LifeWorks NW
  • Beaverton, OR, USA
  • Hourly
  • Part Time
  • Peer Support

20 hours per week. Pro-rated benefits such as medical, dental and paid time off (PTO).

The Peer Support Specialist position will work at a LifeWorks NW's Certified Community Behavioral Healthcare Clinic (CCBHC). In 2017, LifeWorks NW was selected to represent Oregon in the federal demonstration project to implement CCBHCs to advance delivery of behavioral health care. LifeWorks NW's CCBHC sites provide comprehensive client care through a team-based approach with services that include mental health and substance use counseling, peer-delivered health and wellness services, primary care services and psychiatric rehabilitation. Staff that work at our CCBHC sites collaborate with others to care for individuals through daily interactions and support, counseling, skills training, care coordination, health promotion and education, medication management services and supportive services with preventive approach

PURPOSE: Provides additional support for clients needing assistance to stay in the community and not be hospitalized.

HOURS: This is a part-time position working 20 hours per week (day-time hours).

RATE OF PAY: $16.05 - 17.25 per hour / Benefits are for 20 hours or more per week. Pro-rated benefits such as medical, dental and paid time off (PTO).


  • Uses a Person-Centered approach to create and work on a Peer-Assisted Wellness Recovery Plan tailored to the specific needs of the individual receiving services. 
  • Uses his/her own experiences as guided by training and also models the principles of recovery for those they work with, including gaining greater independence, emphasize wellness and self-determination. 
  • Assists the persons they work with to identify and utilize natural community supports to decrease dependence on the traditional mental health system. 
  • Work with clients to develop wellness and recovery goals towards what the client wants for their lives.
  • Present a model of someone in recovery and share their own experiences as their training provided guidance. 
  • Work with clients on specific and obtainable goals included in the person's ISSP. 
  • Provides support to clients who are having symptoms that could result in hospitalization. Duties could include grocery shopping, meal preparation or just spending time with clients until they feel secure enough to be on their own
  • Assists clients in accessing community resources such as food boxes, healthcare appointments and other services as appropriate.
  • Assists clients in maintaining medication compliance. May deliver medications, makes reminder calls and home visits to ensure compliance.
  • Maintain confidentiality of records relating to clients' treatment. 
  • Meets standards for documentation and accuracy of work.
  • Meets standards for client care, quality/customer service, attendance/punctuality and teamwork. 
  • Continually increase level of cultural sensitivity, awareness and competency.
  • Participates in regular individual and team meetings with supervisor. Provides written and verbal reports to supervisor regarding cases. Attends informational and clinical meetings which may include all-agency meetings, team meetings, consultation meetings with psychiatrist, staffings, intra-agency trainings, etc. Attend and contribute positively to team meetings, agency and interdisciplinary meetings.
  • Educate and advocate for the values and principles of Peer Delivered Services and the Recovery Model.
  • Checks e-mail/voice mail daily/throughout the day when working responding to contacts within 48 hours for routine matter (urgent matters may require a more immediate response)  


  • Must meet the definition of a Peer as defined by the Oregon Administrative Rule 309-032-1505 shown below: a) A self-identified person currently or formerly receiving mental health services; OR b) A self-identified person in recovery from a substance abuse disorder, who meet the abstinence requirements for recovering staff in alcohol and other drug treatment programs; OR c) A family member of an individual who is a current or former recipient of addictions or mental health services
  • Holds a Peer Support Specialist certification from a State-approved training program.
  • Must be able to provide required letter from the Office of Equity and Inclusion (OEI). If interviewed, must be able to provide a copy of the letter.
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills and ability to provide culturally-competent treatment services to diverse client populations.
  • Familiar with developmental needs of adults.
  • Basic computer skills including keyboarding, use of mouse, ability to navigate website and use common web browser. 
  • Transporting clients in a personal vehicle may be required. If required, access to car, valid driver's license, proof of current automobile insurance coverage and ability to meet driving requirements are necessary. 

LifeWorks NW believes that diversity strengthens our workforce and empowers our community.
LifeWorks NW is an EEO/AA employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other status in accordance with law.

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