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Family Peer Support Specialist
Job Code:2017-18289-004
FT/PT Status:Regular Full Time
Education:High School Diploma

A Family Peer Support Specialist is needed to work with youth and families in Jones County as part of a four-year grant. Work hours are M-F, 8a-5p; Some on-call hours and on-call responsibilities required. Positions available in Laurel, Ms.

Must be a first degree family member of an individual who has received treatment for and self-identifies as a consumer or former mental health consumer. Upon hire, the Peer Support Specialist will attend DMH training to become a Certified Peer Support Specialist. 


  • High School Diploma or equivalent required
  • Must be a current DMH Certified Peer Support Specialist or be able to obtain certification within 90 days of hire
  • Must possess a valid Mississippi Driver's License with a satisfactory driving record
  • Reliable transportation needed to provide services in the community

  • Work Experience/Skills:

  • Knowledge of how to establish and sustain self-help (mutual support) and educational groups by soliciting input from the mental health consumers on their strengths and interests.
  • Knowledge of the signs and symptoms of mental illness and the ability to assist the client to address symptoms using strategies such as positive self-talk.
  • Must have demonstrated a minimum of six (6) months, preferably twelve (12) months, in self-directed recovery. 

  • Responsibilities:
  • Advocates for consumers by providing consumer information in terms that consumers and families can understand through various formal and informal settings.
  • Assists with targeted outreach, medication monitoring, system navigation, and advocacy.
  • Engages families and consumers to help them/loved ones to be successful and meet their goals.
  • Functions as a role model to peers by exhibiting competency in personal recovery and use of coping skills.
  • Provides a range of structured activities that are provided face to face to assist individuals in their recovery/resiliency process. These activities will support the goals of the individual's documented individual Service Plan and/or Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP).