Certified Peer Support Specialist - Grand Rapids

Job Type: 
Full-Time; M-F; 8-5
ACT - Grand Rapids

Provide effective recovery-oriented direct services to ACT/IDDT participants that help them to meet their personal goals and maintain safety in the community.

Coordinate service activities with the ACT/IDDT Team.


Support participants’ adherence to medication regimes through direct contacts including delivering, monitoring, and documenting effectiveness.

Assist individuals to ensure basic needs are met including budgeting, grocery shopping, laundry, and transportation to medical or other needed appointments.  

Provide skills training on daily living tasks.

Provide one-to-one recovery coaching tailored to the specific recovery targets and individuals’ stage of change using careful self-disclosure; offering hope, empathy, reflective statements, and teaching personal responsibility.

Support participation by people served in community-based harm reduction or abstinence groups and other peer recovery efforts.  Transport and attend with individuals as needed to support their attendance.

Provide advocacy and other peer supports that help participants address stigma and build successful recovery-based socialization opportunities.

Communicate in a manner that demonstrates respect for persons served and others and assures their right to privacy and confidentiality.


Minimum Requirements:  Two years of college preferred and/or experience working with the target population.  Lived experience as a recipient of mental health and/or substance abuse services who has achieved a level of recovery consistent with performance of the job duties.  Good communication, motivation, and negotiation skills; organizational ability; and problem-solving skills needed.  Ability to follow instructions—written and verbal. Completion of Peer Support Specialist certification preferred.  Valid Michigan driver’s license and a vehicle to transport.  Ability to perform work in community settings which may not be barrier-free.  Knowledgeable about and supportive of culturally-competent, recovery and trauma informed practices. 

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