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Peer Support Specialist job description

A Peer Support Specialist is a professional who provides support to people struggling with substance abuse and mental health disorders. 

Use this Peer Support Specialist job description to advertise your vacancies and find qualified candidates. Feel free to modify responsibilities and requirements based on your needs.

Peer Support Specialist responsibilities include:

  • Responding to call-outs and client emergencies as needed
  • Meeting with clients regularly to offer one-on-one support and counseling
  • Developing recovery plans, coping methods, and rehabilitation strategies with the client

Job brief

We are looking for a Peer Support Specialist to join our team and provide support for our clients as they look to overcome substance abuse and mental health disorders. 

Peer Support Specialist responsibilities include conducting support meetings, developing recovery strategies, and responding to patient emergencies as needed. 

Ultimately, you will work directly with patients to help them address substance abuse and mental health disorders while they are at our healthcare facility. 


  • Arrange medical appointments, therapy sessions, support groups, and other resources to aid the client
  • Monitor the client’s behavior, schedule, medication, and activities
  • Report any unusual behavior, conflicts, or recovery deviations to the relevant professionals
  • Liaise with family members and medical professionals regularly
  • Coordinate client logistics such as medical appointments and therapy sessions, among others
  • Conduct assessments and providing feedback to the client, medical professionals, and the family

Requirements and skills

  • Proven work experience as a Peer Support Specialist or similar role
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Highly compassionate and attentive to details
  • The ability to be on call for emergencies and work on weekends and public holidays
  • Relevant training and/or certifications as a Peer Support Specialist

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