Peer Specialist

Salary: hourly

City: Saint Louis

State: Missouri

Job Description:

Peer Specialist
The Peer Specialist is responsible for delivery of individual/group services which support recovery from mental illness, substance abuse and physical health needs through training, role modeling and sharing of personal experiences.

Job duties include but are not limited to:

Participate fully as a member of the treatment team
Assertively outreach and engage current clients including those with co-occurring issues into agency treatment services
Work with clients to identify and develop positive role models and support systems from all areas of life (work, church, family, 12 step support groups etc…)
Provides services and assist co-workers, as assigned, in developing and supervising activities that addresses the needs of clients as well as conducting regularly scheduled personal enrichment/health and wellness, social skills building, therapy, educational/vocational and recreational/ leisure time activity groups in the community.
Understands and utilizes the principles of psychosocial rehabilitation model to assist consumers in accessing resources and supports in the community such as the use of Network of Care, creating a Person Centered Plan or developing their own Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) by identifying strength and resources to aid in recovery.
Understands and utilizes stages of recovery concepts and what helps the client at each stage.
Complete assigned case records and report service activities accurately, comprehensively, and within required standards outlined per agency guidelines
Provide support beyond the normal 40 hours depending on the needs of the team, and caseload as appropriate and approved by supervisor
Complete required training hours as outlined by employee handbook, and maintain any licensure requirements if needed and provide timely documentation to HR Office
Formulate a professional development plan yearly in order to acquire skills needed to be successful in job
Perform other duties as assigned by the supervisor


Requirements: Job Qualifications and Requirements:
Former or present consumer of mental health services or a consumer of mental health and substance abuse services.
High School Diploma or equivalent.
Must have completed or will complete State of Missouri’s Department of Mental Health approved training program and standardized exam and maintain certification.
First Aid, and CPR, and Med Tech certifications.
Chauffer’s license, vehicle, and current insurance.

Physical Requirements:
Able to stand, bend, kneel, lift (20-30 lbs), navigate steps or use appropriate accommodations, drive and be able to sit for hours at a time.

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Tawana Chairs-Brown


Salary: $14,000-$15,000 Range

City: Jefferson City

State: Missouri

Job Description:

The Missouri Department of Mental Health (DMH) seeks to fill the position of Coordinator of the Real Voices, Real Choices (RVRC) Consumer and Family Conference. This position is part-time (20 hours weekly) and eligible for State of Missouri benefits. Visit for an overview of state benefits.
Applicants are required to be one of the following: a consumer of developmental disabilities services; an individual with experience living with a mental illness; an individual in recovery from substance use disorders; or a family member of one of the afore mentioned individuals. This position will be domiciled in Central Office in Jefferson City, be the primary point of contact for the conference, and report to the Office of Public and Legislative Affairs.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
• Provide leadership, oversight and vision for the conference by facilitating and managing meetings and discussions with the Conference Co-Chairs and the Conference Planning Committee;
• Maintain constant contact with the Co-Chairs, Planning Committee members, the Missouri Mental Health Foundation (MMHF) and DMH staff associated with the event in a timely and effective manner;
• Manage the workload of the Co-Chairs to ensure the planning is on schedule and executed;
• Ensure communications between the Planning Committee and Sub-Committees are active and productive;
• Lead the Planning Committee meetings and foster an environment that generates new and exciting ideas;
• Establish and maintain financial controls, making sure expenses stay within the designated budget;
• Design and implement event publicity and promotion of sponsorships and attendance;
• Prepare and/or ensure timely preparation of all conference related documents;
• Arrange logistics for various aspects of the event such as the keynote speaker, entertainment, meals, lodging, conference rooms, etc.;
• Negotiate with vendors for fair costs for conference items and services;
• Handle arrangements and manage time and travel for Co-Chairs to promote the Conference;
• Gather information for the event program;
• Provide timely responses to questions about the conference;
• Review invoices for accuracy before submitting them to MMHF;
• Update and coordinate the information for the DMH Consumer Conference webpages;
• Organize and manage on-site volunteers, committee representation and all aspects of the Conference;
• Represent MMHF and DMH on matters related to the event;
• Work with the MMHF contracted, previous Conference Coordinator for training and direction on all aspects of the conference;
• And other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
• Basic knowledge of Microsoft Office programs is required, ie Word, Excel and Outlook;
• Ability to be well-organized and successfully manage work priorities;
• Possess proficient and professional writing skills for communications;
• Ability to handle difficult interactions with consumers in a positive, calm and professional manner.

Requirements: Education:
High school diploma or equivalency

To apply: Upload resume, cover letter, and transcripts to by February 8, 2019.

Please direct additional questions to Shelby Albrecht, DMH Human Resources.

