Peer Specialist, Emergency Services

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Location: Lawrence, MA
Job ID: 172234-1A
Date Posted: Aug 23, 2022
Category: Clinical Support

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Job Description

Welcome To

Welcome to Beth Israel Lahey Health Behavioral Services. Our team delivers quality care to clients and families in more than 30 communities throughout the North Shore, Merrimack Valley and Greater Boston. Our mission is to provide personal, compassionate, state-of-the-art, integrated behavioral healthcare that makes a difference in the lives of the people and communities we serve. Our services include mental health counseling, addiction treatment, and family and school-based services.


About the Job

New Increased Competitive Pay Rates 

Sign-on bonus up to $3,000 (prorated for part-time) 

The Peer Specialist works as part of the Emergency Services Program staff to provide a safe and welcoming environment for the client presenting for mental health crisis evaluations in the ED, clinic, or during mobile evaluations.

Essential Functions/Key Responsibilities:

  • Provides a welcoming environment for the client while in the Community Based Clinic, or Emergency Department.
  • Provides comfort items as needed i.e. food, encouragement, support, activities while waiting.
  • Works collaboratively with the ESP evaluator and assists in arranging services to which the individual is being referred.
  • Ensures that the client understands what is happening during the evaluation process and assists with communication.
  • Shares skills learned that have been useful in managing stress in the community.
  • Engages appropriately with clients to support them in identifying strengths, existing supports and community resources.
  • Assists and supports clients in the Crisis Stabilization Unit as needed.
  • Other related duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor degree preferred, other education/training/experience considered. Have personal knowledge of mental illness via their own lived experience with recovery. Currently have Certification as a Peer Specialist or willing to obtain within 6 months of employment.
  • Demonstrates good boundaries regarding confidentiality and personal relationships, while at the same time be able to share personal knowledge about recovering from mental illness.
  • Demonstrates strong knowledge and skills regarding the recovery process.
  • Demonstrates the ability to evaluate what is needed by each individual and adjust approach accordingly. Have in-depth knowledge of local resources.

Schedule: Full Time 40 hours - Days/Evenings

About Us

Beth Israel Lahey Health is dedicated to improving health and wellness and making a difference in the lives of our patients, their families and all members of the communities we serve.  Formed in March 2019, Beth Israel Lahey Health is a patient-centered, integrated care delivery system providing a continuum of services spanning academic, tertiary and community hospitals, dedicated orthopedic and psychiatric hospitals, primary and specialty care, community acute care, ambulatory care, behavioral services and home health.  Beth Israel Lahey Health Performance Network is a unified joint contracting and population health management organization, jointly governed by participating physicians and hospitals.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans.