Employment Opportunities

Certified Peer Specialist

MHA is an affiliate of the nation’s largest and oldest community-based network dedicated to improving the mental health of all individuals through advocacy, education and service and seeking a Certified Peer Specialist, working 10-20 hours a week in our Strong Families Healthy Homes Program. For more information, click here.

Job Description

Peer Specialists are a vital part of MHA’s Strong Families Healthy Homes Program (SFHH). The role of a Peer Specialist is to act as a mentor, advocate, educator, facilitator and support person for individuals living with a mental illness and/or substance abuse residing in Milwaukee County.


To provide individual and group support services to individuals. Peer Specialists will serve as mentors with the goal of partnering with people in recovery or working toward recovery from mental illness and/or substance use disorders to promote resilience; increase permanent housing, employment, education, and other necessary supports; and reduce barriers to social inclusion.


The Certified Peer Specialist will…

1. Identify as a person who has lived experience utilizing mental health/AODA treatment services
2. Use your own recovery/wellness plan which includes a proactive crisis plan
3. Provide an environment of recovery, wellness and hope
4. Be knowledgeable of SAMHSA’s definition of recovery and its components
5. Knowledge in navigating child welfare, health care and benefits systems preferred
6. Peer Specialists with parenting and child development knowledge preferred

Essential Functions:

Providing Support

1. Be mindful of ethics, boundaries, power and control issues unique to the WI-CPS role
2. Establish healing relationships with peers either in the office or during home visits or education classes
3. Assist peers to understand the purpose of peer support and recovery models
4. Provide peers with SAMHSA’s definitions of recovery and its components
5. Create an environment of respect for peers which honors the person for taking charge of their own lives
6. Encourage peers to construct their own recovery/wellness plan which also includes a proactive crisis plan.
7. Support peers in crisis to explore options that may be beneficial to returning to emotional wellness.
8. Together research and locate resources that are beneficial to peers’ needs and desires
9. Intentionally share your own recovery story as appropriate to assist peers, providing hope and help in changing patterns and behaviors

Demonstrating Confidentiality

1. Be familiar with Wisconsin documents relating to confidentiality. Be very knowledgeable of all confidentiality directives from his/her agency
2. Maintain the utmost confidence concerning all verbal and written information whether obtained from peers or otherwise.
3. Be knowledgeable of information that is not to be kept in confidence: threats to harm self or others and the procedures for how to handle these situations

Job Duties

• Perform weekly in-home or community visits with each peer you are assigned
• Facilitate mental health and parenting educational groups
• Document all peer and collateral contacts in progress notes and billing log
• Collaborate with all providers involved in each peer’s care and attend team meetings
• Work on a multidisciplinary team
• Other duties as assigned – such as outreach, resource fairs, etc.

Compensation: $12.50/hour

Mental Health America of Wisconsin (MHA) is an equal opportunity employer and affords equal opportunity to all applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, veteran status or any other status protected under local, state or federal laws.

Interested individuals should respond by March 31, 2017 at 4:00pm

Mail resumes to:
Sarah Thomas
Mental Health America of Wisconsin
600 West Virginia Street, Suite 502
Milwaukee, WI 53204

Email resumes to: Sarah Thomas at saraht@mhawisconsin.org

Fax resumes to: 414-276-3124, attention Sarah Thomas