JusticePoint Peer Support Specialist

NOTE: Part and Full Time Positions Available (please specify preference when submitting application)

Job Description

The JusticePoint Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS) engages and encourages peers in recovery. The CPRS will function as a role model to peers by demonstrating competency in personal recovery and the use of coping/recovery skills. The goal is to promote engagement, self-direction, and recovery skills so the peer can gain independent mastery over their own recovery. The CPRS works with peers as equals. The position would support participants in the Ramsey County Treatment Courts.

 This opening is not a general case management or social work position. It is specifically for individuals who have or are seeking Peer Recovery Specialist certification, have a history of diagnosed substance use disorders, and are willing to openly share their recovery story. Those applying for the position should be able to understand and articulate the role and duties of a Peer Recovery Specialist.


  • Certified Peer Recovery Specialist through the Minnesota Certification Board (or ready to obtain certification within six months)

  • Personal experience with successful sobriety and/or recovery for at least one year prior to date of hire

  • Must have knowledge of various Ramsey County substance abuse recovery support services

  • Basic office and computer skills required, including use of Microsoft Office products and general ability to learn and utilize databases

  • Preferred experience in facilitation of curriculum-based group programming, such as Wellness Recovery Action Plans (WRAP), Seeking Safety, or Thinking for a Change (T4C)


  • Be mindful of the ethics, boundaries, power and control issues unique to the CPRS role

  • Provide trauma informed, culturally sensitive, and age appropriate services specific to each peer

  • Maintain accurate, timely, and appropriate records as well as the privacy of those records

  • Engage peers individually or in groups using evidence-based tools and curricula to teach social skills, problem solving, coping and recovery skills, and mindfulness or grounding skills

  • Model, and be willing to role-play, social and recovery skills as necessary to promote self-empowerment of peers

  • Share their personal experiences and the skills, strengths, and supports they use for recovery

  • Encourage peers to become self-directed, focus on their strengths, exercise use of natural supports, develop their own recovery goals and strengthen valued roles within their community

  • Research, locate, and engage resources that are beneficial to peers needs and desires

  • Maintain a working knowledge of trends and developments in the mental health, social work, and substance use field by reading relevant materials and/or by attending training opportunities

  • Other duties as assigned that are consistent with the role of a CPRS

 Position Terms

  • Full Time and Part Time (please specify preference when submitting application in submission form)