Certified Peer Support Specialist


 Certified Peer Support Specialist

Union Category: XI

FTE: Full Time

Location: Duluth, MN

Salary: $17.58 -$23.86 (Dependent upon Experience)

Benefit Eligible - Yes



The Certified Peer Specialist (Peer Specialist) will provide behavioral health services that foster supportive peer relationships with clients in the various community support programs.Certified peer specialists are individuals who have had personal experience of mental illness and are trained to be direct service mental health staff. Applicants must have completed the DHS State approved training and be certified as a Peer Specialist. 


-  To work effectively within the Community Support Program and other HDC Programs providing Peer Support to the clients of HDC. 

-  The PSS (Peer Support Specialist) is an integral member of the team and assists in the development of a culture of recovery and peer support by engaging in and supporting person centered services.

-  Have knowledge of, and be able to teach skills related to coping, relapse prevention, and basic household and living skills.

-  Assessing needs and applying interventions appropriately. 

-  Be able to complete functional assessments and treatment plans, daily progress notes, and all other required paperwork.

-  The PSS must be able to maintain appropriate boundaries in a variety of settings and situations, be able to establish a trusting relationship with peers, and have excellent interpersonal skills, and maintain an excellent working relationship with colleagues.

-  The PSS must be detailed oriented with good writing and organizational abilities. Must be able to network within the community and work with diverse populations.


-  Must be Certified by MN Department of Human Services as a Certified Peer Support Specialist by completing the State of MN Certified Peer Specialist Training.

-  Must meet the qualifications of a Mental Health Practitioner in Minnesota Statute 2451.04

o  Bachelor's degree in human services or related field and 2,000 hours of mental health experience.

OR high school diploma and 6,000 hours of mental health experience.

-  The applicant has identified self as a person who has direct personal experience living with a mental illness and/or chemical dependency. 

-  Must have valid driver's license, reliable transportation, current proof of vehicle registration and ability to pass DMV/Criminal background check. 


-  Flexible Scheduling

-  Paid Supervision during licensure

-  Extensive fully paid trainings and certifications, including EMDR, TF-CBT, DBT, ECMH, and many more.

-  Personal Training/License renewal budget

-  Emphasis on work/life balance with manageable caseloads (agency average of 60 sessions per month) Starting on 1/1/2024 start working smarter, not longer. Have the opportunity to work 36 hours every week while still getting paid for 40 hours worked. 

-  Ability to work collaboratively with team and community partners.

-  Unapparelled opportunity for growth and advancement in largest, most comprehensive behavioral health clinic north of the Twin Cities. 

-  Full Benefit Package including Vacation, Sick Time, Personal Time, Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, and matching 401K.

OBTAINING APPLICATIONS: Apply online at https://hdcnorth.org/

FILING APPLICATIONS:  APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED OR POST-MARKED BY THE CLOSING DATE: OPEN UNTIL FILLED Job applicants must meet all minimum qualifications.  It is the responsibility of the applicant to verify that applications are on file on or before the closing date.

The Human Development Center

Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer

 Minorities Encouraged to Apply