The Peer Support Specialist is responsible for dynamically working with other staff and volunteers to create a safe and recovery positive environment. The Peer Support Specialist will do this by assisting clients with services The Cascade Peer and Self-Help Center provides, including serving lunch, providing snacks or breakfast items to clients, cleaning the facility, and being a supportive peer to clients. Staff also assist clients in connecting with important resources related to health and recovery, such as: making appointments with Deschutes Behavioral Health, filling out job applications, completing Social Security Income applications, and more.
Peer Support Specialists are not counselors; however, we are here to support clients through triggers or at times hard emotions. We follow the Intentional Peer Support module, based on the principle of using intention-based communication and support skills that reflect the unique needs and perspectives of each client’s situation. The Peer Support Specialist will prioritize the safety and wellbeing of clients at all times, by communicating effectively will other staff members as well as clients regarding expectations at The Cascade Peer and Self-Help Center