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 Support Engagement Specialist will provide outreach and engagement services to ensure the Population of Focus is aware of the availability of mental health services and can gain access to those services. 


Location: 3002 Grand Ave, Waukegan, IL

Hours: 37.5 hours a week, Monday-Friday (1:00pm-9:30pm)



Skills and Experience

  • Complete one training, learn collaborative, or other technical assistance opportunity per grant reporting period.
  • Community engagement services including outreach to underserved areas in the Lake County community.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Provide referrals both internally and externally.
  • Takes responsibility for training in and documenting clinical chart requirements to meet program and state standards in NextGen electronic medical record.
  • Provides atmosphere of customer service in assuring that clients are treated in a friendly and respectful manner.


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.

If in a SUPR funded program, within 24 months of employment:

  • Must obtain certification as an Alcohol/Drug Abuse Counselor (CADC) by the Illinois Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Professional Certification Board (I.A.O.D.A.P.C.A.) or have equivalent certification by a similar state or national board


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.