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Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare Peer Wellness Specialist in Portland, Oregon

Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare, one of the largest community behavioral health providers in the state of Oregon, delivers whole health care -- integrated mental health and addiction services, primary care and housing -- to support our communities. Our approach is recovery-oriented and trauma-informed. Cascadia hires innovative, compassionate and dedicated staff who are aligned with trauma-informed care and who are committed to working effectively with diverse community populations, and who are expected to strengthen such capacity if hired.

This is a part-time position (20 hours/week) located at one of Cascadia's outpatient Health Centers in NE Portland, Garlington Center. The schedule is during Monday - Friday with various hours. A detailed scheduled will be determined by the hiring manager.

The PWS will work as a member of an interdisciplinary team to implement and monitor treatment for individuals being served while supporting a Trauma Informed Care perspective. With the high prevalence of trauma among individuals receiving mental health services, it is required the PWS understand the effects of trauma on health, coping, and other aspects of the lives of those we serve. In addition, this position involves participation and implementation of program goals and objectives by providing a set of non-clinical activities that will promote a strengths-based, wellness-informed, client centered approach to assisting individuals being served in achieving person-driven goals. The PWS will advocate for the individual and support them to pursue their personal goals and individual wellness journey. As such, the structure and activities promote client driven goals established on the service plan.

Essential Responsibilities

This position description is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of responsibilities, skills, or working conditions associated with the position. Management reserves the right to modify, add or remove duties as necessary.

  • Openly identify as a person who has lived the experience of receiving mental health services. Act as a positive role model for individuals being served, showing a recovery and healthful lifestyle orientation. Share own recovery story with individuals being served when appropriate.

  • Provide therapeutic interventions with individuals in the variety setting as required and directed by the mental health treatment plan.

  • Provide individual and/or group support in living skills, creation of healthful lifestyles, and support in areas such as self-care, holistic wellness, hygiene, community resources, and other life skills as directed by the plan of care and/or goals of this program.

  • May facilitate one or more therapeutic groups per week.

  • Participate in regular clinical and task supervisions. PWS will attend clinical case conferences and staff meetings as indicated to gain knowledge, communicate program goals and advocate for the needs of the individuals being served.

  • Comply with and implement the regulations, policies, and procedures which pertain to peer delivered service goals and protocol.

  • Assist in crisis situations as appropriate, following emergency protocols/procedures and coordinating with the treatment team with interventions which support a trauma informed environment for program participants and staff. Prevent escalation and work to prevent physical and mechanical restraint techniques, avoiding crisis situations or neutralizing crises in progress. This position will not participate in mechanical restraint or restraint training.

  • Administer outcome measurement tools with individuals being served and participate in data collection.

  • Reflect positive peer values that include non-hierarchy and mutuality.

  • Document and maintain electronic health record (EHR) and ancillary records in a manner that assures compliance with all agency policies, program procedures and local, state, and federal regulations. Maintain accurate and up-to-date documentation associated with billing, assessment, treatment, program participant's progress and other activities as required.

  • Provide input into the therapeutic treatment at the program in collaboration with individual being served and case manager.

  • Actively support team members and other managerial and/or volunteer staff.

  • Act as an advocate for individuals being served, both within the organization and also with other entities.

  • Represent the Peer Wellness Program at community, state, and /or national functions as indicated related to the work of the Peer Wellness Program.

  • May teach clients how to navigate community resources, including but not limited to housing and mass transit.

  • Respect and honor client rights and responsibilities and demonstrate professional boundaries and ethics.

  • Demonstrate responsibility for safety of consumers and/or program participants, staff and property. Become familiar with fire regulations and evacuation procedures.

  • Adhere to mandatory abuse reporting laws and HIPAA requirements.

  • Remain awake on all shifts.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Secondary Responsibilities:

  • Complete annual employee training requirements on a timely basis as indicated in the licensing requirements for the facility as well as agency requirements. Attend seminars, training and other educational opportunities in order to develop professional skills and abilities.

  • Participate in all scheduled staff meetings, supervision sessions, and other departmental and agency meetings.

This position is represented by a Labor Union


A completed Peer Wellness Training approved by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA).

A Traditional Healthcare Worker (THW) certification is required in addition and must be kept current and in compliance with the OAR's.


Position requires experience as a former or current user of mental health services.

Must self-disclose as a current or former user of behavioral health services and must have personal experience with recovery.

Prior work experience and/or knowledge of aging and physical disability is needed to be successful in this role.

Specialized Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge in areas of Aging and physical disability

  • Operate computer hardware and software (including Electronic Health Record software) at a level needed to effectively perform job functions

  • Enter and retrieve data

  • Prepare simple reports and progress notes


It is preferred that the employee possess a valid driver's license, three year driving history; clean driving record, ability to pass Driver Motor Vehicle (DMV) check and complete the Cascadia online Defensive Driving course.

The physical demands of this position will require the ability to perform the essential functions without compromising client care. For more inquiries about physical requirements or if you request an accommodation, please contact

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to any protected status. Cascadia is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Protected Veterans/Disabled