Pay Range:  $16-$18/hour

FTE:  1.0 FTE (40 hours per week)

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



DEPARTMENT:  EVOLVE Peer delivered Services - Tri-County 911


The Peer Support Specialist (PSS)/Peer Wellness Specialist (PWS) offers physical/mental health recovery peer support as well as possible addiction recovery support as a member of the Tri-County 911 services coordination team. The Tri-County 911 peer support specialist will assist the Tri-County 911 services coordination team in supporting individuals whom frequently access 911 emergency services in Multnomah, Clackamas, and Washington counties when other health and social services may be more appropriate to meet their needs. The PSS/PWS/CRM will work with up to 20 clients annually. 

The PSS/PWS/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/PWS/CRM provides holistic, person-centered, trauma-informed and strength-based support to individuals with addiction and/or co-occurring physical/mental health challenges and are working toward getting reestablished with community, improving emotional health, and building life and self-management skills, as well as linkages to additional services.


Education:  High school diploma or equivalent required.

Valid Oregon Driver’s License and proof of automobile insurance required. Have reliable transportation preferred, as job requires driving within three counties.

Background Check:  Criminal Background Check as performed by Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and ACCBO for the PSS/PWS/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 or Peer Wellness certification required.   ACCBO Recovery Mentor certification is valued but may be applied for within 1 month of hire. If the applicant identifies as being in recovery from addiction, the position requires at least 2 years of uninterrupted addiction recovery experience.


  • 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.


  • Collaborates with individuals to create Person Directed Plans.
  • Participates in ongoing TC-911 meetings as needed and/or appropriate to promote 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 service.
  • 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 supports 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 Association of Oregon is "at-will." This means employees are free to resign at any time, with or without cause, and Mental Health 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 Association of Oregon for any set period of time.

Mental Health Association of Oregon is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment opportunities at Mental Health 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, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, national origin, age, Veteran status, disability, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.