Peer Specialist - Evenings 1:30p-10:15p

450 Winn Way, Decatur, GA 30030, USA Req #832
Friday, July 5, 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




The DeKalb Regional Crisis Center provides crisis intervention and stabilization services for adults.  The Center offers three levels of care starting with the Crisis Services Center unit that receives walk-ins, transfers from emergency rooms, and involuntary referrals for evaluation.  If further observation is needed, individuals are monitored in the Temporary Observation Unit for 12-24 hours.  Individuals needing a longer period of stabilization or substance withdrawal management (usually 5-7 days) are admitted to the Crisis Stabilization Unit where ongoing care includes crisis counseling, medication, and assistance with discharge planning.


The Certified Peer Specialist is an integral part of the DeKalb Regional Crisis Center, which provides crisis evaluation, stabilization, and withdrawal management to individuals with mental illness and substance use disorders. Under immediate to general supervision, the Certified Peer Specialist provides peer support services that include serving as a client advocate, skill-building, problem solving, and building self-directed recovery goals.




  • Provides early engagement, orientation to services, and support to clients;
  • May provide recovery-oriented, psycho-educational groups, under the direction of the Social Services Manager, in the areas of resource utilization, discharge planning, and recovery action planning;
  • Assists in providing consistent care coordination and skills training;
  • Provides WRAP development;
  • Completes Georgia Supportive Housing Surveys;
  •  Assists in discharge planning and aftercare follow-up;
  • Educates and advocates with family members and other caregivers to support individuals in their recovery;
  • Is a role model of recovery, flexibility, and professionalism;
  • Documents all contacts and completes progress notes according to agency standards;
  • Works cohesively with co-workers, physicians, nurses, counselors, techs, administrative staff, agency administration, & family members;
  • Possesses basic computer skills & utilize electronic medical records daily;
  • Adheres to the CPS Code of Ethics and the DeKalb CSB Core Ethical Values;
  • Possesses skills to carry out the expectations in the approved DBHDD Job Description as appropriate to the duties of this position.
  • Additional duties may be assigned by the Social Services Manager or the Director, as needed.


  • Works in a crisis setting and may encounter individuals who exhibit unexpected behaviors.
  • Must be able to complete the Crisis Prevention Institute training.
  • Must be able to lift 25 lbs.
  • Position requires considerable walking and standing.
  • Able to communicate effectively and professionally with co-workers, law enforcement, persons served, family members, as well as the public.
  • At least two years’ experience in a behavioral health setting providing case management/community support services
  • Proficient technology skills to be able to use electronic medical record, computer, telehealth system, and cell phone;
  • Care coordination skills to assist individuals with accessing/linking to additional resources and/or services within the agency and/or community


  • Georgia certification as a Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) or Certified Addiction Recovery Empowerment Specialist (CARES);
  • 6 months experience working/volunteering in the capacity of CPS/CARES with individuals diagnosed with mental illness and/or substance use disorders;
  • Competency in teaching basic group skills, understanding how to engage individuals in treatment & development of self-advocacy;
  • Minimum of High School diploma;
  • Proficient computer skills to be able to use electronic medical records;


  • 2 years’ work experience in a similar setting/situation.
  • Care coordination skills to assist individuals with accessing/linking to additional resources and/or services within the agency and/or community.
  • Must have transportation to and from work, strong interpersonal skills & be a positive team player.


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