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Veteran Peer Support Specialist

Job Location

Houma, LA, USA


Starting at $16.50 an hour

Type of Job


Published Date

November 15, 2023 at 6:00:00 PM

Job Description

Assist Veterans with suicide prevention services including case management, peer support, and coordination with Veteran Affairs. Will maintain a caseload of clients in need of suicide prevention services that is conducive to recovery from mental illness and improve overall wellness. Majority of time is spent both in office and in the community to deliver services and provide resources to meet the needs of Veterans and their families through outreach, suicide prevention services, and connection to VA and community resources.

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor Degree in social services or human services field OR 

  • High School Diploma or GED and at least two years of behavioral health experience AND must be working towards obtaining the required degree.

  • Be over 18 years of age. 

  • Possess a valid driver’s license 

  • Personal experience of being a Veteran is preferred.

Core Competencies

  • Communicates respectfully and effectively and establishes professional relationships through active listening and demonstration of empathy and positive regard. 

  • Promotes recovery, independence, and personal choice for participants. 

  • Assists clients in identifying strengths, needs, and realistic goals to develop a service plan. 

  • Accurately identifies risk and responds appropriately. 

  • Effectively teaches social skills and household management skills. 

  • Demonstrates basic knowledge of behavioral health symptoms, interventions, and impact. 

  • Maintains professional boundaries and operates within agency / ethical guidelines. 

  • Knowledge of agency and community resources and referral processes. 

  • Adheres to the Certified Peer Support Specialists Code of Ethics

Job Duties/Skills Required

  • Assist peers in skill building, goal setting, problem solving, and maintaining overall stability. 

  • Will maintain a caseload of clients in need of suicide prevention services that is conducive to recovery from mental illness and improve overall wellness. 

  • Will help Veterans build self-directed recovery tools while include supporting peers in developing an individualized service plan that has their recovery goals and specific steps to reach those goals. 

  • Performs regular case maintenance activities including documenting actions, making narrative entries, and entering data in electronic medical record system. 

  • Ascertains resources outside of Start Corp. when necessary to meet client's specific needs. Will coordinate with Veteran Affairs and navigate through VA healthcare and eligibility processes/requirements.  

  • Maintains a clear driving record in order to be able to drive company vehicles to provide transportation to clients.  

  • You may assist with projects as directed by your supervisor.


Blue Cross Blue Shield health insurance, vision insurance, dental insurance, disability insurance, life insurance, paid time off, 14 paid holidays per year for regular full time staff,  401(k), and 401(k) matching.

About Start Corporation

Start Corporation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1984. Our Mission is to promote opportunities, which enhance the self-sufficiency of people to empower them to live and function independently.

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