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Peer Support Specialist




At Centerstone, our mission is delivering care that changes people’s lives. For over 60 years, Centerstone has been providing community-based behavioral health care, substance-abuse treatment and intellectual and developmental disabilities services. Job Description: Under routine supervision, assists in implementing assigned client’s treatment/recovery plan through provision of adjunctive case management services, education, and peer support services. ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: Serves as an active member of the client’s treatment team, including participation in team meetings and treatment planning meetings. Assists clients in development of recovery plan, including psychiatric advance directives and crisis plan. Provides psycho-education with focus on illness management and peer support. Implements and coordinates recovery plans for individual clients in assigned population group, including evaluation, consultation, and education, and follow-up services. Serves as role model for clients by sharing own recovery process and teaching effective coping techniques and self-help strategies. Provides case management, resourcing, service collaboration for individual clients as extension of case management services. Maintains accurate, thorough records on all assigned cases and uses documentation to assist clients in evaluating progress. Provides advocacy services on behalf of clients. Informs supervisor, and other members of treatment team as indicated, of issues/concerns related to individual clients. Participates in required trainings to maintain certification. Normal work tasks may involve exposure to blood, bodily fluids, or tissue. Communicates effective “elevator speech” regarding role and benefits of a Peer Support Specialist to use with providers and clients.
Shares their lived experience and recovery story skillfully and appropriately.
Provides structured and scheduled, non-clinical but therapeutic activities that promote socialization, recovery, self-advocacy, preservation, and enhancement of community living skills.
Documents the service to align with clients’ individualized, comprehensive Treatment Plan, with intervention specifically addressing client’s progress towards a chosen and relevant Treatment Plan objective.
Uses evidence-based protocols such as WRAP and WHAM to assist clients in developing and progressing towards holistic health objectives.
Demonstrates effective application of ethics and boundaries rules specific to the complexity of the Peer Support’s role.
Understanding of normal growth and development, culture/ethnicity considerations, and mental health, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and/or substance use disorder diagnoses relevant to age groups/populations served.
Manages client caseload, client services, and activities to maximize direct care client time and reach expected productivity targets.Within the bounds of their respective job descriptions, all staff are expected to exercise principle-centered leadership, focused on customer service responsiveness, with a continuous quality improvement orientation. Additionally, all staff are expected to develop a working knowledge of and follow all policies and procedures related to safety management and other Joint Commission standards.The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities performed by incumbents of this job. Incumbents may be requested to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.


Performance Indicators: Accountability - Holds self-accountable to meet assigned goals in a timely manner; self-determination and self-direction; exceeds expectations. Customer Service - Effective in supporting and handling internal and external customers’ needs.
Cultural Competence - Respects cultural, ethnic, religious, gender, sexual orientation and disability differences; understands impact of own differences on others. Ethical Principles - Demonstrates ethical behavior in all aspects of work. Quality Improvement -
Effectively express and implement new work solutions; accepts change that takes organization in positive direction. Consultation/Supervision - Incorporates consultation/supervision in day-to-day responsibilities; coaches peers, leaders, and/or subordinates. Professional Demeanor - Good interpersonal skills; responsive to internal and external customer needs. Information Technology - Applies technology skills and knowledge to fulfill job responsibilities; ensures confidentiality, security, and integrity of all data. Interpersonal Communication - Appropriately impart verbal and written communications that are concise, clear, informative; conduct timely follow ups. Job Knowledge - Possess and demonstrates both specific and general knowledge and skills needed to perform job. Teamwork - Effective team member; deals tactfully and sensitively with teammates’ feelings and ideas. Procedural Compliance - Adheres to organizational policies, procedures, rules, and regulations. Regulatory Compliance - Has knowledge of and adheres to regulations applicable to job (e.g., Joint Commission, AODE, Health & Safety, etc.) and professional licensure regulations that govern profession. Trauma Informed Culture - Realizes overall prevalence of trauma: understands how trauma affects/can affect staff and persons served; practices trauma informed behavior and communication; engages in healing, hopeful, and honest relationships; completes TIC trainings.

Centerstone Research Institute and Center for Clinical Excellence teach provide staff with industry best practices and processes


Eighteen years of age or older. Completion of state-certified peer support specialist training. Peer Support Specialist Certification. Over six and up to twelve months of experience. Good interpersonal skills and written and oral communication skills. Knowledge of CKY programs and services, policy, and procedure. Knowledge of applicable population group and principles/philosophy of recovery. PHYSICAL DEMANDS/REQUIREMENTS: Position requires lifting of 20 pounds maximum, with frequent lifting and/or carrying of items weighing up to ten pounds.



Work Schedule

Set Hours — May involve 24-hour on-call responsibilities.


$22,005 - $27,512 annually


Medical, Dental, and Vision coverage. Flexible Spending Account. Health Savings Account. Short Term Disability. Long Term Disability - Company Paid. Wellness Programs - Company Paid. Financial Wellbeing. Competitive Compensation Packages. Life Insurance - Company Paid. Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance - Company Paid. 403b Retirement Plan with Company Funded Matching. Retirement and Financial Planning Services. Employee Discounts including Dell Computers, Verizon Wireless, Liberty Mutual, Costco, and Enterprise Rent-a-Car. Loan Forgiveness options through federal programs (National Health Service Corps & Public Service Loan Forgiveness). You have rights under the Family and Medical Leave Act. Career Development and Growth
At Centerstone training is one of our highest priorities. We provide company paid professional training for various skills, certifications, and continuing education. Tuition Reimbursement (subject to budget and region/state policy). Opportunities for growth and movement - We encourage our employees to consider new growth opportunities with us and have a 5 state footprint for those looking to relocate geographically. Leadership Academy for our rising stars, supervisors, and leaders. Flexible Work Schedules tp promote Work Life Balance. Paid Time Off - Generous PTO for Vacations, Illness, Personal Days, Etc. (Paid Holidays). Employee Assistance Program - assists employees with personal problems and/or work-related problems that may impact their job performance, health, mental and emotional well-being.

Required Education

High School Diploma

Work Location

Louisville — 4710 Champion Trace, Louisville, KY

Application Process

Go to https://centerstone.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/CenterstoneCareers/job/Louisville-Kentucky/Peer-Support-Specialist_JR-002232. Centerstone is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, or protected veteran status.

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