Peer Support Specialist

Cabarrus Health Alliance - Kannapolis, NC (30+ days ago)4.4

NCDHHS Grant Funding Period: July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019

**Serous candidates should complete the application at**

HOURS: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm; some evening and weekend work
DEPARTMENT: Public Health Solutions

The Certified Peer Support Specialist should be able to draw upon personal life experience in his/her work with clients and feel comfortable with the self-disclosure of some aspects of those experiences with mental health issues, substance abuse issues, and/or treatment and recovery, while maintaining appropriate boundaries. The Certified Peer Support Specialist is a fully integrated team member who provides highly individualized services in the community and promotes individual self-determination and decision-making. The Certified Peer Support Specialist also provides essential expertise and consultation to the entire team to promote a culture in which each individual’s point of view and preferences are recognized, understood, respected and integrated into treatment, rehabilitation, and community self-help activities.

Illustrative Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Develop, implement, and manage overdose response/follow-up program in coordination with partner agencies such as law enforcement, EMS, hospital emergency department, and treatment clinics.
  • Facilitate participation of Harm Reduction Advisory Board and implement recommendations to ensure client-centered program policies and procedures for the Syringe Exchange Program of Cabarrus County
  • Provide staffing support for the Syringe Exchange Program as needed, directly engaging clients.
  • Assist Harm Reduction Program Coordinator with outreach and expansion of the Syringe Exchange Program
  • Promotes wellness management strategies, which includes delivering therapeutic interventions (e.g., Wellness Recovery Action Planning or Illness Management and Recovery) and employment services.
  • Assisting clients by finding resources, advising the consumer of processes, and encouraging follow through with proposed resolutions, locating social activities, or provide other assistance as needed
  • Accompanying clients to meetings and participates in meetings of community groups to advocate for consumer needs, leading recovery dialogues/self-help sessions with clients
  • Modeling effective coping and self-help techniques to individuals or groups of consumers
  • Providing advice to clients on empowerment skills and successful community living
  • Develop education and marketing materials including social media and press information
  • Other duties as assigned

Education/Experience: Certified as a Peer Support Specialist or currently working towards certification as Peer Support Specialist by the governing agency required. High school or equivalent required. Must be comfortable discussing social, sexual, drug-related, and other harm reduction issues and experiences in a non-judgmental manner with both individuals and groups. CPR certification desirable. Valid NC driver’s license required.

Knowledge: Skills, and Abilities: Knowledge of harm reduction principles and syringe exchange laws preferred. Basic knowledge of personal safety standards, safety techniques and safety principals that guide home visits. Must be able to work flexible hours, including evenings, with the ability to work as a team member. Must maintain professional boundaries while working with sensitive issues and must be comfortable working with diverse group of people using a harm reduction framework. Must be comfortable with public speaking and group presentations. Should have excellent written and oral communication skills.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $15.61 to $24.36 /hour


  • substance abuse prevention and treatment: 1 year (Preferred)


  • High school or equivalent (Required)


  • Certified Peer Support Specialist (or currently pursuing) (Required)
  • valid driver's license (Required)
  • CPR certification (Preferred)