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Peer Support Specialist: Deaf

  • East Boston, MA
  • Experience
  • Full Time (40 Hours)
  • East Boston, MA

Job Summary

The Deaf Peer Support Specialist position is designated for a person who identifies as having lived experience relevant to their certification and is willing to shares that experience for the benefit of the people they support and helps others to access resources and supports that will allow them full access to the community of their choice.  The Deaf Peer Support Specialist may be a Certified Peer Specialist, a Certified Addiction Recovery Coach, or a Family Partner.  The Deaf Peer Support specialist has a goal of supporting other Deaf and Hard of Hearing persons to live a life of their choosing by accessing resources, community, adaptive accommodations and equipment, and education that will allow them to live a life of their choosing.

The ACCS Program uses clinical and evidence based practices to uncover motivation while working with people to establish meaningful treatment plans and cultivate recovery. Each individual in the program is assigned a primary clinician and works with an integrated team composed of licensed clinicians, peer/recovery specialists and others to meet their individual needs.  This position requires excellent communication, writing, and organizational skills and the ability to work independently in the community. Extensive training is provided and ongoing training is available and encouraged.


  1. Support persons served through Life and Care transitions, including visiting a hospital or other restrictive setting in order to provide connection and transition planning.
  2. Help clients establish goals to aid in their recovery
  3. Educate non-peer staff about self-directed care and how to best support a person through risk and crisis situations.
  4. Use peer-supported Evidence Based Practices including WRAP, Motivational Interviewing, mindfulness exercises as defined by DBT, Stages of Change, and others as determined by a person’s treatment plan and what the person has determined will be helpful to them.
  5. Commit to becoming an Agent of Change through presenting regular trainings and periodic in-service trainings for non-peer staff that promote the recovery perspective, emphasize the power of self-determination, and educate others about the peer role.
  6. Provide support through self-disclosure of one’s own experiences and the tenets of Recovery to develop the skills for self-advocacy and self-determination through mutual relationships.
  7. Facilitate and co-facilitate skill-building, mutually supportive groups that allow for natural connections among persons served, build capacity and knowledge, and emphasize the importance of quality of life activities and community membership.
  8. Actively participate in North Suffolk peer team membership through recovery events
    Seek Continuing Education in the Peer Support field to ensure that best practices are upheld and that emerging evidence is incorporated into the work
  9. Adherence to Agency Safety and Risk Mitigation policies and protocols



  • High School Diploma/GED equivalent required. Bachelor’s Degree highly preferred.
  • Must possess or be willing/eligible to obtain one of the following Certifications within the first six months of employment:

Certified Peer Specialist (CPS), Certified Addiction Recovery Coach (CARC), or Family Partner



  • Must identify as having Lived Experience of a Mental Health Diagnosis, a Substance Use Addiction, Extreme States, or Trauma that has caused significant life disruption and possess a desire to share those experiences in a purposeful and intentional way to influence the mental health system and provide recovery oriented support to those in ACCS services.
  • Must identify as personally being deaf and/or hard of hearing, or be fluent in ASL, and be able to use video and other adaptive equipment.


  • Driver’s license preferred but not required.  Must be CPR/first aid certified within three months of hire.

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