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Peer Bridger - Western State Hospital Bridger Program 

About the Organization KMHS is Kitsap's nonprofit, designated community mental health provider for adults with acute and/or chronic serious mental illnesses, and children with serious emotional disturbances and their families. During 2016, KMHS provided services to more than 6,800 children and adults.

On WA's beautiful Kitsap Peninsula, offers easy access to both the pristine wilderness of the Olympic Peninsula and the big-city lights and culture of Seattle. We offer competitive salary, benefits & a positive work environment.

Inpatient, residential, and outpatient treatment services offer evidence-based treatment, using trauma informed care to help people reach their recovery goals. We offer whole person care through mental health and substance use treatment and care management, close care coordination with on-campus and community-based primary care providers, and with partner PCHS, now offer dental care to KMHS clients and the community. Many community partners assure people receive behavioral health care in the right place, in the right way, at the right time. Together we are weaving a web that connects emergency room and hospitals, substance abuse treatment, and primary care providers; creates partnerships for early intervention at home and school, supports multiple law enforcement, jail, and justice endeavors, and works to ensure housing, food, and other social supports together with social service agencies and community collaborations.

The Kitsap Mental Health Services community fosters a culture of hope and empowerment through a safe, welcoming environment, compassionate relationships, and a commitment to respecting life experiences.

KMHS is a tobacco/smoke-free and scent-free facility  
Category Social Services  
Open Date 1/17/2018  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Shift Days  
Location Kitsap Mental Health Services (Main Campus)  

The Peer Support Specialist for the Bridger Program is intended to serve those program participants who are currently at Western or Eastern State Hospital and have had a lengthy hospitalization or a history of frequent, multiple hospitalizations. The Peer Support Specialist has experience as a recipient of mental health services for severe and persistent mental illness and is willing to use and share his or her personal, practical experience, knowledge, and first-hand insight with clients.  

  • The Peer Support Specialist provides the client with expertise about the recovery process, symptom management, and the persistence required by clients to lead a satisfying life.
  • The Peer Support Specialist is responsible for advocating for client choice, self-determination, and decision-making in the planning, delivery, and evaluation of treatment, rehabilitation, and support services.
  • The Peer Support Specialist provides consultation to clients and families in the areas of community resources, treatment planning, crisis intervention, and substance abuse services.


  • Draw on common experiences as a peer with confidence in his/her own wellness to validate clients’ experience.  Provide guidance in constructing and encouraging clients to take responsibility and participate in their own wellness or recovery plan.  Promote hope and empowerment with the willingness to share his/her own experiences as appropriate as designed to help clients attain recovery goals and maintain the highest possible level of independence, even during periods of instability with the passion and enthusiasm for peer support and the possibility of recovery for everybody.  
  • Provide coaching, guidance, and support from a strength-based perspective in areas to include transition services from hospital to community, supported companionship, money management, and medication management.  Additionally, coaching may be provided in the following areas: personal hygiene, use of public transportation, employment and social skills, and completion of household tasks including cooking, laundry, grocery shopping, and housekeeping.
  • Act as an interpreter while providing expertise and consultation from a client perspective in areas such as symptoms, effects and side effects of medications, client opinions of treatment, and client experiences of recovery.
  • Help clients to identify, understand, and combat stigma and discrimination.
  • Collaborate with clients on awareness of client rights, including grievance and complaint procedures; support clients with filing, mediating, and resolving complaints.
  • Increase client awareness of self-help and consumer advocacy groups which promote recovery, while acting as the liaison between community resources and such groups.
  • Assist in the provision of ongoing assessment and direct services to clients, responding to such challenges as an increase in suicidality, the need for substance abuse education and treatment, and the clients’ readiness for meaningful daily activity, including employment.
  • Assist clients in attaining and maintaining safe, affordable housing including apartment hunting, finding a roommate, landlord negotiations, and procuring necessities such as furnishings and telephone and utility hook-up.
  • Assist and support clients to find and effectively use a primary care physician, dentist, and other medical specialists as required.
  • Provide practical help and supports to help clients access other necessary services such as legal services, housing subsidies, and funding alternatives such as SSI, SSDI, and Veteran’s Administration benefits.
  • Assist clients to plan and carry out social and leisure time activities to include evenings, weekends, and holidays. 
  • General Office and computer experience.  Provide strong verbal and written feedback on consumer progress to the treatment team, including the timely completion of documentation.
  • Set and maintain appropriate professional boundaries while balancing the sometimes conflicting demands of being both a peer to clients and an employee of the agency.  Ability to work in a cooperative and collaborative manner as a team member with program participants.  Seek appropriate clinical supervision where necessary, particularly around boundary issues.
  • Intentionally share their Recovery Story as appropriate to assist program participants, providing hope and help in changing patterns and behaviors.
  • Working with participants with construction 
  • In addition to the above, any other responsibilities appropriate to the position and not specifically listed in the job description.
Position Requirements

High school diploma and has experience as a recipient of mental health services.  Certified Peer Counselor or complete certification within six months of employment.  Washington Certified Peer Specialist certification with at least two years’ experience working as a peer and desiring at least two years’ experience working with clients with severe and persistent mental illness as a peer specialist preferred. Ability to work flexible hours.  Experience working with people from diverse cultures.  Ability to form trusting and reciprocal relationships.  Possess and maintain valid driver’s license with an acceptable motor vehicle report and reliable, insured transportation.  


Salary DOE  
EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, creed, marital status, age, Vietnam era or disabled veteran status, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability.

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