Employment

Founded in 1986, Folk-Time, Inc. connects people with the shared experience of living with mental health and substance abuse challenges through peer support and community based activities. The agency focuses on wellness and recovery.

Job Title: Mobile Crisis Response Team (MCRT) Peer Support Specialist

JOB SITE: Clackamas Mental Health Center (CMHC)

REPORTS TO: Clackamas Program Manager

WORK HOURS:  1.0 FTE or 40 hours/week, work days Tuesday through Saturday

PROGRAM: Clinical Programs

POSITION SUMMARY: This position will work mainly with the Mobile Crisis Response Team (MCRT) and will be expected to be available for multiple outreaches in the community. This position works collaboratively with Clackamas County Behavioral Health’s Crisis Teams at CMHC using a trauma-informed, holistic recovery model to support individuals with whom may be experiencing crisis or distress. The MCRT 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 MCRT 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 issues and their professional training.

MAJOR DUTIES:
  • Act as a role model to persons in recovery to inspire hope and share life experiences as appropriate to the recovery process.
  • Identify recovering person’s abilities, strengths and assets and assist them to recognize and use them.
  • Identify barriers to full participation and focus on strategies to overcome them.
  • Assist individuals in learning to recognize early triggers and signs of relapse and use their individual coping strategies as an alternative to more structured services.
  • Co-facilitate meetings with teams of people in recovery to create a peer support and accountability culture.
  • Work successfully and collaboratively with professional staff while promoting the value added work of peer mentoring and client self-determination in the mental health services model. Actively participate in team meetings and promote a recovery perspective as a key component of all discussions.
  • Support individuals transitioning through the criminal justice system or who are at risk of becoming involved with the criminal justice system
  • Address gender specific trauma and/or life stressors that are impacting individuals in their recovery
  • Encourage people to engage in community support programs, 12-step programs, and the life enrichment activities
  • Complete all required documentation in a timely manner.
QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Must be comfortable working with individuals actively experiencing symptoms of mental 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.
REQUIREMENTS:
  • 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 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 56 cents/mile
PREFERRED BUT NOT REQUIRED:
  • Experience working with adults with mental health challenges and addictions recovery.
  • Completion of Intentional Peer Support Training.
  • U.S. Military veteran.
  • Bachelors or advanced degree.
SALARY AND BENEFITS:  Salary starts at $ 17.50 per hour. This position is eligible for Medical, Vision, and Dental benefits as well as generous paid time off (PTO).

To APPLY: Please submit a cover letter and resume by email to Shannon Farr: sfarr@folktime.org. 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.”

Job Title: Hilltop Clinic Peer Support Specialist

JOB SITE: Hilltop Behavioral Health Center

REPORTS TO: Stewart/Hilltop Supervisor

WORK HOURS: .8FTE or 32 hours/week

PROGRAM: Clinical Programs

POSITION SUMMARY: This position works collaboratively with Clackamas County Behavioral Health’s Adult Team at Hilltop using a trauma-informed, holistic recovery model to support individuals with significant mental health challenges. The Peer Support Specialist at Hilltop 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 at Hilltop 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 issues and their professional training.

MAJOR 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, then using them to foster recovery.
  • Support individuals in recognizing triggers and using their own unique ways to manage distress as an alternative to seeking structured services.
  • 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.
  • Encourage peers to engage in support programs and life-enrichment activities in the community to build a natural support network outside the clinic setting.
QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Must be comfortable working with individuals actively experiencing symptoms of mental distress and challenges with addiction(s).
  • 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.
REQUIREMENTS:
  • Complete a 40-hour Oregon approved peer support training
  • Experience receiving support for mental health and addition challenges
  • 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 within last 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 0.55 cents/mile.
PREFERRED BUT NOT REQUIRED
  • Experience working with adults with mental health challenges and addictions recovery.
  • Completion of Intentional Peer Support Training.
  • U.S. Military veteran.
  • Bachelors or advanced degree.
  • Fluent in Spanish.
SALARY AND BENEFITS: Salary starts at $ 17.50 per hour. This position is eligible for Medical, Vision, and Dental benefits as well as generous paid time off (PTO).

To APPLY: Please submit a cover letter and resume by email to Grant Fagòt, gfagot@folktime.org. 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.”

Job Title: Sandy Clinic Peer Support Specialist

JOB SITE: Clackamas County Behavioral Health (Sandy Clinic)

REPORTS TO: Stewart/Hilltop Supervisor

WORK HOURS: .8FTE or 32 hours/week

POSITION SUMMARY: This position works collaboratively with Clackamas County Behavioral Health’s Adult Team at Sandy Clinic using a trauma-informed, holistic recovery model to support individuals with significant mental health challenges. The Peer Support Specialist at the Sandy Clinic 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 at the Sandy Clinic 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 issues and their professional training.

