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Riverside Community Care Peer Specialist - Respite - Relief in Norwood, Massachusetts

We make a difference - in your community and in your career.

Seeking a Relief Peer Specialist for our Respite Program

Peer Specialists help to make Respite welcoming, comfortable, supportive, and responsive to individuals who utilize them and their families.

Using their personal experience and knowledge of navigating the greater system of care, Peer Specialists provide consumers with support, information, and assistance in connecting with and obtaining community-based resources and services.

In this vital role, the Peer Specialist will:

  • convey hope and provide psychoeducation, including information about recovery, rehabilitation, and crisis self-management

  • assist in arranging the services to which the individual is being referred after the MCI intervention, and they shall work with the person and family to support them during the transition to those follow-up services

  • provide similar services in the MCI service and Adult CCS as staffing and time permit

    All Peer Specialist staff will receive training in recovery-focused peer support for Substance Use Disorders (SUD), who shall assist in interventions with individuals/families presenting in crisis due to substance use disorders. They will support explanation of the process to access services, availability of self-help resources, and provide follow-up for those who may or may not be ready to accept help at the time of initial contact.

    Pay Rate: $21.63/hourly

    Why You'll Love Riverside

We make a true difference in people’s lives through rewarding work. Most of our jobs come with great benefits – including healthcare, numerous professional development opportunities, and generous time off - all in a respectful and inclusive environment, perhaps why Riverside was named a Boston Globe Top Workplace and a best-in-state employer by Forbes.

Benefits include:

  • Comprehensive, high-quality health, dental, and vision insurance options

  • Flexible Spending Accounts – both medical and dependent care

  • Eleven paid holidays

  • Separate accruals for vacation (increases with tenure), personal, and sick time

  • Tax-deferred 403(b) retirement savings plan with employer match

  • Employee Assistance Plan / Travel Assistance Plan

  • Employee bonus for referrals resulting in hiring

  • Discounts to movie theaters, sporting, and entertainment events

  • Employee YMCA discount: 10% off a YMCA monthly membership and 50% off the joiner’s fee

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Required Skills

  • Excellent communication and organizational skills

  • Basic computer fluency (including Microsoft Office)

  • Must be a Certified Peer Specialist or obtain certification as a Peer Specialist within 6 months-1 year of hire

  • Valid driver’s license, safe driving record, and regular access to a reliable vehicle

Required Experience

  • High school diploma or equivalent

  • Certification as a Peer Specialist preferred; must immediately begin and diligently work toward certification process if hired without certification

  • Experience as a person in recovery who has, at times, received mental health services

  • One year experience working with individual in mental health recovery

    Riverside Community Care is dedicated to respect, integrity and engagement of all individuals. We are committed to building an inclusive and culturally competent organization and we value the richness of having a diverse applicant pool. As an employer committed to equal opportunity, all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, age, color, religion, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, national origin, disability, or any other characteristic as established by law.