Employment Type
Job Location
1060 Webber Street, The Dalles, 97058
Base Salary
$17-$18.75 Per hour
Date posted
May 2, 2023
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Position title
Drop-In Center Youth Peer Partner

.6 FTE (22.5 hrs) - Benefit Eligible 

IntroductionThe Youth Peer Partner for the Youth Drop-in Center empowers youth and young adults with behavioral, mental health, and other challenges by providing a variety of recovery-oriented services to individuals. This position works with individuals to promote greater independence, community integration and recovery for mental wellness.


Essential Responsibilities of the Classification: (The following lists include the essential functions of the position.  It does not include, however, all of the responsibilities the position may be asked to perform.)

  • Meet regularly with consumers; train consumers in independent living skills and model same behaviors; provide feedback in the form of documentation describing interactions with consumers.
  • Maintain client documentation within scope of position using an electronic health record system.
  • Advocate on behalf of consumers and promote self-advocacy; maintain consumer networks in the community. Conduct outreach activities in local communities.
  • Communicate with treatment team about problems or concerns; participate in on-going support network with other Peer Support Coordinators. Participate in team meetings with other MCCFL Peer Support Coordinators and volunteers.
  • Coordinate and facilitate oversight of outings/activities. Facilitate group planning of activity; ensure the group is in agreement. Accompany group on outings; ensure safety; provide transportation as required and appropriate.
  • Provide coverage for other Peer Support Coordinators as needed.
  • Ensure that safety procedures are followed.


Position-specific Essential Responsibilities of the Drop-in Center Youth Peer Partner (This position may include any of the aforementioned general responsibilities plus the following):

  • Support individuals in self-identifying their areas of need; support individuals in communicating these needs to members of their team (therapist, skills trainer, or other outside of the agency supports).
  • Monitor and assess general behaviors and activity levels, and the quality of client interactions; intervene as necessary or request assistance. Identify and resolve routine day-to-day program issues that may arise; refer non-routine issues to the Program Supervisor.
  • Facilitate access to resources (public and private sector).  Coach and support young people as they make calls to access resources; provide guidance in completing forms and applications.
  • Provide support and model self-advocacy on site and while accompanying youth on outings in the community.
  • Empower young people to articulate their concerns and needs effectively; maintain local resource information for young people to access independently; educate young people in resource research and how to access resources independently.  Support the development and connection of young people to natural supports within their community.
  • Oversee and direct youth in a teaching kitchen setting, learning to prepare meals to meet basic needs.
  • Attend staff meetings and scheduled supplementary trainings; complete and submit scheduled reports, timesheets, progress notes, and other paperwork as required.  Adhere to staff policies and procedures; review and sign confidentiality statement annually; review and sign code of ethics annually.
  • Participate, as able, in evaluations of Peer Delivered Service Program efficacy and in program quality improvement activities.

Job Specifications: Any combination of experience and training equivalent to the following is qualifying:


  • Qualifying experience and training typically includes a high school diploma or GED.  The successful applicant must hold, or be able to obtain within a reasonable time frame, an Oregon Health Authority certification as a Peer Delivered Service Provider. Certification as a Peer Support Specialist (PSS) – Youth Support through completion of the PeerPlus training within 6 months of hire (MCCFL covers cost of training and paid hours for completion of this training after hire). Such certification must be current and valid at all times.
  • Because the services provided by the position are through a peer-to-peer model, preference may be given to individuals who have previous or current involvement as a behavioral health consumer, and/or individuals who possess a “lived” experience dealing with psychiatric disabilities and/or the legal system.  Such experience does not, however, in itself constitute a guarantee of employment.
  • Knowledge of youth bill of rights and support principles, current youth, young adult, and family mental health and other disability issues nationally, in Oregon, and locally is preferred.
  • Prior knowledge of (or experience with) laws and policies related to special education, mental health and other disabilities, child welfare, and juvenile justice preferred.
  • Must possess and maintain a current food handler’s permit.
  • Must possess a valid Oregon or Washington Driver's License, maintain an acceptable driving record and be insurable for client service purposes and for travel between business office for meetings and/or trainings. This position must pass all criminal history check requirements as required by ORS 181.536 to 181.537, and in accordance with OAR 407-007-0220 to 407-007-0370.

Position # 2023270

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