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Peer Support Advocate - Youth ACT

Posted: 10/19/2022

Facility: Bemidji 1705 Clinic
Location: Bemidji, MN
Address: 1705 Anne St NW, Bemidji, MN 56601, USA
Shift: 8 Hours - Day Shifts
Job Schedule: Full time
Weekly Hours: 40.00
Salary Range: $19.00 - $22.00

Department Details

We are looking for individuals who want to work with an exciting new team. Our team will have knowledge and skill in working with children and adolescents, ages 8-15 specifically, as well as their families, schools, and community systems that are involved in a variety of client-centered settings. Work environments may include office, school, in-home, and community-based spaces depending on what clients and families need. This team will have flexibility regarding working hours, and environments, as we will utilize the clients as our guide for what works best for them.

This is an opportunity to change lives in your community for the better using a team approach with core members of the team that include a mental health therapist, a licensed alcohol and drug counselor, medication management provider, and a peer support specialist. Be part of the positive change in behavioral health with this new innovative team and help start a new program that will be the standard of care!

As a Peer Support Specialist you will be integral in the development and fostering of hope in sharing your lived experience with clients and families. Looking for individuals who are willing to share healthy coping skills in the individual and group setting. Individuals interested in learning about and able to share in Native American culture encouraged to apply.

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-0121728

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