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Lori Franklin

Peer Rehabilitation Specialist

Salary: $9.99 to $14.00 dependent on experience

City: Kansas City

State: MO

Job Description:

The Peer Rehabilitation Specialist works as a member of a team that supports mental health recovery within the structure of a drop-in center serving adults with mental illness. The position is responsible for monitoring and managing consumer use of the drop-in center, promoting consumer self-advocacy, leading educational groups (e.g., independent living skills, psychoeducational classes, community integration, etc.), sharing personal lived experiences to the benefit of consumers, 1:1 educational or supportive consultations with consumers, connecting/referring consumers to needed resources, documentation of related services.

Requirements: Applicants should meet the following requirements; high school degree or equivalent, good written and verbal communication skills, must be a primary mental health consumer (diagnosed as having a mental illness) and willing to share the personal experiences of recovery, ability to manage crisis and conflict therapeutically and effectively, ability to work with people in a team setting, demonstrated ability to respectfully motivate other consumers to act on their own behalf and to participate in activities, ability to engage clients one-on-one and in small groups, ability to provide accurate/timely documentation.

To apply, navigate to and choose the “Behavioral Health Professionals” link.

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Mark VanMeter

Data Collector

Salary: $14.00 minumum

City: Hannibal

State: MO

Job Description:

Missouri Institute of Mental Health
University of Missouri – St. Louis
Part-Time Data Collector/Evaluation Assistant in Hannibal Area
The Missouri Institute of Mental Health is partnering with Preferred Family Healthcare on a study of process and outcomes of evidence-based assertive community treatment model in the northeast Missouri region. Key to this mission will be a part-time Data Collector who will travel within Pike, Marion, Monroe, Ralls, Lewis and Shelby Counties to conduct interviews with participants in the program. Currently we are looking to hire 2-3 Data Collectors to fill the 65% (up to 26 hours per week) position – i.e., job-sharing is an option.
• Develop excellent trust and rapport with study participants; obtain informed consent/assent
• Collect required follow-up data, primarily in participants’ homes – also at clinic locations or public places as mutually agreed upon
• Enter data from paper copies into online project databases
• Maintain strict confidentiality regarding all participant data, including data retrieved from treatment agency online via sharing agreement with evaluation team and information gained in person from interviews with participants
• Interact regularly with program and evaluation staff; attend phone, online, and in-person project meetings as requested
• Share information with the evaluation team, noting improvements, efficiencies, etc. to manager/supervisor and/or appropriate team member
• Assist with data preparation and analyses for reports and presentations as requested
• Possess a good understanding of the position and how own and related teams coordinate efforts and resources to achieve project objectives for optimal outcomes
Preferred Qualifications:
• Experience and comfort working with at-risk populations including individuals and families who suffer from mental/behavioral health challenges including trauma, substance misuse and/or SUD, etc.
• Master’s or Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Psychology, Child and Family Studies, or related human services area or relevant skills and experience or Certified Missouri Peer Specialist
• Excellent written and oral skills
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Access)
• Ability and willingness to work some evenings and some weekends, with flexible scheduling prioritizing the needs of participants involved in the study
• Competent, independent, mature, and reliable professional
Salary: $14/hour minimum (dependent on prior experience and expertise)
Send Application with Cover Letter by: January 18, 2018

Requirements: Bachelor's or Missouri Certified Peer Specialist

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Edward Riedel

Recovery Coach/ peer specialist

Salary: depends on experience

City: Independence

State: Missouri

Job Description:

In accordance with agency Mission, Vision, Values and Goals the Recovery Coach assists eligible individuals in gaining access to needed treatment and rehabilitation, as well other medical, social, and educational services and supports; arranges and coordinates identified needs of the individuals need for treatment and rehabilitation; coordinates and monitors service and support activities. The Recovery Coach functions as the secondary contact for the individuals served, as well as for other agencies, within the framework of a team model.



Requirements: Must have CPS credentials. Clean driving record is needed along with reliable transportation.


1. Education:
High School Diploma or equivalent

2. Experience:
Be a self-identified current or former user of mental health or co-occurring services who can relate to others who are now receiving those services. Awareness of the importance of recovery in living with mental illness or substance use issues. Past experience working directly with people in a service oriented field is beneficial.

3. Licenses, Certifications, or Registrations:
Be a Missouri Certified Peer Specialist
Must have CPS certification from Missouri Credentialing Board.

4. Special Skills:
Must possess solid interpersonal and communication skills, a positive and hopeful attitude, and the desire to support others in their own recovery. Must have a sound understanding of mental health and/or substance use issues.

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Kenneth Vick

SUD-MH Peer Specialist

Salary: –

City: Kansas City

State: Missouri

Job Description:

Position Summary

The primary responsibility of the SUD MH Peer Specialist is to provide wellness and recovery based education, coaching, and support to individuals to promote symptom management, life skills, and recovery goal achievement.

