Job Description:

Crisis Intervention-Peer Support Specialist needed immediately!  Bring your career to Southern Oregon!  Nestled between the Cascade and Siskiyou mountains, the Rogue Valley and surrounding area in Southern Oregon offers many trails to explore, large parks, breathtaking views, mild climate year- round and more!  Be part of a thriving, growing region!


Provides mentorship and support through strength-based interventions, education, coaching and resource referrals. Performs work within a framework of established procedures and with only occasional instruction or assistance within a framework of standard policies and procedures, initially under immediate supervision, progressing to general supervision as the incumbent becomes able to independently perform the full range of duties associated with this level.

Examples of Essential Position Duties: (The following duties represent some of the principal job duties; however, they are not all-inclusive. Other duties may be required or assigned.)

  • Provides support, such as coaching, education, information and resource referral, to individuals that are receiving services in various programs throughout the Mental Health Division.
  • Determines, through discussions with individual clients and the treatment team, what supports each individual needs in regards to food, shelter, medications, emotional support, problem solving, etc., and works to address those needs with the individual and community partners.
  • Provides support in times of crisis to the clients and/or the client’s family as appropriate and in coordination with the treatment team, which may include responding with the crisis team as part of the mobile response team in the community.
  • Assists individuals in making decisions about their resource needs as appropriate and in coordination with the resources team and defers to clinicians and managers when it is beyond the scope of peers.
  • Establishes and maintains complete and accurate records of client activities, supports offered and progress in coordination with the treatment team. Accurately enters the appropriate information that supports the clinical needs of the client into the client record.
  • Coordinates special programs and/or works with specific illnesses and age groups as assigned.
  • Determines the needs of the individuals and works with clinicians and managers to develop appropriate group content.
  • Adheres to regulatory requirements, collective bargaining agreements, County and departmental policies and procedures, required trainings, as well as safe work practices.
  • Develops and maintains effective internal and external working relationships at all levels.
  • Has regular and reliable attendance. Overtime may be required.

 License, Certificate or Other:

Requires possession of a valid driver’s license and an acceptable driving record. Requires certification by the Oregon Health Authority as a Peer Support Specialist within six months of hire.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Position requires knowledge of mental health systems; mental health terminology; available medical and community resources; record-keeping practices; safety procedures and protocol in mental health treatment. Requires the ability to work independently and as a team member; exercise initiative, tact and good judgment in dealing with people from various backgrounds; respond professionally and responsibly in crisis, emergency or dangerous situations; maintain records with accuracy and confidentiality; understand and carry out detailed instructions of a technical and professional nature; develop and maintain trusting relationships with community partners and stake holders; speak professionally, assertively and appropriately within the scope of work in advocating for the needs of clients; comply with all statutes, policies and procedures; understand and carry out oral and written directions; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; and, establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Education and Experience:

High school diploma or equivalent AND one-year work experience working with others AND be:

  • a) a self-identified individual currently or formerly receiving addictions or mental health services OR
  • b) a self-identified individual in recovery from an addiction disorder who meets the abstinence requirements for recovering staff in alcohol or other drug treatment programs OR
  • c) a self-identified individual in recovery from problem gambling OR
  • d) a family member of an individual with a mental health condition.

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