Peer Support Specialist

  • Goodwill Industries of Greater NE
  • Grand Island, NE, USA
  • Feb 08, 2021
Full time Other Behavioral Health Positions

Job Description

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: Provide Peer Support within with the Behavioral Health Day Services team, advocate and develop Peer Support Services with an emphasis on hope and recovery.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:   (NOTE: Qualified persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Reasonable accommodation will be made).

  1. Development of Peer Support Services: Assist and consult with the Team Lead and/or Clinical Supervisor in enhancing and developing additional resources that provide quality training, information and experiences to empower participants in their recovery.
  2. Provide psycho-educational classes within the facility-based services: Provide psycho-educational classes and support groups in a manner that engages the participant to work towards their goals, share their recovery story with others, and promote wellness. The class/group topics are related to enhancing independent living skills, job readiness skills, and promotes rehabilitative recovery. The classes/groups are offered using creative educational approaches that aid in reaching various learning styles.
  3. Adhere to program documentation policies & procedures: Maintain clinical records consistent with agency policies and state regulations by documenting peer support services in the participant’s electronic file.
  4. Competency in diagnostics and treatment options: Be knowledgeable on diagnostics and medications, including treatment options, reasons for taking the medications, possible complications/side effects, etc.
  5. Clinical Supervision: Actively participate in routine staffing and 1:1 Clinical Supervision meetings to review Peer Support services/interventions provided for participants, the documentation of these services, the impact/effectiveness of the service/intervention provided and explore opportunities to expand Peer Support services/interventions.
  6. Facilitate Drop-In Center: Facilitate the Drop-In Center services at the BH building to provide assistance to participants in a trauma informed manner in accessing resources in the community, learning about their diagnostics/treatment options, or time sharing their story/concerns/stressors etc.
  7. Comply with transportation policies and procedures: Follow all state and agency rules/regulations when transporting self and/or participants. Travel is required for business purposes.
  8. Effective teamwork:   Work effectively within the Day Services as an active team member with     positive and supportive teamwork. Provide coverage as needed for coworkers (including coverage in transportation, kitchen, and front desk) to ensure the program is provided in a quality manner following the routine participants anticipate as best as possible.
  9. Safely provide transportation for clients to and from Day Services on a regular basis.
  10. Client-centered approach that focuses on exploring and resolving ambivalence and centers on motivational processes within the individual that facilitates change that includes identification, examination, and resolution of ambivalence about changing behavior.
  11. Peer Support will use strategies to elicit and support change talk and pathway to change behavior.
  12. Use of Motivational Interviewing skills and approach that focuses on building rapport between Recovery Specialist and participant that encourages participant autonomy that evokes change. The Change is supported in a manner congruent with the participant’s own values/concerns and Recovery Vision.
  13. Motivational Interviewing Skills and strategies are used to evoke the “MI Spirit” (Expressing Empathy, Support Self-efficacy, Roll with Resistance, Develop Discrepancy); include OARS, Affirmation, Reflections and Summaries.
  14. Adhere to confidentiality policies and procedures: Process all information in a professional and  in a  confidential manner.
  15. Adhere to licensure and/or contract requirements: Be knowledgeable of CARF requirements, Adult Day Care license, Medicaid regulations, CACFP food program, and Division of Behavioral Health Service Definitions and assure that standards are being met. Comply with state regulations and guidelines to assure future certification of the program.

Job Requirements


  1. High school diploma. Must be able to obtain the Nebraska DHHS Peer Support Specialist Certification within six (6) months of hire and maintain the certification.
  2. Personal experience with recovery and willing to share their recovery experience with others.
  3. Training and experience in teaching independent living skills is particularly helpful.

Must be authorized for coverage under agency insurance if operating agency vehicle. Must have good driving record, valid Nebraska driver’s license, and/or required level of personal auto insurance

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