Peer Support Specialist

Hammond, Louisiana

External Description

Merakey is currently seeking a Peer Support Specialist to join our Adult Behavioral Health Division in our Hammond, LA location.


As a member of the Assertive Community Treatment Team or the Forensic Assertive Community Treatment Team, the Peer Specialist acts as a team player and shares in the responsibility of carrying out rehabilitation and support functions and assisting in treatment, substance abuse services, education, support and consultation to under the clinical supervision of staff with professional degrees. The Peer specialist will serve as a role model and advocate in the areas of entitlements, self efficacy, empowerment, and daily activities.

Coach program participants on how to develop and practice skills needed to achieve goals outlined in their recovery plan and for maintaining personal wellness.
• Teach self-advocacy skills.
• Willing to share his or her own recovery experience while being aware that each person's road to recovery is unique.
• Participate in team meetings and promote a recovery perspective.
• Keep team and supervisors informed of problematic issues, obstacles, and accomplishments experienced by individuals in working toward their respective recovery goals.
• Initiate and complete WRAP plans
• Support individuals in the performance of ADLs


Merakey is a leading developmental, behavioral health, and education non-profit provider offering a breadth of integrated services to individuals and communities across the country. We leverage our size and expertise to develop innovative solutions and new models of care to meet the needs of individuals, their families, public and private healthcare funders and community partner organizations.

The work of Merakey is anchored in the firm belief that it is every individual's right to achieve growth, dignity, and fulfillment in their lives. Surrounding professional staff with the best in technology and supports, Merakey is a leader in the industry and remains committed to helping individual at a time.


  • The stability that comes with working for a national leader providing education and human services to individuals with special needs
  • Highly competitive compensation plans
  • Career advancement opportunities in a rapidly growing company
  • Benefits for all employees including marketplace savings program (discounts on cell phone plans, shopping, travel and more); Wellness programs (including discounted gym memberships, mail order prescription plans); legal and financial services; 24-hour nurse hotline; life/disability coverage; and Employee Assistance Program
  • Benefits for qualifying employees including medical, dental & vision coverage; flexible spending account; 403B retirement plan with company contribution
  • Generous PTO plans including vacation, sick, and holiday pay for qualifying employees
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Federal Student Loan Forgiveness Program Qualifications

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In addition to completing your application, please feel free to email your resume directly to our recruiter at

Merakey is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer!

The Peer Support Specialist must have an active driver’s license within the state of Louisiana or ability to transfer. Must possess a High School Diploma. Must meet the requirements set by the State of Louisiana to become certified in Peer Support, if not already certified. Certification requirements are:
Lived Experience: Peer Support Specialists must have lived experience with a behavioral health diagnosis. A behavioral health diagnosis can include a diagnosis with mental health challenges, addiction challenges, or co-occurring disorders.
Peer Support Specialists must have at least twelve (12) months of continuous demonstrated recovery
Be able to complete a 2-week training/76 hour training (locations alter/may be virtual due to COVID)

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