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Peer Support/Recovery Coach Specialist
at Gandara Mental Health Center
Springfield, MA

Peer Support/Recovery Coach Specialist
at Gandara Mental Health Center
Springfield, MA

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Peer Support/Recovery Coach Specialist

Title of Position: Peer Support/Recovery Coach Specialist

Duties and Responsibilities:

The Peer Support/ Recovery Coach Specialist will:

1) provide health skill-building and supports. Specific interventions may include supporting the participant in being able to have conversations with various providers to access health support and treatment and assisting them in gaining confidence in asserting personal health concerns and questions, while also assisting the participant in building and maintaining self-management skills. Health should be discussed as a process instead of a destination.

2) Participate in workshops, conferences and training to keep current with emerging evidenced based recovery oriented practices.

3) Build personal relationships and support by connecting through lived experience

4) Assist, encourage and empower participants by developing coping strategies, improving access to self-help/mutual support services, and linking to community-based opportunities for constructive social engagement.

5) Facilitate access and attendance in mutual support and self-help groups. mental health, substance abuse, vocational rehabilitation, medical and other services pertinent to rehabilitation and recovery.

6) Assist Case Manager in initial outreach, marketing and provision services

Qualification for Position: High school diploma or equivalent. Previous participation in Mental Health or Substance Abuse service systems as recipient of service and a willingness to convey this experience. Must be certified or be eligible for the Massachusetts Peer Specialist training, Peer Recovery Coach or equivalent and be certified within 6 months of being hired. 1 year of experience in related field desirable.

Supervisory Relationships: The PSS works under the direction of the Project Director but is expected to handle routine duties independently and is expected to establish common priorities for his/her assignments.

Skills, Knowledge and Prior Experience Required:

The PSS should have some common history that helps assist program participants in their recovery. These commonalities can include a range of factors, including being a current or former consumer of mental health/substance use services; or be a current/former caregiver to someone who has; be in active recovery from substance use; or personal experience living with and/or caring for someone managing HH. Functions as a role model to peers; exhibits competency in personal recovery and use of coping skills. Performs a wide range of tasks to help clients regain independence within the community and mastery over their own recovery process. Individuals with strong community relationships in the region and previous experience working in Massachusetts community based mental health and substance abuse treatment facilities are strongly desired.

Amount of Travel and any other special conditions or requirements: Work will be performed in a wide range of settings, including the medical center; in client, group or family homes; in community-based outpatient settings, community agencies; or in transport vehicles (public or government). Work areas are often noisy, irregular and unpredictable and can be stressful at times. Clients demonstrate varying levels of recovery and symptoms.


  • Retirement Plan 403(b)
  • Health, Dental, Vision, and Life Insurance
  • Paid vacations
  • 11 paid holidays
  • 8 discretionary days a year
  • Discounts offered to your T-Mobile, Verizon and/or Sprint plans

The Gandara Mental Health Center provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Gándara Center provides residential, mental health, substance abuse and preventive services for children, adults and families across the Pioneer Valley and eastern parts of Massachusetts. Founded in the Hispanic community, we value cultural diversity and strive to provide culturally competent, innovative services to a diverse community

Springfield, Massachusetts, United States


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