What do Peer Support Specialists do?
Peer Support Specialists or Peer Specialists are individuals with their own personal lived experience with mental illness or trauma. They work with people who are in recovery, providing living proof that recovery is possible by serving as a living example of hope for others living with mental illness. Peer Specialists have first-hand experience with mental illness and the challenges that come with it. Over time, they have acquired wellness tools and coping skills, and have identified many strategies that have moved them further along in their recovery. Some Peer Specialists have had the experience of being hospitalized themselves. Nonetheless, they have come to know the reality of wellness and recovery and can offer hope and understanding to people in crisis.
Using personal history and experience with behavioral health challenges, peer specialists guide, coach, and mentor adults who are working towards recovery. In their role, peer specialists provide flexible services which are customized to the needs of the individual assisting clients in setting and attaining short and long term goals. Peer support includes the following:
- Using their experience of recovery to help others succeed;
- Providing one-on-one or group support, supporting others with their recovery goals;
- Meeting with others in order to provide support and guidance;
- Encouraging people to participate in wellness and recovery activities.
Peer Support Specialists also model recovery-oriented behaviors, encourage patient engagement, and seek opportunities to coach social skills, foster optimism, and bolster hope.
What are the benefits of becoming a Peer Specialist?
Our Peer Specialists are passionate about helping others recover from mental illness and empowering them to regain/maintain their independence. Through face-to-face contact with people who are dealing with mental health illness, our peers rise to the challenge, helping others overcome the obstacles that have overwhelmed their lives. Our peer specialists make difference. They not only observe patients take steps towards recovery, restoring personal relationships, and rebuilding lives, they contribute to those successes. Recovery happens, and our peer specialists are there to help.
If you are selected, you will have the opportunity to work with a talented, passionate, and energetic workforce. Fully qualified candidates may expect competitive pay, commensurate with experience in addition to the typical benefits that you would find at other larger, for profit companies. Some of the benefits that you don't typically find at other companies that BHI offers its employees include:
- Paid Training
- Excellent health insurance starting at $1/month
- Good dental insurance starting at $1/month
- Employer paid short-term disability insurance
- Employer paid long-term disability insurance
- Employer paid long-term care insurance
- 401k Match - 100% up to 5% annual salary
- 20 days of PTO per year--That's four weeks!
- 9 paid holidays per year
- Extended illness bank
What are we seeking in an ideal candidate?
- Great interpersonal skills;
- A good listener;
- Be in recovery from a mental illness or trauma for one year or more;
- Be far enough along with their personal recovery to assist others with their recovery;
- Willingness about sharing your recovery experience with others;
- Passionate about assisting others in the recovery process while maintaining appropriate boundaries;
- Have strong wellness and coping skills.
- Have a car and be willing to travel up to 50% within the Denver Metro ago.
To review the full job description and apply online, please visit our website at BHIcares.org