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Veterans Peer Specialist

Cascade Community Healthcare
Centralia, WA
  • Posted: over a month ago
  • $18 Hourly
  • Full-Time
Job Description
Salary: $18.00/hour

"Serving our community with acceptance, compassion and respect"


Cascade Community Healthcare (CCH) has been providing treatment services to Lewis County and surrounding areas for more than 50 years. Our mission is to provide our clients with compassionate and encouraging counseling leading to a renewed sense of hope and the ability to make positive changes and live more satisfying lives. We currently have six treatment locations in Lewis County.

Cascade is currently seeking a Peer Specialist to join our Care Coordination Team! Peer Specialists perform a variety of therapeutic and supportive tasks that include assisting Veterans in articulating their goals for recovery, learning and practicing new skills, helping them monitor their progress, assisting them in their treatment, modeling effective coping techniques and self-help strategies based on the peer specialist’s own recovery experience, and supporting them in advocating for themselves to obtain effective services.  The position assists Veterans in treatment, based on the principles of recovery, wellness, and resiliency, by promoting self-determination, personal responsibility, and the empowerment inherent in self-directed recovery. By inspiring hope that recovery, wellness and resiliency are achievable goals, the position can assist and empower Veterans, who are diagnosed with mental illnesses and/or co-occurring disorders, as well as other chronic illnesses or injuries, to achieve their personal recovery goals. The position performs a wide range of tasks to assist Veterans in regaining independence within the community and mastery over their own recovery and wellness process. 

Cascade Community Healthcare, as a healthcare facility, must comply with the Washington State Governor’s mandatory vaccination proclamation. The proclamation states all employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 18th. Exemptions from the vaccine requirement are allowed for those individuals who are entitled to a disability-related reasonable accommodation or a sincerely held religious belief accommodation.


  • Willing to share their own lived experiences to provide hope and Peer support to individuals and groups experiencing similar challenges.
  • Able to share resources and information within multiple systems in an individualized manner so that participants feel supported.
  • Must be able to assist participants in developing self- advocacy and natural supports.
  • Must be willing to assist participants in developing, maintaining, or attaining community living skills.
  • Able to engage and collaborate with people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Able to maintain a non-judgmental attitude towards participants.
  • Must maintain compliance with HIPAA and fulfill duty as a mandated reporter.
  • Must receive regular supervision from a Mental Health Professional.
  • Other duties as assigned.


The work is primarily sedentary. Typically, the employee sits to do the work. There may be some walking, standing, bending, carrying of light items (such as books, papers), and accessing transportation Veterans demonstrate varying levels of wellness, recovery, and symptoms. This position must be equipped to be flexible and accept that work areas are often noisy, irregular, unpredictable, and stressful. Work is performed in a wide range of settings including medical offices, individual, group or family homes, community-based outpatient settings, community organizations, or in transport vehicles (public or government).


  • High School Diploma or GED required, A.A. degree preferred.
  • Washington State Counselor credential required.
  • Washington State certification as Peer counselor required.
  • Bilingual preferred (Must be fluent in English and Spanish).
  • Training in advocacy/support preferred.
  • Must be able to pass WA State Patrol and/or national background checks.
  • Must have military experience or have an immediate family member that is/was in the military.
  • Two years’ experience working in a social service setting preferred.
  • Must be able to work as part of a coordinated team.
  • Must be available to work a flexible schedule, including weekends as needed.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license.
  • Must be able to operate a motor vehicle.
  • Must maintain current home telephone and address on file with the personnel office.


  • Meaningful work. The services we provide have a big impact and it makes what we do count.
  • Self-Care, time away from work. Start off with 13 hours of paid time off (PTO) earned monthly, and 11 paid holidays plus one personal holiday. Pro-rated based on FTE. PTO and Personal Holiday are available after 90-days of employment. 
  • Health Benefits. Medical, dental, and vision. HSA and FSA options available.
  • Additional benefits: Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Teladoc, AD&D Group Life Insurance, and voluntary long-term disability.
  • Preparing for your Future. 401(k), after 6-months of employment Cascade contributes 5% of your gross earnings monthly. No match required.
  • Working towards licensure? We have Team Managers that will provide those hours at no charge to you.
  • Cascade covers the cost of Department of Health licensure renewals and other certification renewals that are required for you to do your job (DEA, CPR/BLS, etc.).
  • Cascade is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Because our team members are trusted to handle confidential information and work with a vulnerable population, we require that all candidates that receive and accept employment offers to  complete a background check before being hired.

Cascade Community Healthcare


Centralia, WA
98531 USA



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