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Peer Specialist - Detox

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Aurora Mental Health Center
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Denver Metro
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Health & Mental Health
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Our Mission.

The Aurora Mental Health Center is dedicated to helping people Live Life to the Fullest. If you are passionate about our Core Values; Passionate Caring, Rising to the Challenge, Honoring and Respecting all Persons, Believe in Resilience and Putting Client and Community First, we would like to invite you to join our family!

About the team.

The Detox Center provides quality Withdrawal Management services to individuals struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. Trained professionals offer services 24/7 in a safe and supportive environment. Services include safe Detoxification from drugs and alcohol, individualized treatment planning, 1 on 1 counseling, group counseling, case management, DUI Education classes, DUI Therapy, Urine Analysis and Breathalyzer Monitoring

Our on-site staff include Addiction Technicians, Case Managers, Peer Coaches, Shift Coordinators, Outreach Technicians, Drug Monitoring Technicians, Financial Coordinators, and Program Management.

About the role.

We are looking for a Peer Specialist for our Detox Center team. This position is a peer position, people with lived experience with substance use disorder, addiction and mental health are strongly encouraged to apply. The Peer Specialist will perform a wide range of tasks to assist peers in regaining independence within the community and mastery over their own recovery process.

Areas of Responsibility


  • Assist clients in articulating personal goals for recovery through one-to-one meetings and group sessions.
  • Support clients in identifying and creating goals and developing recovery plans with the skills, strengths, supports and resources to aid them in achieving those goals.
  • Provide follow-up services with clients after their admission or assessment with Crisis Services, to help ensure successful transition to community-based services.
  • Assist client in working with their case manager or treatment team in determining the steps s/he needs to take in order to achieve these goals and self-directed recovery.
  • Meet with clients in a wide range of settings, including client, group or family homes, in community-based outpatient settings, community agencies.
  • Assist clients in obtaining services that suit the individual’s recovery needs by providing community resources and groups that may be useful. Inform clients about community and natural supports and how to use these in the recovery process.
  • Promote collaboration and sharing of resources for clients in community, food, clothing, transportation, recreation, medical, housing, shelters and employment, as appropriate.
  • Assist clinical staff in maintaining accurate data by outreaching clients’ and meeting with them one-to-one to ensure all forms are up-to-date and entered in the organization's electronic health record.
  • Provide transportation for clients in personal vehicle and/or create access to services in another manner.
  • Assist in navigation and advocacy with clients' appointments and attendance including criminal justice proceedings, medical, and others’ needs.

About you.

The ideal candidate will have lived experience with addiction and substance use challenges. This person should also be familiar with (or have a willingness to learn) Harm Reduction Theory, Trauma Informed Care and Motivational Interviewing.  This position requires a staff person with a high level of comfort working with people un-medicated, who might be experiencing withdrawals, mental health challenges, and/or actively using substances.

  • High school diploma/GED.
  • Lived experience with behavioral health concerns.
  • Completion of a Clinical peer specialist or peer coach course.
  • Preferred: Clinical Peer Specialist certification.
  • Valid Colorado Driver's License with a driving record that meets organization's requirements.
  • Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Ability to use Microsoft Office programs and to learn and utilize electronic health record.
  • Ability to travel to various locations in metro area.
  • Ability to document interactions with clients.
  • Effective verbal and written.

Salary for this role (based on experience and company equity):

  • $13.57 to $17.17 hourly
  • Eligible for Shift Differential


  • Health insurance: Kaiser
  • Dental, vision, and flexible spending accounts(dependent care & health care)
  • Company paid basic life and AD&D insurance
  • Long-term disability coverage*
  • 403(b) retirement plan which provides 100% vesting immediately, and matching contributions up to 4% after one year of employment
  • Paid time-off up to 12 days for full-time first year employees, including 9 Paid Company Holidays, 2 floating holidays, and 12 sick days (hours calculated pro-rata basis)
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Voluntary term life insurance
  • Short term disability*

*Eligible for benefit if working 30 hours per week or more

Additional Perks:

  • Quality Supervision for clinical hours towards licensure at no cost to the employee
  • Loan Forgiveness
  • Continued learning benefit

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Aurora Mental Health Center (AuMHC) and subsidiaries are dedicated to the principles of equal employment opportunity. We prohibit unlawful discrimination against applicants or employees on the basis of age 40 and over, race, sex, color, religion, national origin, disability, military status, genetic information, or any other status protected by applicable state or local law. We are committed to maintaining an environment that respects the dignity of each individual in our community. We do not tolerate discrimination in any form or context including harassment or exclusion.

Diversity Statement.

We are committed to the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and strive to ensure that it is interwoven into the fabric of our organization. We support and nourish an inclusive and welcoming environment for employees from diverse backgrounds.



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