Youth Peer Support Partner - Lewiston

  • Lewsiton, ME
  • Maine Behavioral Healthcare
  • Full Time - Day/Evening
  • Behavioral Health
  • Req #: 136161
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Are you looking for a job where YOU can make a DIFFERENCE in young people’s lives?  Where YOUR ideas and lived experiences MATTER?  

If so, please consider joining the Youth Peer Support team at Maine Behavioral Healthcare!


Peer Support Partners have struggled with challenges maintaining mental health, recovery from substance use or both.  They have demonstrated resiliency and perseverance in their own wellness or recovery.  A Peer Support Partner 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.*


As a Peer Support Partner, you will provide one-on-one support and outreach to people in the community, at their homes, and/or at the location where the peer works, such as substance use treatment programs or emergency department.  Peer Support Partners also provide group facilitation in various topics related to the setting in which they work, including topics such as substance use, wellness, boundaries, self-esteem, healthy relationships, etc.


In addition, you’ll support people in connecting to wellness/recovery opportunities in the community and accessing other community support services when appropriate.  Peer Support Partners do not provide clinical assessment or traditional service provider functions within the team, but rather use peer support to build mutually supportive relationships that allow each person to grow and learn together.  Peer Support Partners manage conflict and disagreements according to agency and peer support values, and are required to have or obtain a certification in Intentional Peer Support.

*In order to comply with grant funding obligations imposed by the State of Maine and to meet the operational necessities of the peer support program, it is a bona fide occupational qualification for applicants to be within the ages of 18 and 26.


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To be considered for this role, please copy and paste the template below into a cover letter and include this document as an attachment to your application.  Please provide 1 – 3 sentence answers to the questions below, unless otherwise noted as a Y/N question. 

DO NOT include diagnoses and/or criminal history in your answers!  We will not accept this information or pass it along to our hiring managers.



    1.  Have you struggled with challenges maintaining mental health, recovery from substance use or both during your youth?

    CHOOSE ONE:  Yes / No

    2.    Are you willing to self-identify on that basis and communicate about your lived experience to build mutually-supportive peer support relationships?

    CHOOSE ONE:  Yes / No

    3. Are you between the ages of 18-26 years old?

    CHOOSE ONE:  Yes / No

    4.    Are you trained in Intentional Peer Support? Whether or not you have had training, can you describe what you like most about the model?

    3-4 sentences:  ________________________

    5.    Within peer support, we look at mental health through more than just a clinical perspective. This means thinking about mental health beyond simply diagnoses and medication or something to be “fixed.” How do you think that non-clinical perspectives can be beneficial and/or empowering?

    3-4 sentences:  ________________________

    6.   Intentional Peer Support pushes us to challenge mental health systems and other structures in our society, to make them work better for all people. Please offer some brief thoughts on the importance of social justice in your life.

    3-4 sentences:  ________________________

    7. The 3 principles of Intentional Peer Support are learning together versus helping, the relationship versus the individual, and hope and possibility versus fear. Please choose one of these principles and explain how and why you think it is important in peer support relationships.

    3-4 sentences:  ________________________


Position Summary

The Youth Peer Support Partner will facilitate 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 facilitate 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 includes 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)

  1. Education: High school diploma or equivalent preferred. Some college preferred.   
  2. For Youth Peer Support Statewide Network: must be between the ages of 18-26 years old.   
  3. A personal history of significant mental health/substance use challenges, and a wellness or change story during youth that guides peer relationships is required.
  4. License/Certifications:
    1. 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.
    2. Employment will be contingent on the above certification guidelines. 
    3. Driving license and reliable transportation.
  5. Experience:
    1. Experience providing one-on-one and/or group facilitation peer support is preferred.
    2. Ability to articulate the unique nature of Peer Support within traditional service programs and larger social change
    3. Good communication skills and an ability to maintain collaborative relationships with stakeholders.
    4. Willingness to further develop communication skills (i.e. written, verbal, and computer.)
    5. Demonstrated ability to keep focus on continual learning and growth in peer support practices
    6. Ability to work a flexible work schedule, including evenings and weekends
    7. Computer proficiency required with ability to demonstrate basic computer skills in using Microsoft Office and Outlook email
    8. Demonstrates ability to work independently and collaboratively.

We offer benefits that support an individual's needs for today and flexibility to plan for tomorrow. Our package includes health and dental insurances, paid parental leave, retirement program, generous paid time off, and much more! Our comprehensive array of benefits are competitive, affordable, and include choices that meet specific, but ever changing, needs.

MaineHealth is a not-for-profit integrated health system consisting of eight local hospital systems, a comprehensive behavioral healthcare network, diagnostic services, home health agencies, and over 19,000 employees. It is the largest health system in northern New England and provides preventive care, diagnosis and treatment to 1.1 million residents in Maine and New Hampshire.

With a career at any of the MaineHealth locations, you’ll be working with healthcare professionals that truly value the people around them – both within the walls of the organization and the neighborhoods that surround it. We are deeply invested in the wellbeing of our communities and employees. We believe in fostering a work environment of strong commitment, compassionate caring and continuous improvement. Our care – and the science behind that care – is top rate. Join us and your abilities will be challenged and enhanced as you take your career to another level.


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