Peer Support Specialist Level I

Job Title: Peer Support Specialist Level I

Job Classification: Non-Exempt 

Supervisor: Program Supervisor CSP

Benefits: Including but not limited to: Medical, Dental, Life, 401k, PTO

Job Summary:

The Peer Support Specialist role utilizes personal experiences to collaborate with, coach and challenge clients to view their life situations as an opportunity for growth and change within each individual’s recovery. The incumbent provides highly individualized services in the community, promoting individual self-determination and decision-making to individuals with Mental Health or Substance Abuse issues. 


  • Provide individual and/or group peer support for the people we serve 
  • Complete documentation for peer support program per RMHC procedures 
  • Assist the people we serve in making progress on treatment plan goals
  • Coordinate and refer clients to services as needed to achieve and maintain their optimal level of functioning 
  • Act as an advocate for the people we serve
  • Assist the people we serve in obtaining and maintaining their benefits  
  • Provide crisis assistance as needed 
  • Support, assist, enable the people we serve to develop and enhance stability, competencies, personal/emotional adjustments and independent living and community skills
  • Attend and actively participate in weekly peer support meeting
  • Attend and participate in multidisciplinary employee meetings, minimum of one time per month or as required
  • Provide program transportation as needed
  • Complete continuing education training of at least 30 hours every two years in areas of mental health recovery, mental health rehabilitative services and peer support.
  • Follow all Federal guidelines in accordance with the Department of Labor’s statutes and laws and any other regulatory agencies.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Skills/Abilities: 

  • Reliable transportation to and from work
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Good observation, rapid assessment, and crisis management skills
  • Non-judgmental attitude toward persons with disabilities/cultural differences
  • Ability to be flexible and to work as a team member
  • Good understanding of local and state mental health system

Education, Experience and Qualifications:

  • Minnesota driver’s license required
  • Must be at least 21 years old
  • Have a High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Have or have had a primary diagnosis of mental illness
  • Be willing to share their experience with recovery
  • Successfully completed the Department approved Certified Peer Specialist training and certification exam
  • Be felony free for at least one year, have no active order for protections, and pass the required background check
  • One year freedom of chemical usage problems
  • Philosophical approach consistent with Range Mental Health Center’s mission

Physical Requirements: 

  • Ability to lift 25 pounds
  • Ability to deal with significant daily stress
  • Sufficient vision to utilize a computer monitor
  • Sufficient hearing to accurately record or respond to another party both in person, by phone, or in a group setting
  • Ability to climb stairs
  • Maintain an acceptable level of cleanliness and physical appearance