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Peer Specialist - Part Time -211 in Worcester, MA at Spectrum Health Systems

Date Posted: 2/1/2019

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    Worcester, MA
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Job Description

Since 1969, Spectrum Health Systems, Inc . has been a leader in the field of alcohol and drug abuse treatment. Our mission is to provide the highest quality of services to individuals seeking treatment for substance abuse and/or mental health issues. We assist our clients in achieving sobriety, sustaining recovery, and fulfilling personal goals in order that they may lead healthier, more productive lives.At Spectrum Health Systems, we take great pride in our organization and in our work. We believe that providing the highest quality service and ensuring that our actions and behaviors are always client-focused place our organization ahead of the rest.


The Peer Specialist will provide work with the Behavioral Health Community Partners (BHCP) team to support Enrollees participating in CP supports and activities. This position is Part-TIme (20 hours per week).


  • Utilize effective, dignified, empowering and creative engagement strategies to ensure Enrollees are at the center and lead in their BHCP services.
  • Model recovery principles and practices within the BHCP Team.
  • Provide support to outreach, engage and assist enrollees in identifying their recovery goals and developing recovery plans.
  • Provide linkages to recovery-oriented, peer support self-help supports and services and community-based mental health, substance use disorder, and family supports programs.
  • Provide assistance with navigating the healthcare system and provide support/assistance with transitions in care.
  • Provide support to individuals while they are in the hospital, detoxification programs, 24-hour levels of care and other levels of care, emergency departments, and out-of-home placements as well as self-help groups and 12-step programs.
  • Provide assistance with solving problems directly related to recovery, including finding sober housing, making friends, finding new uses of spare time, and improving one’s job skills.
  • Provide health and wellness coaching to Engaged Enrollees and assist them identifying and utilizing health and wellness supports in the community.
  • High School Diploma or GED required and training and certification appropriate to the role; recovery coach or certified peer specialist or family partner training is preferred.  If candidate does not have relevant training/certification at the time of hire, training will be arranged by BHPMW and will be required within 6 months of hire.
  • Must have lived experience with mental health, substance use conditions, or family supporting a family member with behavioral health challenges; and be in recovery, if applicable. Prefer current or former recipient of behavioral health services.
  • Ability to use an Electronic Health Record to document medically necessary clinical services.
  • Strong skills in the areas of communication, follow through, collaboration, and customer service.
  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency in contemporary Windows operating systems and Windows office suites with an emphasis on Word and Excel; ability to learn new systems; experience entering and working with data; and comfort and experience using mobile technologies.
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
  • Strongly prefer that a candidate will have a demonstrated understanding of and competence in serving culturally diverse populations
  • Ability to read and write English and communicate effectively in the primary language of the program to which he/she is assigned.
  • High energy level, flexibility, superior interpersonal skills, and ability to function in a multidisciplinary team atmosphere while also working independently
  • Must hold a valid driver’s license.  Must have access to a safe, operational and insured vehicle and be willing to use it to transport Enrollees
  • Ability to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.


Spectrum Health Systems is an equal opportunity at will employer and does not discriminate against any employee or
applicant for employment because of age, race, religion, color, disability,sex, sexual orientation or national origin. 

Other details
  • Job Family Case Worker
  • Job Function Direct Care I
  • Pay Type Hourly
  • Min Hiring Rate $15.00
  • Max Hiring Rate $17.50
  • Required Education High School