Primary Functions
1. Facilitate individual engagement in activities to promote wellness, recovery, and goal achievement.
2. Assist individuals to identify and communicate preferences for treatment, motivation for change, and plans for the future.
3. Share personal recovery experiences to further empower individuals and promote wellness and recovery.
4. Share and support the use of recovery tools and modeling successful recovery behaviors.
5. Provide assistance to individuals in accessing necessary SUD, mental or physical health care, including accompanying individuals to appointments to encourage active participation, self-advocacy, and empowerment to best meet needs for health and wellness.
6. Provide assistance to individuals in accessing a variety of public services including financial, housing, and helping to meet needs for food, shelter, and clothing.
7. Assist individuals in accessing and utilizing a variety of community agencies and resources to provide ongoing social, educational, vocational and recreational resources and activities.
8. Coach and support individuals to advance daily living skills, including housekeeping, cooking, personal grooming, accessing transportation, budgeting, paying bills and maintaining and independent residence.
9. Assist individuals to create personal support systems that may include engagement with family members, legal guardians or significant others regarding the needs and abilities of an identified person.
10. Provide support to families in areas such as treatment planning, dissemination of information, and linking to services.
11. Complete all documentation required to meet Swope Health Services standards and payer requirements.
12. Record all contacts with individuals, family, or community resources specifically related to interventions.
13. Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor


Requirements: Educational Requirements

High School Diploma or G.E.D required

Experience & Qualifications
1. Applicants must have experience with successful maintenance of a recovery lifestyle for no less than two years.
2. Applicants must have direct exposure and experience with medication assisted treatment, substance use disorders and behavioral health disorders.
3. Proficient knowledge of community based health and human service resources.
4. Must have a valid driver’s license and a working vehicle for daily use.
5. Strong oral and interpersonal communication skills required.

Certification & Licensure Requirements

Certified Peer Specialists must complete training, pass a certification examination and be credentialed by the Missouri Credentialing Board.

Physical Demands – General Activities

Occasionally 0-33% Frequently 45-65% Continuously 67-100%

Sitting x

Standing x

Walking x

Bending x

Reaching x

Driving x

Squatting x

5 – 30 lbs. 30 – 60 lbs. over 60 lbs.

Pushing x

Lifting x

Low Medium High

Manual Dexterity x

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Andrea Buford

Part-Time Media Support Specialist

Salary: Compensation: $10/hr for 20 hours/week.

City: St. Louis

State: Missouri

Job Description:

The St. Louis Empowerment Center (STLEC) is a recovery drop-in center for people who have
lived experience with behavioral health issues. The Empowerment Center serves to provide a
peer-based supportive community that builds hope and encourages healthy behaviors for
individuals searching for recovery or maintaining recovery.
A program of the St. Louis Empowerment Center, the Recovery Community Center (RCC)
provides peer-based recovery support services to individuals with substance use disorders
(SUD). We seek to specifically serve individuals who have lived experience with opioid use
disorders (OUDs).
 The Media Specialist will be responsible for managing the Empowerment Center’s social
media and marketing efforts. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the
o Improve and maintain the organization’s website
o Develop and maintain a social media presence (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, YouTube,
o Content creation/image and video editing
o Respond to queries by individuals contacting the organization through social
o In collaboration with the RCC Program Director, oversee outreach and marketing
o Coordinate with local news outlets (print, digital, radio, etc.) to distribute PSAs
and related marketing materials

Requirements:  Qualifications:
o Lived experience with behavioral health issues (SUD/OUD or co-occurring
o High school diploma or equivalent
o Demonstrable social media experience (e.g., portfolio, website, etc.)
o SEO experience preferred

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Sarah Earll

Part-Time Peer Employment Specialist

Salary: $10/hr for 20 hours/week.

City: St. Louis

State: Missouri

Job Description:

A program of the St. Louis Empowerment Center, the Recovery Community Center (RCC) provides peer-based recovery support services to individuals with substance use disorders (SUD). We seek to specifically serve individuals who have lived experience with opioid use disorders (OUDs).

• The Peer Employment Specialist will be a support for participants to attain their employment goals. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

o Assisting peers with email accounts
o Assisting peers with resume writing
o Assisting peers with internet job searches
o Assisting peers with felony backgrounds
o Assisting peers with interview skills
o Cultivate connections with potential employers
o Facilitate employment-related group meetings

Requirements: The St. Louis Empowerment Center (STLEC) is a recovery drop-in center for people who have lived experience with behavioral health issues. The Empowerment Center serves to provide a peer-based supportive community that builds hope and encourages healthy behaviors for individuals searching for recovery or maintaining recovery.

A program of the St. Louis Empowerment Center, the Recovery Community Center (RCC) provides peer-based recovery support services to individuals with substance use disorders (SUD). We seek to specifically serve individuals who have lived experience with opioid use disorders (OUDs).

• Qualifications:

o Certified Peer Specialist (SUD/OUD or co-occurring/lived experience preferred)
o Experience delivering employment related services
o High School Diploma or equivalent
o Familiarity with a strengths-based perspective
o Familiarity with the recovery model

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Sarah Earll