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Youth Peer Support Specialist (YPSS)

Bureau of Behavioral Health
Recovery Support Services Program

Full-time County Contractual with Benefits

Date Posted: 4.13.21
Date Closing: Open until filled.

Location: 839 Bestgate Road, Annapolis, MD 21041

Salary: $16.50

Benefits: Participation in the county’s group health plan (including dental, optical and prescription), paid holidays, annual and sick leave. The selected employee may also participate in the County’s deferred compensation program at his or her own expense.

Job Description

Nature of Work: This position functions as a nonclinical, peer-based position that engages, educates and supports youth and young adults to make life changes necessary to recover from a substance use disorder and/or mental health condition. The activities are educational and coaching in nature. Coming from a place of lived experience, the YPSS will serve as a role model, sharing their personal recovery process, coping techniques and self-help strategies. The YPSS is expected to consistently exercise sound judgement and establish appropriate boundaries at all times when working with youth. The YPSS is responsible for facilitating trainings and educational seminars, daily group programming, connecting with every new member to provide resources for recovery supports in the community and ensuring that the clubhouse program is connecting with the adolescent families. A key element that enhances and distinguishes this position is that candidates appropriately highlight their personal experience of recovery. The position will assist individuals at select community sites. Core hours are Monday through Friday, from 12:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Minimum Qualifications

Education: High School Diploma or equivalency certificate (GED).

  • 18 to 30 years old
  • Self-identifies as someone who has first-hand experience with substance use and mental health conditions
  • Able to use lived experience to assist in supporting youth in their recovery and wellness
  • Provide personal statement describing skills and abilities they have to offer
  • Minimum of two years of recovery from an addictions or co-occurring disorder
  • Complete peer specialist core training, peer counselor or comparable training program from a recognized and approved source within six months of entry into position
  • Achieve certification as a peer support specialist within first 18 months of hire
  • Complete any other training that is deemed necessary and appropriate
  • Provide at least two letters of recommendation
  • Ability to maintain effective peer recovery relationships with clients and other members of the care team
  • Strong communication skills with health professionals, coworkers and clients
  • Proficient in basic computer skills to include Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Have a professional demeanor
  • No current criminal justice system involvement. Considerations: Length of time since last conviction, type of crime
  • Must have own vehicle available for travel
  • Must have a current Maryland driver’s license with a clear driving record
  • Ability to pass a state and federal child background investigation

How to Apply

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications can apply. Send a completed County application or resume along with personal statement to: Sheri Streit, 3 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis, MD 21401; fax to 410-222-4392; or email hdstre00@aacounty.org. Open until filled.


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