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Engagement and Recovery Support Peer Coach (ERSPC) 

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 6/1/2018  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Shift Days  
Location Kitsap Mental Health Services (SUD Residential Unit)  

The ERSPC (Engagement and Recovery Support Peer Counselor) is a member of a multidisciplinary team who provides identification, engagement, treatment maintenance, tracking, discharge-planning and support services for both youth and adult members of the community who are experiencing substance use related issues. One of the primary goals of this position is to develop rapport with an individual, and their family member, if possible, for the purpose of bringing the client into and/or keeping them in ongoing SUD treatment services. ERSPC are expected to make use of lived experience; focusing on building hope and creating a positive vision of leading productive lives in the community.


  • Develop rapid rapport and therapeutic alliance with current or potential clients while maintaining professional boundaries.
  • Routinely identify and evaluate physical risk factors for self and others while in potentially unsafe neighborhoods and homes, while around people with unknown potential for aggression, and while in proximity of potentially unsafe structures or equipment. Consult with Supervisor, Crisis Response Team and law enforcement as appropriate.
  • Share lived experience when clinically appropriate to offer hope to clients in active addiction or early recovery process.
  • Focus on reaching out to individuals identified in an at risk populations such as IV drug users, pregnant women, parenting individuals and or homeless persons who are experiencing substance use related issues.
  • Assist clients in accessing SUD and other related services within KMHS systems of care and the community at large.
  • Request, gather, and coordinate information from all sources to facilitate appropriate treatment decisions while ensuring timely and accurate documentation.
  • Provide outreach and engagement services to clients in the Adult Inpatient Unit (AIU), Youth Inpatient Unit and Crisis Triage Unit.
  • Coordinate and facilitate timely implementation of discharge plans for clients.
  • Receive field referrals from other providers in the community such as, but not limited to, Harrison Medical Center, Benedict House, Salvation Army, Kitsap Community Resources, Bremerton Housing Authority, Housing Kitsap, Kitsap Recovery Center, Kitsap Jail, and Public Health.
  • Provide engagement and outreach services for youth in local schools, DCFS, Harrison Medical Center, Juvenile Services Center and Courts, and referrals through other agencies.
  • Assist clients in contacting and building rapport with other professionals working in treatment, housing, vocational, educational, legal and/or other social services.
  • Meet with individuals a prescribed number of times, previous to the client getting a substance use assessment, in order to develop trust, educate, discuss consequences of substance use, discuss treatment options, and to provide information and resources to motivate pre-contemplative and contemplative clients toward recovery.
  • Assist KMHS in developing and building strong referral links between numerous community projects that include outreach for populations heavily involved with law and justice, acute care, and housing.
  • Track the client's progress upon discharge at prescribed intervals by completing post-discharge follow up calls.
  • In addition to the above, any responsibilities appropriate to the position and not specifically listed in the job description.
Position Requirements

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Current WA State Peer Counseling certificate or complete certification within six months of employment. Preference for lived experience in an inpatient or crisis setting, working toward CDP preferred, valid Washington State Driver License and Food Handler card. High School Diploma or GED required. Ability to provide client transportation in a personal or an agency vehicle.

PHYSICAL CONSIDERATIONS: While performing the duties of the job, the employee is required to stand, sit, use hands and fingers, reach with hands and arms, ascend and descend stairs, talk or listen and lift up to 25 pounds. Peripheral vision is also required for this position.

Salary TBD  
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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