Peer Specialist, Crisis Services

The Peer Specialist provides hope, mutual peer support, advocacy, purposeful sharing of lived experience, and education to individuals receiving services. Peer specialists also model and inform other CSO staff about recovery, taking on program-specific duties as applicable. Peer specialists take on varying duties which support clients but which minimize hierarchical or judgmental relationships. Peer duties typically include phone support, individual or group meetings to support individuals being served, care team participation and outreach to individuals served. Peer specialists can provide services within the CSO Crisis program, the CSO Outpatient program, and/or in hospital emergency departments served by CSO.  Applicants are expected to have or obtain peer specialist certification through Mass DMH after hire. 

Qualifications: 

Lived experience as someone served by the mental health/behavioral health service system and a willingness to share knowledge and experience of recovery. High school diploma and minimum of one year of sustained recovery required. Must have or be willing to complete the Massachusetts Certified Peer Specialist.  Must relate well to a range of individuals, and promote a philosophy of recovery. Will possess strong interpersonal skills, including patience and a nonjudgmental approach.  Will be able to document activities in a manner that meets agency requirements. Computer proficiency required including ability to work with email, electronic health record and word processing software. MA driver's license and reliable transportation required. 


Benefits:

We provide our employees with competitive salaries and a generous benefits package, including full coverage health and dental insurance and ample paid time off (vacation, personal, sick, and holidays). Additionally, we offer a retirement savings plan and an employee referral bonus program. CSO provides their staff with regular in-house training and professional development opportunities with free CEUs. Our voluntary supplemental insurances include short and long-term disability, cancer, accident and life. We also offer a premier employee assistance program (EAP) and personal cell phone plan discounts.

Our Agency:

Clinical & Support Options, Inc. is a behavioral health organization serving individuals and families across Western Massachusetts. From its early days as a child guidance clinic, Clinical & Support Options has expanded into a full service behavioral health agency, committed internally to excellence while we collaborate externally with community partners to participate in a comprehensive system of assistance and resources for the residents of our communities. We employ over 650 multi-disciplinary staff, helping thousands of families during the past 50 years. We have community based office locations throughout Western Massachusetts, including Springfield, Northampton, Greenfield, Orange, Athol, Gardner and Pittsfield.

Our core competencies lend themselves to the development of a "one-stop" model of comprehensive, holistic services to individuals and families with multiple and complex issues.

Our expertise, in a nutshell, is to support people in their progress towards self-sufficiency, no matter what challenges they face on that journey.