Certified Peer Specialist /WTRS

Model recovery by using lived experience as a tool for service intervention. This residential treatment and recovery program for women with substance use disorders offers hope, love, and assistance for women in recovery by removing substance use as a barrier to employment and living in the community. Services support women in achieving abstinence, maintaining recovery, avoiding illegal activity and meeting parenting responsibilities. The program also provides supports to help women obtain employment and transition into safe and stable housing. Children 13 or younger are allowed to stay with their mothers while they are in the residential treatment program.

The Women's Treatment & Recovery Services (WTRS) Peer Specialist provides program participants with peer support services in individual and group settings, serves as liaison between program and referred individuals to ensure appropriate access to services, and promotes a culture of recovery within the organization. 

Position within a Women's Treatment Residential Program

  • Provides peer support services in individual and group settings, as outlined in DBHDD Provider Manual. Documents in accordance with agency guidelines to monitor individuals’ progress toward their individualized recovery plans. 
  • Serves as liaison between program and referred individuals to promote appropriate access to services and increase retention, in accordance with program capacity requirements. 
  • Assists with coordinating entry to program, including initial screening processes, weekly phone contacts, and orienting individuals to program upon admission. 
  • Facilitates group training sessions including but not limited to peer support, psycho-education, didactic, and skills groups. Completes daily documentation of group sessions in EMR system, using BIRP format, in accordance with agency same day documentation policy. 
  • Assists in providing interim services by phone to individuals identified as priority status when residential placement is not available. 
  • Provides structured activities that promote socialization, recovery, wellness, self-advocacy, development of natural supports, and maintenance of community living skills. 
  • Attends and participates in case staffing and treatment team meetings as directed by direct supervisor. 
  • Collaborates with a multi-disciplinary team in reviewing cases and developing individualized recovery plans, including referrals to case management, advocacy groups, skills training groups, social rehabilitation and treatment providers. 
  • Provides consultation to referral sources, community stakeholders, and members of individuals’ support system to help support individuals in their recovery process. 
  • Works cooperatively with the legal system to ensure coordination of services including court appearances when appropriate. 
  • Intervenes and manages acute crisis situations as needed. 
  • Completes in person and online training to encourage professional development and meet agency, accreditation and regulatory standards, as scheduled. 
  • Other responsibilities and tasks as assigned.

Ascend partners with Highland Rivers Health, Georgia’s largest Community Service Board (CSB). Being part of our team and working in a CSB means you’re helping individuals and families otherwise unable to access treatment from private providers to address healthcare challenges associated with mental illness, intellectual/developmental disabilities, and addictive diseases. You’ll be working with purpose to make a difference in the lives of people who need you most. Each of our jobs in healthcare will work in a Highland Rivers Health facility. 

Ascend Community Staffing Partners, LLC does not discriminate with regard to employment, compensation, place of work, or promotion because of race, color, religion, disability, gender, sexual orientation, genetic information, age or national origin.

English-Spanish bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply. Individuals with disabilities, including disabled veterans and veterans with service-connected disabilities, are encouraged to apply.


Residential women's facility requires female staff

Education – High School Diploma/GED

Licensure/Certification – Eligibility to be certified as - CPS, CPS-AD, CARES, WHAM

Experience – Must self-identify as a person in recovery from a mental health or substance use disorder diagnosis and be a current or eligible peer specialist.

Preferred Qualifications:

Licensure/Certification – Active certification as a CPS, CPS-AD, CARES, WHAM in the state of Georgia

Experience – At least one (1) – year of human services, social work, and/or clinical experience with addictive diseases population. Self-identifies as a person in recovery from a mental health or substance use disorder diagnosis.

Must be able to pass a criminal background investigation

Pre-Employment and random drug screening

Acceptable motor vehicle report