Certified Peer Specialist (CPS)

Duluth, MN
Full Time
Part Time
Certified Peer Specialist

AHL Healthcare Group is opening an Intensive Residential Treatment Services (IRTS) facility in Duluth, MN and is seeking a Certified Peer Specialist to join our growing team!

Location: Duluth, MN (Near UMD)

Hours of Position: Several openings (full time or part time) and several shifts available. Typical shifts are 8 hours either: 8am-4pm, 4pm-12am, or 12am-8am. Alternating weekend schedule, Sunday – Saturday is required.


  • Paid Time Off (Part time and Full Time)
  • Health Insurance (waiting periods may apply)
  • Longevity bonuses
  • Flexible scheduling and every other weekend off
  • Performance-based increases
  • Group dental, vision, and supplement insurance
  • 1.5x pay for holidays worked
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Opportunities for advancement in a growing, hire-from-within company
  • Rewarding position working with residents to provide excellent services and a comfortable home!

Compensation: Starting pay with no/little experience is $14-$15/hr. With experience and/or if staff also qualifies as a MHPR (Mental Health Practitioner), pay is based on experience up to $21/hr.


  • Is at least 21 years of age
  • Has a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Has or have had a primary diagnosis of mental illness Be a current or former consumer of mental health services
  • Demonstrate dedication to promoting recovery opportunities in the lives of Peers
  • Demonstrate the ability to utilize his or her own lived experience of recovery (as defined by the CPS) to inspire recovery in the lives of Peers
  • Has the goal of paid employment as a Certified Peer Specialist
  • Has the skills and abilities needed to complete the academic work for the position
  • Completes a Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) prior to the start of training
  • Successfully complete the DHS approved Certified Peer Specialist training and certification exam

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Under the supervision of the Treatment Director and Lead Mental Health Practioner(s), a CPS supports individuals by providing hope, encouragement, support, self-determination and connection to the community. A CPS helps the Recipient by assisting the Recipient build skills as an advocate for their needs and rights.
  • Strong written, verbal and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of Recipient’s history, skills, vulnerabilities, strengths, cultural and spiritual preferences.
  • Understanding of initial treatment plan and individual treatment plan.
  • General knowledge of social services, record keeping, reporting requirements and confidentiality.
  • Ability to follow initial and individual treatment plans set up for Recipients and uses creative ways to encourage participation.
  • Effectively assist Recipients and train in areas such as public transportation, employment, budgeting, organizing, medical appointments scheduling, and meal planning.
  • Communicate effectively with coworkers.
  • Objectively and professionally document progress with the Recipient at the end of your shift.
  • Providing assistance with paperwork that is pertinent to continuation of services, such as Social Security paperwork.
  • Provide support and supervision as defined in each Recipient’s ITP, while ensuring Recipient safety.
  • Communicate questions or concerns to Lead Mental Health Practitioner or Treatment Director
  • Report improper or suspicious behavior, misconduct of co-workers, abuse or neglect of Recipients internally to the Treatment Director, or externally to the Minnesota Adult Abuse Reporting Center within 24 hours of becoming aware of the incident.
  • Encourage local community setting/resources by remaining within a 10 miles radius of the Recipient’s home.
  • Assisting with setting up transportation services and teaching Recipient how to utilize public transportation.
  • Ability to use a computer effectively, and complete word processing and data entry tasks.
  • Available to work flexible hours and feel comfortable driving in most weather conditions.
  • Travel in the community, transport Recipients, and assure safe vehicle operation including all passengers wearing a seatbelt, respecting speed limits, following agency policy, maintaining current car insurance, and possessing a valid driver’s license at all times.
  • Ability and willingness to follow deadlines and/or complete assignments/trainings as assigned.
  • Ability to develop and maintain professionally appropriate and respectful therapeutic relationships with each Recipient and the Recipient’s family; ability to maintain positive working relations with staff and other related persons.
  • Maintain a clean, professional and pleasant appearance for effective role modeling to the Recipients.
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