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Mental Health Court Peer Support Specialist

Job Site: Hilltop Clinic, Oregon City, OR

Work Hours: 1.0 FTE or 40 hours/week

Position Summary: This position works collaboratively with Clackamas County Behavioral Health’s Mental Health Court Team at the Hilltop Clinic using a trauma-informed, holistic recovery model to support individuals who are involved with mental health court and experience significant mental health struggles. The Peer Support Specialist provides opportunities for individuals receiving services to direct their own recovery journey; supports the recognition and use of individual strengths necessary to self-empowerment and recovery; supports the development of a sense of wellness, self-compassion and self-worth; promotes the development of natural support systems outside the clinic setting. The Peer Support Specialist creates relationships of hope and co-learning with both individuals receiving services and service providers by drawing on their own lived experience with mental health struggles, involvement in the justice system and their professional training.

Primary Duties:

  • Inspire hope for persons in recovery through sharing life experiences as appropriate to the recovery process.
  • Support individuals in recognizing their own unique strengths, abilities and assets in regards to their recovery process.
  • Support individuals in recognizing triggers and using their own unique ways to manage distress as an alternative to seeking structured services.
  • Co-facilitate weekly groups with peers to create a culture of peer support, recovery and accountability.
  • Work collaboratively and successfully with staff within the mental health services model while promoting peer support.
  • Actively participate in team meetings and in all discussions with staff to promote recovery from a peer perspective.
  • Support peers as they engage in support programs, life-enriching activities in the community and in building a natural support network outside the clinic setting.
  • Provide support navigating clinic services and the mental health court program.


  • Must possess a personal understanding of the criminal justice system.
  • Must be comfortable working with individuals actively experiencing symptoms of mental health distress.
  • Must meet the Oregon Administrative Rules definition of a peer: “any individual who has similar life experience, either as a current or former recipient of addictions or mental health services, or as a family member of an individual who is a current or former recipient of addictions or mental health services.”
  • Be able to develop trusting relationships with both peers and clinic staff.
  • Must have an understanding of the unique needs and struggles of individuals simultaneously experiencing mental and physical health distress.
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills.
  • Competent with computers for daily record charting, appointment scheduling, emailing, and internet use or able to learn these things.
  • Ability to complete all required documentation on time.
  • Must be able to endorse a trauma informed care and harm reduction models of support.


  • Experience working with individuals who have both mental health struggles and involvement in the justice system
  • Complete a 40-hour Oregon approved peer support training
  • 1+ year experience as a peer support specialist or 1+ year experience working/volunteering in a helping profession
  • Must be able to pass a criminal background check and drug screening
  • Must not have received behavioral health services through Clackamas County Behavioral Health Care Centers or involved with mental health court within last twelve (12) months.
  • Must report to work on time.
  • Must drive, have a car and be capable of traveling on public transit when required
  • Ability to utilize personal vehicle for transporting clients/peers. FolkTime will reimburse for mileage at .535 cents/mile

Preferred but not required:

  • Completion of Intentional Peer Support Training
  • S. Military veteran

Salary and Benefits: Salary starts at $16.00 per hour with prorated Paid Time Off (PTO) and benefits. Benefits package includes health, vision and dental insurance.

Application Process: Please submit a cover letter and resume by email to Beri Swango, Executive Assistant at

In your cover letter, please address the following:

“Please explain how you would draw on your own experiences both personal and professional in order to support others who are experiencing mental health distress.”


Agency Description:  Founded in 1986, Folk-Time, Inc. is a non-profit community service for adults with experience as consumers in a behavioral health care system. FolkTime is a peer-to-peer program that serves people from any mental health provider system. The agency focus is on wellness and recovery.  FolkTime is an equal opportunity employer.