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Peer Counselor (16hrs/wk)- Kitsap County Crisis Triage Center 

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 8/14/2018  
Full-Time/Part-Time Part-Time  
Shift Days  
Location Kitsap Mental Health Services (Crisis Triage Facility)  

SHIFT: Fridays & Saturdays

The Certified Peer Counselor supports the multidisciplinary team of the Crisis Triage Facility by providing and tracking discharge-planning services that are complex, multi system, and specific for the people we serve on the inpatient units. Using lived experience, Certified Peer Counselor focuses on providing hope and discussing practicality with the individuals supported. Having made use of various resources, the Certified Peer Counselor assists the discharging person with navigation of external resources.


  • Coordinate and facilitate timely implementation of discharge plans for clients. Develop and coordinate discharge plans that are: complex, multi system, mixed funding, and specific to clients.
  • Share lived experience when clinically appropriate to offer hope to clients currently in crisis, and to support in client building rapport with treatment providers.
  • Track the client’s progress upon discharge at 7 days, 30 days, and 90 days by completing post-discharge follow up calls.
  • Maintain effective communication with physicians, nursing staff, individuals served, families and other related to discharge planning.
  • Coordinate with social services personnel to provide services as indicated by treatment team.
  • Document findings, discharge plans and action taken on medical record according to KMHS guidelines; prepare reports and maintain records as required.
  • Maintains the clinical information of individuals served by the unit in a confidential manner.
  • Attends orientations, staff meetings and keeps all yearly mandatory trainings up-to-date as required by the unit.
  • Supports the Mental Health Professionals and Recovery Case Manager is in tasks such as arranging for shelter beds, and follow up appointments.
  • Participate in shift pass downs as needed to ensure that client’s needs are met 24/7 while at the Crisis Triage Facility.
  • Track the total number of all discharges from the unit to ensure that client’s needs were met and that discharged clients are able to continue to access supportive services.
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. Ability to gain licensure as an Agency Affiliated Counselor (or other applicable counselor profession) in Washington State, valid Washington State Driver License and Food Handler card. High School Diploma or GED required. A bachelor’s degree in a counseling-related field is preferred. Ability to provide client transportation in 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 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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