Peer Support Specialist – Young Adult

Bureau: Behavioral Health Services / Recovery Community Support Services

Position Type: Full-time County Contractual
Date Posted: 7/13/22 | Date Closing: Open until filled
Location: 839 Bestgate Road, Annapolis, MD 21401
Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Salary: 16.50 per hour
Benefits: Participation in the County’s group health plan including prescription, dental, and optical, paid holidays and sick leave. Optional deferred compensation program at employee’s own expense.

Job Description

Nature of Work: Serves as an integral part of Anne Arundel County’s larger system of care through using personal lived experience to connect with, validate, inspire and provide support to youth at risk of opioid and stimulant misuse. Increase community awareness of substance use disorder (SUD) challenges among youth and what helps to cope with these challenges. Assist referred youth in developing self-advocacy and negotiating skills. Serve as a role model to youth in communication, health and wellness, and conflict resolution. Share lived-experience in the recovery process, as appropriate, to establish credibility and trust with youth and their families. Partner with youth and if applicable, their care team, to identify youth strengths, needs and goals. Support youth in developing specific, practical steps to reach their recovery goals; achieving recovery goals; engagement in services, articulate preferences and concerns, and identify people within their support network and new resources that will support their personal goal attainment. Facilitate individual and group meetings with youth that promote sharing, learning and growth. These meetings are designed to meet the needs of the youth in a particular context – thus may be manual led, unstructured topical groups, skill-based groups or social events. Engage in community outreach and education. Assist LBHA, schools and community service providers with championing initiatives to increase youth client engagement in services. Share lived-experience as part of team outreach and education efforts.

Minimum Qualifications

Education: High School Diploma or Equivalency (GED)
Experience: 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.
License or Certification: 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.
Notes: Must be 18 to 30 years of age and have a personal vehicle for travel. Must provide a personal recovery statement describing what skills and abilities he/she has to offer.

How to Apply

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications can apply.

Send a completed County application or resume to:
Human Resources, 3 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis, MD 21401

Fax to 410-222-4392 or email

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