Certified Peer Specialist - Addictive Disease/CARES

450 Winn Way, Decatur, GA 30030, USA Req #824
Monday, June 24, 2024

Claratel Behavioral Health is an innovative, community-based organization in metropolitan Atlanta offering comprehensive mental health, developmental disabilities, and substance abuse services to over 11,000 uninsured and underinsured citizens annually. Operating over 20 locations in DeKalb County with a diverse workforce of 500+ staff, our dedicated team provides high-quality, evidence-based care to help clients and their families recover and thrive. Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), we strive to ensure disabilities no longer limit potential. Read more about our recent CARF accreditation here.


At Claratel, we are dedicated to providing care that is client-centered, recovery-focused, and trauma-informed, ensuring a holistic and empathetic approach to each individual's unique journey


Certified Peer Specialist - AD / CARES

Clifton Springs - Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic


The Certified Peer Specialist – AD (or CARES) is an integral part of the Certified Community Behavioral Health Program at the Clifton Springs Mental Health Center. Under general supervision, the CPS provides recovery support to persons with primary substance use disorders. Building on the strengths and resilience of the individual, the CPS serves as a consumer advocate; utilizes lived experience to provide skills development and support in the areas of self-advocacy, maintenance of community living, self-directed recovery, and relapse prevention planning.





  • Is a member of and participates in interdisciplinary treatment team meetings to assist the person served in advocating for their treatment needs based on strengths, needs, abilities, and preferences and with natural supports and other providers, as appropriate.
  • Provides individual and/or group skill-building and support interventions to assist persons served to develop the skills, tools, and resources to advocate for themselves, direct their care, manage their symptoms, and live, work, and engage in the community of their choice.
  • Provides timely, high-quality documentation for all service contacts including individual and group.
  • Meets regularly with Clinic Director as a means of enhancing professional growth, reviewing and evaluating the provision of peer support services, and attend to required administrative issues.
  • Is responsible for making outreach to all clients assigned to caseload a minimum of twice per month.
  • Maintains ethical standards and immediately communicates issues of safety and/or client health changes to Clinic Director.




  • Certification by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network as a CPS-AD OR certification through the Georgia Council on Substance Abuse as a Certified Addiction Recovery Empowerment Specialist (CARES)
  • One year of experience working in a behavioral health setting
  • A Bachelor’s degree in a Human Services or related field, a plus
  • Possesses basic computer skills and ability to utilize electronic health records
  • Competency in teaching recovery and life skills, understanding how to engage individuals in treatment & development of self-advocacy, care coordination skills




  • Must be able to drive, climb stairs, and walk at least 1 block
  • Services will be provided in office and office-based telehealth
  • Hours of availability are 8:15am – 5pm and can vary based on need of clients to include evenings and weekends




  • Must be able to multi-task and have strong work ethic
  • Ability to take responsibility and direction regarding the process of services
  • Must be self-directed and able to work independently
  • Must be able to work with diverse populations and cultures
  • Must have knowledge of addictive disease and recovery
  • Must have ability to work from a recovery-focused, person-centered, trauma-informed care model

Please note that due to the high volume of applications we have received, we regret to inform you that only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. We appreciate your understanding and wish you the best of luck with your job search.  Applicants will be subject to an FBI Criminal History Record Check.

                                                              Claratel is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer (EOE)


It has been and will continue to be a fundamental policy of Claratel not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, gender, gender identity, pregnancy, marital or partnership status, domestic violence victim status, sexual orientation, age, national origin, alienage or citizenship status, veteran or military status, disability, medical condition, genetic information, caregiver status, unemployment status or any other characteristic prohibited by federal, state and/or local laws.  This policy applies to all aspects of employment, including hiring, promotion, demotion, compensation, training, working conditions, transfer, job assignments, benefits, layoff and termination

Claratel Behavioral Health participates in E-Verify (Company ID: 226305).

Our Mission: Claratel Behavioral Health strives to provide the right service, for the right person, at the right time.

Our Vision: Claratel Behavioral Health envisions a community in which disabilities no longer limit potential.

Our Values:

  • Providing inspirational leadership in marshaling resources to achieve our vision
  • Being an industry leader in public sector service delivery
  • Having talented and well trained staff that is client and mission focused
  • Offering a full service continuum with a collaborative spirit
  • Being the provider of choice, the employer of choice and the board of choice




Other details

  • Job Family Peer
  • Pay Type Hourly
  • Employment Indicator REGULAR
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  • 450 Winn Way, Decatur, GA 30030, USA