MAJOR 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, then using them to foster recovery.
  • Support individuals in recognizing triggers and using their own unique ways to manage distress as an alternative to seeking structured services.
  • 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.
  • Encourage peers to engage in support programs and life-enrichment activities in the community as a means to building a natural support network outside the clinic setting.
QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Must be comfortable working with individuals actively experiencing symptoms of mental 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.
REQUIREMENTS
  • 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 within last 6 months.
  • Must be able 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 55 cents/mile.
PREFERRED BUT NOT REQUIRED
  • Experience working with adults with mental health challenges and addictions recovery.
  • Completion of Intentional Peer Support Training.
  • U.S. Military veteran.
  • Bachelors or advanced degree.
SALARY AND BENEFITS: Salary starts at $ 17.50 per hour. This position is eligible for Medical, Vision, and Dental benefits as well as generous paid time off (PTO).

To APPLY: Please submit a cover letter and resume by email to, Grant Fagòt: gfagot@folktime.org. 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.”

Job Title: Stewart Peer Support Specialist

JOB SITE: Clackamas County Behavioral Health (Stewart Center)

REPORTS TO: Stewart/Hilltop Supervisor

WORK HOURS: .8FTE or 32 hours/week

POSITION SUMMARY: This position works collaboratively with Clackamas County Behavioral Health’s Community Support Team at Stewart Center using a trauma-informed, holistic recovery model to support individuals with significant mental health challenges. The Peer Support Specialist at Stewart Center 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 at Stewart Center 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 issues and their professional training.

MAJOR 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, then using them to foster recovery.
  • Support individuals in recognizing triggers and using their own unique ways to manage distress as an alternative to seeking structured services.
  • 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.
  • Encourage peers to engage in support programs and life-enrichment activities in the community as a means to building a natural support network outside the clinic setting.
QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Must be comfortable working with individuals actively experiencing symptoms of mental 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.
REQUIREMENTS:
  • 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 within last few 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 57.5 cents/mile
PREFERRED BUT NOT REQUIRED
  • Experience working with adults with mental health challenges and addictions recovery.
  • Completion of Intentional Peer Support Training.
  • U.S. Military veteran.
  • Bachelors or advanced degree.
SALARY AND BENEFITS: Salary starts at $ 17.50 per hour. This position is eligible for Medical, Vision, and Dental benefits as well as generous paid time off (PTO).

To APPLY: Please submit a cover letter and resume by email to, Grant Fagòt: gfagot@folktime.org. 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.”

Job Title: Youth Peer Support Specialist

JOB SITE: Clackamas County Behavioral Health Child and Hilltop Family Team

REPORTS TO: Stewart/Hilltop Supervisor

WORK HOURS: .8FTE or 32 hours/week

POSITION SUMMARY: The Youth Peer Support Specialist works collaboratively with Clackamas County Behavioral Health’s Child and Family team at Hilltop Clinic using a trauma-informed, holistic recovery model to support youth receiving mental health services. The Youth Peer Support Specialist at Hilltop provides opportunities for youth 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; and promotes the development of natural support systems outside the clinic setting. The Youth Peer’s role is to support the youth, to help them engage and to actively participate on their team/or treatment process in making informed decisions that drive that process. The Youth Peer Support creates relationships of hope and co-learning with youth and families and with the service providers by drawing on their own lived experience with mental health issues and their professional training.

MAJOR DUTIES:
  • Inspire hope for youth in recovery through sharing life experiences as appropriate to the recovery process.
  • Support individuals and families in recognizing their own unique strengths, abilities, and assets, then using them to foster recovery.
  • Support individuals and families in recognizing triggers and using their own unique ways to manage distress as an alternative to seeking structured services.
  • Facilitate weekly groups with peers and/or parents and caregivers to create a culture of peer support, recovery, and accountability.
  • Work collaboratively 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.
  • Encourage peers to engage in support programs and life-enrichment activities in the community to building a natural support network outside the clinic setting.
QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Must be comfortable working with youth, individuals, and families actively experiencing symptoms of mental 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.” Specifically, experience as a youth receiving support for emotional, behavioral, or mental health challenges.
  • Ability to articulate the experience and perspective of a youth with complex needs.
  • Must have an understanding of the unique needs and struggles of youth, individuals, and families simultaneously experiencing emotional, behavioral, or mental health challenges.
  • 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.
REQUIREMENTS:
  • 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 within last 6 months.
  • Must be able 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 55 cents/mile
PREFERRED BUT NOT REQUIRED
  • Experience working with adults with mental health challenges and addictions recovery.
  • Completion of Intentional Peer Support Training.
  • U.S. Military veteran.
  • Bachelors or advanced degree.
  • Members of BIPOC and LGBTQ communities are strongly encouraged to apply.
SALARY AND BENEFITS: Salary starts at $ 17.50 per hour. This position is eligible for Medical, Vision, and Dental benefits as well as generous paid time off (PTO).

To APPLY: Please submit a cover letter and resume by email to, Grant Fagòt: gfagot@folktime.org. 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.”