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Peer Support Advocate - EmPATH unit

Posted: 09/08/2022

Facility: Bemidji Behavioral Crisis Ctr
Location: Bemidji, MN
Address: 3220 Hannah Ave NW, Bemidji, MN 56601, USA
Shift: 12 Hours - Rotating Shifts
Job Schedule: Full time
Weekly Hours: 40.00
Salary Range: $19.00 - $22.00

Department Details

Join the Behavioral Health EmPATH (Emergency Psychiatric, Assessment, Treatment, and Healing) Unit and become a part of a forward thinking team that is creative and innovative when assisting people who are experiencing a mental health crisis. Your work would be greatly impacting not only the community you live in, but you would also be helping develop the future of behavioral health workers and the continuum of care for adult and children. If you've had dreams of how the community and world could experience behavioral health differently and love to think outside the box to meet people where they are at--this is the position for you!

You will join a work environment that embraces diversity, creative problem solving, and collaboration. This team will focus on a whole person care approach and sees the benefit of working in integration with other programs. There is fast paced but rewarding work to be done here.

Some of the backgrounds we are looking for to become part of the team would be those with experience working in the school setting, coaching adults or kids, group home setting, law enforcement, special education, juvenile justice, probation, shelters, experience with Native American cultural healing traditions.

Job Summary

Living in recovery from a mental illness or substance abuse plays an important role on a client-centered team approach to help individuals living with mental health or substance abuse difficulties walk their own road to recovery. The Peer Support Advocate is a non-clinical role that works collaboratively with health care professionals including physicians, nurses, behavioral health counseling staff, and support staff to assist in peer support across the health care continuum. Works as an integral member of the health care team to ensure safety, best practice, and high quality standards of care are maintained across the continuum. Provides recovery support to individuals who can benefit from the peer's lived experiences.

Responsible for coordinating a wide range of recovery and self-management support for the clinic's patient population who are dealing with addictions. Assists patients as they go through the diagnosis, treatment, and recovery process. Provides recovery support in form of telephone calls or in-person recovery coaching sessions. Seeks regular progress updates with patients. Assists patients with support and connection to other essential social services that exist in the community. Peers support individuals in identifying and articulating personal goals and objectives necessary for recovery and wellness. Advocates for the patient in the care system or in other appropriate settings and systems. Demonstrates HIPAA compliance.

Articulates the recovery process for patients and assists patients through a self-directed plan. Has insight to the appropriate times to share personal story. Relays the meaning and role of peer support. Identifies the difference between counseling and peer support. Differentiates between treatment and recovery goals. Maintains a working knowledge of the current trends and development in the addiction recovery and peer support field.

Demonstrates ability to nurture healing relationships and healthy choices for one's own health, recovery, and wellness. Utilizes principles of cultural mindfulness. Adheres to own recovery program and demonstrates healthy choices for one's own health, recovery, and wellness.


Must be at least 21 years of age and have a primary diagnosis of a mental illness, and be a current or former consumer of mental health services. Must be willing to share personal experience. Must have high school diploma, GED, or equivalent. Must demonstrate leadership and advocacy skills.

Must meet state-specified requirements listed below:

Minnesota: Preferred successful completion of the Minnesota Department of Human Services approved Certified Peer Specialist training. Once approved as a Certified Peer Specialist, must maintain certification. May also require successful completion of Sanford Clinic Navigation Certification, depending on setting. Preference of possessing a valid class D driver's license and auto insurance. Must maintain a good driving record. Preference of hire having access to personal vehicle and willingness to use the vehicle in carrying out position responsibilities. Basic Life Support (BLS) training and certification within six months of hire.

South Dakota: Must successfully complete the Department approved Certified Peer Specialist training and certification exam; must maintain certification. Basic Life Support (BLS) training and certification within six months of hire.


Sanford Health offers an attractive benefits package for qualifying full-time and part-time employees. Depending on eligibility, a variety of benefits include health insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, life insurance, a 401(k) retirement plan, work/life balance benefits, sick leave and paid time off. To review your benefit eligibility, visit .

Sanford is an EEO/AA Employer M/F/Disability/Vet. If you are an individual with a disability and would like to request an accommodation for help with your online application, please call 1-877-673-0854 or send an email to .

Sanford Health has a Drug Free Workplace Policy. An accepted offer will require a drug screen and pre-employment background screening as a condition of employment.

Req Number: R-0117304

To protect our patients and our staff, Sanford Health and The Good Samaritan Society require employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 as a condition of employment, subject to accommodation.

Job Function: Behavioral Health and Dependency