Do you want a career where you can truly make a difference? The Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center is one of the largest human service providers in Lake County. We live our mission each day, promoting the health and well-being of all who live, work, and play in Lake County. If you are passionate about giving back and ready to be a part of an innovative team, we are looking for you!


About the Role:

The Peer Recovery Support Specialist (CRSS) will be an individual with lived experience that aims to build meaningful and therapeutic relationships with program (A Way Out 2.0) participants and act as a resource and mentor to improve the participants recovery efforts. The Peer Recovery Support Specialist will bridge the gaps in the system in terms of engaging the consumer, conducting peer counseling, and prepare the consumer for appropriate outpatient substance abuse treatment (standard or intensive – whichever is applicable) or naloxone or Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT).  


Location: 3002 Grand Ave, Waukegan, IL 

Hours: 37.5 hours a week; Monday-Friday (9:00am-5:00pm)



Skills and Experience

  • The CRSS will meet face to face with individuals during their treatment stay, at the time of discharge, and post discharge to ensure linkage to aftercare or outpatient treatment.
  • Contact with the consumer will be made by the CRSS within 24 hours of referral to treatment or placement or shortly thereafter.
  • Provide Peer-to-Peer Recovery rehabilitation and substance abuse services.
  • Advocacy: Serves as a role model of recovery and wellness to individuals receiving service while maintaining a therapeutic relationship which includes self-disclosure as needed.
  • Mentorship: Promotes social learning, teaches common life skills, and promotes individual choice.
  • The CRSS will serve as an informal sponsor to the participant.
  • Professional Responsibility: Promotes the 10 Guiding Principles of Recovery as detailed by SAMHSA and offers hope for recovery to individuals receiving services.
  • Recovery Support: Assists individuals with goal setting, engages individuals as an active member of their recovery team, helps individuals identify strengths and resiliencies, assists individuals in identifying options for recovery, and works with individuals to develop problem solving skills.
  • Respond to referrals for supportive services from the Crisis Care Program.
  • Conduct community outreach and provide referrals to mental health services. Community engagement services including outreach to underserved areas in the Lake County community.
  • Participate in treatment team meetings in collaboration with program staff.
  • Facilitates with clients and collaborates with the treatment team to develop, review and update treatment goals.
  • Job Skill Assessment(s) may be required for this role. 


Education, Qualifications, and Certification:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field, or
  • Bachelor’s in any field and two (2) years’ experience, or
  • High School diploma or GED and five (5) years’ experience
  • Has the Certified Recovery Support Specialist (CRSS) certification or be capable of attaining the CRSS certification within 18 months of being hired.


About the Perks:

Lake County offers a competitive salary and benefit package with performance-based incentive plans. We also offer flexible working hours, and a comprehensive wellness and training program. Visit the Health Department page to get additional information on why you should work for us.


If you would like to learn more about our community impact and to see some of our employees in action, please review this short video.


Any offer of employment is conditioned on the successful completion of a background screening, drug and alcohol testing and may include a pre-employment medical exam.


The Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, national origin, disability, veteran status and other protected characteristics.