Certified Peer Support Specialist

Job Description

The Certified Peer Recovery Supporter (PRS) provides services to individuals with mental health/substance use disorders. Under direct supervision, the Peer Recovery Supporter will function as a role model to peers pursuing recovery; exhibiting competency in personal recovery and use of coping skills; serve as an advocate, provide information about peer support in outpatient and inpatient settings. The Certified Peer Recovery Supporter performs a wide range of tasks to assist peers in regaining independence within the community and ownership over their own recovery process.



Engages in population appropriate communication. Has knowledge of growth and development milestones and tasks. Gives clear instructions to patients/family regarding treatment. Involves family/guardian in the assessment, initial treatment and continuing care of the patient. Identifies any physical limitations of the patient and deploys intervention when necessary. Recognizes and responds appropriately to patients/families with behavioral health problems. Interprets population related data and plans care appropriately. Identifies and responds appropriately to different needs resulting from, unique psychological needs or those associated with religious / cultural norms. Performs treatments, administers medication or operates equipment safely. Recognizes and responds to signs/symptoms of abuse or neglect.

Case Management:
  • Actively identify and support collaboration within the health system(s) of healthcare as well as community resources (communities of recovery, educational, vocational, social, cultural, spiritual resources, mutual self- help groups, professional services, etc.)
  • Actively engages supportive social networks available to individuals. Collaborate with multi-disciplinary teams across the health system(s) and in the community

Resource Development/Linkage:
  • Link individuals to appropriate treatment and other professional resources Identify access barriers community resources and developing strategies to overcome those barriers

  • Maintain timely reports and documentation

Other Duties as assigned:
  • Adhere to the tasks and responsibilities specific to the department, service, and/or clinic.
  • Provide hope and encouragement to patients at varying levels of involvement in community-based activities (e.g., work, school, relationships, physical activity, self-directed hobbies, etc.)
  • Provide recovery education to individuals for every phase of the recovery journey from pre-recovery engagement, recovery initiation, recovery stabilization, and sustained recovery maintenance
  • Provide a model for people in recovery by demonstrating that recovery is possible
  • Assist individuals to develop their own plan for recovery by identifying their personal interests, goals, and strengths regarding recovery
  • Maintain contact by phone and/or e-mail with recovering person(s) before, during and after they leave the program to insure their ongoing success; provide re-engagement support in partnership with others in the program(s) if needed


  • The Co-Op is a current student in a University Sponsored program pursing a degree. Typically the co-op student has completed 1.5 years of College training before assuming a co-op work assignment
  • Preferred: 0 - 6 Months equivalent experience