Youth Peer Support Partner-STATEWIDE

at MaineHealth in Portland, Maine, United States

Job Description






Position Summary

The Youth Peer Support Partner will provide peer support services to youth (ages 14-26) struggling with mental health challenges, which may include substance use. The Youth Peer Support partner will engage in peer support through one-on-one meetings with youth peer support groups and activities, education, and outreach. The Youth Peer Support Partner supports youth in connecting to wellness/recovery opportunities in the community and accessing other community support services of their choice. The Youth Peer Support Partner will work collaboratively within and outside their program to support youth in meeting their self-directed life, wellness and/or recovery goals.

Maine Behavioral Healthcare (MBH) defines "Peer" as a person who has personally experienced challenges maintaining mental health, which may include recovery from substance use. These challenges and the resulting experiences of addressing them are referred to as "lived experience" and may include a history of accessing services in the mental health system. A Youth Peer Support Partner is a peer that is willing to self-identify on that basis and is effective in communicating about their lived experience in a way that fosters a healthy relationship, centered on each person exploring wellness, challenges, and ways of thinking. It is required that a person has lived experience as part of their life story to be employed as a Youth Peer Support Partner

Required Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs)

Education: High school diploma or equivalent preferred.

Must be between the ages of 18-26 years old.

A personal history of mental health/substance use challenges is required.


Completion of, or ability to complete, State of Maine Certified Intentional Peer Support Specialist (CIPSS) Certification is required. Provisional CIPSS Certification is required within 9 months of hire date.

Employment will be contingent on the above certification guidelines.

Driving license and reliable transportation.


Good communication skills and an ability to maintain collaborative relationships with stakeholders.

Willingness to further develop communication skills (i.e. written, verbal, and computer.)

Demonstrated ability to keep focus on continual learning and growth

Ability to work a flexible work schedule, including some evenings and weekends

Computer proficiency required with ability to demonstrate basic computer skills in using Microsoft Office and Outlook email

Demonstrates ability to work independently and collaboratively.


MaineHealth values diversity and is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Federal and state laws prohibit discrimination in employment because of race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability or veteran status.

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Job Posting: 647695

Posted On: Dec 02, 2021

Updated On: Dec 02, 2021