Pay range: $16-18 per hour DOE

FTE: 1 (40 hours per week)

Benefits: This is a benefited position as outlined in the MHAO Employee Handbook


DEPARTMENT: EVOLVE Peer Delivered Services

TO APPLY: Submit cover letter and resume to

The Peer Support Specialist (PSS)/Certified Recovery Mentor (CRM) offers housing retention and addiction and/ or co-occurring physical/mental health recovery peer support as a member of the JOIN Mobile Permanent Supportive Housing Team. The Mobile Permanent Supportive Housing Team will place and support up to 90 households in permanent supportive housing. Mobile Permanent Supportive Housing Team members are comprised of (but not limited to) staff from JOIN, CareOregon, Urban League of Portland, Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare, El Programa Hispano, Coalition of Community Health Clinics, and MHAAO.

The PSS/CRM will offer support to individuals as a peer who has similar life experiences and acts as a positive role model of living in recovery. The PSS/CRM provides holistic, person-centered, trauma-informed and strength-based support to individuals with addiction and/or co-occurring physical/mental health challenges who are working toward getting reestablished with home and community. The PSS/CRM will be trained in and utilize Assertive Engagement as an additional model for service delivery.


Education:  High school diploma or equivalent required. 

Background Check:  Criminal Background Check as performed by Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and ACCBO for the PSS/CRM certification process by the Background Check Unit (BCU) accepted. A criminal record does not necessarily exclude an individual from certification.

Experience:  Identifies as having lived experience of addiction and mental health challenges.  Understands the effect of trauma on health, coping, and other aspects of individual needs.  Understands the principles of recovery, consumer-involvement and trauma-informed care.


  • Possess an absolute belief in every peer’s ability to learn, grow and recover

  • Value peers’ right to make their own decisions

  • Value peers as the “experts” in their own lives

  • Possess insight pertaining to personal biases and worldview and how they may interfere with effectively working with individuals representing a variety of cultural, ethnic, language and life experiences.

Licensure/Certification:  Oregon Health Authority Peer Support Specialist certification required.  Applicants must be eligible to be certified by MHACBO as a Recovery Mentor. Certification as a Recovery Mentor (CRM) requires the applicant to have at least 2 years of addiction recovery. CRM certification is valued but may be applied for within 1 month of hire.

Valid Oregon Driver’s License and proof of automobile insurance required. Having reliable transportation preferred.


  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively within a team.

  • Ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.

  • Keyboard skills and ability to navigate electronic systems applicable to job functions.

  • Basic computer skills (MS Word, Email, using the Internet)


  • Collaborates with individuals to create Person Directed Plans.

  • Participates in ongoing JOIN Mobile Permanent Supportive Housing Team as needed and/or appropriate to service delivery and coordination.

  • Participates in regular peer support supervision sessions.

  • Attend staff meetings as applicable to gain knowledge and communicate program goals and the needs of the individuals being served.

  • Implements the regulations, policies, and procedures which pertain to peer-delivered services.

  • Meets with peers in the community and/or their homes to establish and maintain a positive and trusting relationship.

  • Following the direction of the individuals served, assist peers in exploring strategies that increase satisfaction with the eight dimensions of wellness.

  • Assists peers with identifying and engaging various community resources and supports.

  • Offers peers educational opportunities to explore new resources, information and alternatives to utilizing the emergency department for non-emergent needs.

  • Administers outcome measurement tools with individuals being served and participates in data collection.

  • Reflects positive peer values.

  • Documents recovery based support services in a program database in a manner that assures compliance with policies, program procedures and local, state, and federal regulations.  Maintains accurate and up-to-date documentation as required by program deliverables.

  • As appropriate, openly identifies as a person who has lived the experience of receiving mental health/addiction services and shares own recovery story with individuals being served.

  • Acts as a positive role model for individuals being served and exploring their own path to wellness and recovery.

  • Acts as an advocate for individuals being served when appropriate, both within the organization and also with other entities.

  • Respects and honors patient rights and responsibilities and demonstrates professional boundaries and ethics.  Adheres to mandatory abuse reporting laws and HIPAA requirements.

The above accountabilities represent work performed by this position and are not all-inclusive.  The omission of a specific accountability will not preclude it from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical extension of the position.

Employment with Mental Health and Addiction Association of Oregon is "at-will." This means employees are free to resign at any time, with or without cause, and Mental Health and Addiction Association of Oregon may terminate the employment relationship at any time, with or without cause or advance notice. As an at-will employee, it is not guaranteed, in any manner, that you will be employed with Mental Health and Addiction Association of Oregon for any set period of time.

Mental Health and Addiction Association of Oregon is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment opportunities at Mental Health and Addiction Association of Oregon are based upon one's qualifications and capabilities to perform the essential functions of a particular job. All employment opportunities are provided without regard to race, religion, sex, gender identity, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, national origin, age, Veteran status, disability, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.