Peer Support Specialist/Certified Recovery Mentor

Mental Health & Addiction Association of Oregon   Portland, OR   Full-time     Mental Health
Posted on September 19, 2022

 In November 2020, Oregon voters passed Measure 110, the Drug Addiction Treatment and Recovery Act of 2020 (hereinafter referred to as “Measure 110” or the “Act”), wo better serve people actively using substances or diagnosed with a substance use disorder. The goal of M110 is to establish a more equitable and effective approach to substance use disorder (SUD).

The Peer Support Specialist (PSS)/Certified Recovery Mentor (CRM) offers peer support to individuals as someone who has similar life experiences and acts as a positive role model of a person in recovery.  The PSS/CRM participates in collaboratively supporting an individual’s self-defined and self-directed care. The PSS/CRM also supports the individual being served with creating their own person-directed recovery path including harm-reduction services, education and supports. They will provide a listening, nonjudgmental presence for those who desire to access to health care that could include medication-assisted treatment (MAT) and/or other clinical substance use disorder/mental health treatment resources in the community.

The PSS/CRM will work closely with other community organizations that may or may not be members of formal BHRNs.


  • Possess an absolute belief in every person’s ability to learn, grow and recover
  • Value person’s right to make their own decisions
  • Value people as the “experts” in their own lives
  • Possess insight pertaining to personal biases and worldview and how they may interfere with effectively working with individuals representing a variety of cultural, ethnic, language and life experiences.


High school diploma or equivalent. 

Valid Oregon Driver’s License and proof of automobile insurance.

Peer Support Specialist/Peer Wellness Specialist (OHA Traditional Health Worker certification) and MHCBO CRM (I or II) certification required or able to be obtained within two months of hire.   

Preferred Requirements

Experience working with adults with addiction challenges preferred.  

Experience with mental health recovery is desirable and highly valued.  Understands the potential effects of trauma on health.  Understands the principles of recovery, consumer-involvement and trauma-informed care. 

Pay Range: $19.00 - $23.00 per hour, 40 hours per week.

Benefits: This is a benefited position as outlined in the MHAAO Employee


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Background Check:  A criminal background check will be conducted by MHAAO in accordance with the MHAAO background check policy. A criminal record does not necessarily exclude an individual from employment with MHAAO.

Vaccination Policy: All employees, interns, and volunteers to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 as a condition of employment in accordance with current Oregon and Washington State laws.