Clackamas MHC Peer Support Specialist, FolkTime, Inc.


About FolkTime: Founded in 1985, Folk-Time, Inc. is a non-profit community service agency whose ongoing commitment is to provide a culture of inclusiveness. By promoting a recovery-oriented support system that focuses on hope, choice, connection, personal responsibility, and self-determination, FolkTime has provided support and advocacy for those with shared lived experiences in the Portland Metro area for over 35 years.

Mission Statement: Dedicated to connecting individuals with shared lived experiences through Intentional Peer Support

JOB SITE:  Clackamas Mental Health Center (CMHC)

REPORTS TO:  Clackamas Director of Clinical Programs

WORK HOURS:  1.0 FTE or 40 hours

PROGRAM:  Clinical Programs

 POSITION SUMMARY: The focus of the Peer Support Specialist position is to facilitate the development of recovery skills. The Peer Support Specialist provides opportunities for individuals to direct their own recovery process and support the learning and utilization of skills needed to foster recovery. The Peer Support Specialist will be knowledgeable of available service options, will promote the utilization of natural support systems, will facilitate the development of a sense of wellness and self-worth, and will work with a treatment team to promote the goals of the person in services. This position will work with multiple teams out of Clackamas MHC supporting people who are experiencing mental health distress.


·         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.



·         Ability to work independently and as a member of a multi-disciplinary team.

·         Be able to develop trusting relationships with peers and staff.

·         Be comfortable working with individuals actively experiencing big feelings.

·         Good written and verbal communication skills.

·         Competent with computers for word processing, internet, email and social media or able to learn these skills.


·         Complete a 40-hour Oregon approved peer support training

·         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.”

·         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

·         Ability to report to work reliably and in a timely fashion.

·         Ability to drive, have a car and ability use your personal vehicle for work related purposes. We do reimburse at $0.645/mile


·         Members of BIPOC and LGBTQ communities are strongly encouraged to apply.

·         Experience working with adults with mental health challenges and addictions recovery.

·         Lived experience and understanding of the unique difficulties of those who are transient or experiencing homelessness

·         Completion of Intentional Peer Support Training.

·         S. Military veteran.

·         Bachelors or advanced degree.

SALARY AND BENEFITS:  Salary starts at $19.00 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:  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