Northern Lakes Community Mental Health recognizes the value of and employs people with lived experience and believes strongly in Recovery and a Culture of Gentleness. To this end, this position requires a commitment to creating and maintaining a culture that “Expects Recovery” and “Encourages Gentleness.”


Peer Support Specialists will work with persons with severe and persistent mental illness in their paths towards recovery, and those experienced in mental health crisis.

Peer Support Specialists will perform a wide range of tasks to assist consumers in regaining control over their own lives and over their own recovery process.


ESSENTIAL POSITION FUNCTIONS (listing Position Specific functions first):

  • Will work closely with unit members to ensure that CPSSs are completing tasks outlined in the Additional Mental Health Services b(3) section of the Medicaid State Plan.
  • Will assist consumers in carrying out tasks related to the individualized person centered plan, including but not limited to completion of forms for benefits, social/relationship skill building activities and other identified tasks as identified by medical necessity criteria: community inclusion, participation, and productivity.
  • Will follow the Michigan CPSS Code of Ethics once certified.
  • CPSSs will role model competency in recovery and ongoing coping skills.
  • Assist non-consumer staff in identifying program environments that are conductive to recovery; lend their unique insight into mental illness and what makes recovery possible.
  • Using their unique recovery experience, the CPSSs will teach and role model the value of every individual’s recovery experience, assist the consumer in obtaining decent and affordable housing of his or her choice in the most integrated, independent, and least intrusive environment, and model effective coping techniques and self-help strategies.
  • The CPSSs will maintain a working knowledge of current trends and developments in the mental health field by reading books, journals and other relevant materials.
  • The CPSSs will serve as a recovery agent by providing and advocating for effective recovery based services, assist consumers in obtaining services that suit that individual’s recovery needs, inform consumers about community and natural supports and how to utilize these in the recovery process, and assist consumers in developing empowerment skills through self-advocacy and stigma-busting.
  • CPSS will work with a multi-disciplinary team to develop safety and support plans for those experiencing a mental health crisis.



  • Must possess a High School Diploma and/or a GED and be able to show proof if requested.
  • Must be or have been a public mental health consumer from Community Mental Health.
  • Must have been diagnosed and treated for mental health issue(s) for at least a year
  • Must be willing to share recovery story when appropriate
  • Must be an individual who is committed to his/her own personal recovery and who expects recovery for all consumers.
  • Must have computer skills.



Must attend full certification training as deemed appropriate by supervisory staff within nine months of hire in date.