represented position is available immediately.

Our robust health plan is offered at a minimal cost of $90 per month, which includes an innovative on-site clinic, pharmacy, and wellness and wellbeing services. Additionally, we include life insurance, retirement (PERS), generous paid time-off (14-18 hours/month to start, pro-rated for part-time), holidays, and professional development opportunities. Please click HERE for full benefit details.
Minimum Qualifications

  • Must have a high school diploma or GED equivalent.
  • As defined by Oregon Administrative Rule 309-032-1501, a "Peer Support Specialist" provides peer delivered services to an individual or family member with similar life experience, under the supervision of a qualified Clinical Supervisor.
  • A Peer Support Specialist must have at least one year of experience: as a self-identified person currently or formerly receiving mental health services; or a self-identified person in recovery from a substance use disorder, who meets the abstinence requirements for recovering staff in alcohol and other drug treatment programs; or a family member of an individual who is a current or former recipient of addictions or mental health services.
  • Education, employment, and volunteer experience providing direct or indirect peer, mentor, coaching, or other supports to individuals with mental health or substance use disorder conditions may also be considered in evaluating employee qualifications.

Preferred Qualifications :

  • Current certification in Oregon as a Certified Traditional Health Worker, Peer Support Specialist.
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish.

Necessary Special Requirements

Driving is a requirement for this position. Possession of or ability to obtain a valid Oregon driver's license within 30 days of hire date. The employment offer will be contingent upon presentation of an acceptable and verifiable driver's license, pre-employment screening for criminal history, driving history, and controlled substances (NOTE: Positive test results for marijuana use may result in rescission of a contingent offer of employment). This screening must be completed with satisfactory findings in order for a formal offer of employment to be extended.

NOTE: Per OAR 407-007-0000 to 407-007-0100 this position requires a Criminal Background check through the State Background Check Unit/Orchards, which may also include being fingerprinted. These rules provide for the reasonable screening under ORS 181A.195, 181A.200, 409.027 AND 413.036 of the County's employees to determine if they have a history of specific criminal behavior identified in federal or state law or rules such that they should not be allowed to work, be employed, or perform in positions covered by these rules. Please click HERE to review Criminal Records Check Rules. All offers of employment for this position are contingent upon the candidate receiving final approval from the State Background Check Unit/Orchards to work in this position.

Must complete an Oregon Health Authority approved Certified Peer Support Specialist training program at the time of hire or within four months of hire date.

If identified as being in recovery from a substance use disorder, must be able to document continuous abstinence under independent living conditions or recovery housing for the immediate past two years as defined by Oregon Administrative Rule 309-032-1520. Will be asked to discuss recovery experiences during interview process. If offered the position and incumbent is a current client of Deschutes County Health Services Behavioral Health, incumbent must be reassigned to another agency for services.

Excellent County benefit package when eligible.
Deschutes County offers eligible employees a comprehensive health care package that covers medical, prescription, dental, and vision coverage for employees and their eligible dependents at a minimal cost of $90 per month. Coverage becomes effective the first of the month following 1 month of employment. Included in the health care package is the Deschutes Onsite Clinic (DOC), which provides a wide range of health, wellness, and primary care services to employees and their dependents. The DOC offers convenient hours and no out-of-pocket costs to patients. The DOC Pharmacy is a full service pharmacy available to employees and dependents to have their prescriptions filled at a discounted co-pay. In addition to the health care package, Deschutes County provides a generous and comprehensive benefits program to eligible employees.

Employer paid benefit offerings include:

  • Life Insurance for employee and dependents
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance
  • Long-term Disability Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Retirement Program through Oregon PERS
  • Time Management Leave

Employee paid voluntary benefit offerings include:

  • 125 Flexible Spending Program
  • 457 Deferred Compensation Program
  • Supplemental Life and Accident Insurance

To learn more about Deschutes County's generous benefit offerings, please visit and click on Employee Benefits.

Closing Date/Time: 10/1/2023 11:59 PM Pacific

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