Peer Mentor Position


Title: Peer Mentor

Department: Cole Resource Center

Reports To:   Brian Scott, Esq., Peer & Family Navigator and Joanne Grady-Savard, Executive Director, Cole Resource Center


McLean Hospital and the Cole Resource Center are partnering to implement a six-month program on McLean Hospital three inpatient psychiatric units. The goal of the program is to understand the impact of the role of Peer Mentor for our patients and staff. This position is administered through the Cole Resource Center and the individual will be considered a McLean Hospital Person of Interest.

The Cole Resource Center offers educational and practical materials along with compassionate care from people who have faced mental health challenges themselves. The Center takes a holistic approach working in close partnership with other communities devoted to creating healthy pathways for peers and their families.

McLean Hospital is a comprehensive psychiatric hospital committed to providing easy access to superior quality, cost-effective mental health services in the Boston area, Massachusetts and beyond.  Since 1811, McLean Hospital has been a world leader in the treatment of mental illness and chemical dependency, research into the cause of mental illness and the training of generations of mental health care providers. McLean's multidisciplinary programs treat a broad range of psychiatric illnesses across the full continuum of care.

General Summary:

For the six-month contract period, the peer mentor will work with members of inpatient psychiatric treatment teams to provide recovery-oriented, person-centered, rehabilitative care to McLean Hospital patients and their families.

Principal Duties & Responsibilities: As referred by members of the clinical treatment team, the Peer Mentor will:

• Collaborate with patients in identifying their individual interests, skills, and strengths and challenges and to facilitate development of these in relation to vocational, social, and life skills whether in McLean Hospital or in their community

• Meet one on one with patients and facilitates groups to provide support around client’s mental health recovery process while setting appropriate limits and professional boundaries.

• As available, participate in rounds and team meetings to provide updates, goals and action plans of patients. Responsible for providing “handoff” communication to identified unit staff member at end of shift.

• Use their own recovery experience as a framework to understand and support patients and families in their own recovery journey and process their own recovery experience in a professional way, consistently observing appropriate limits/boundaries

•  Assists in the development and implementation of person-centered treatment plans based on client’s strengths, needs, abilities, and goals

•  Conducts post-discharge follow up surveys by telephone or face to face interview.

•  Participate in regular meetings with supervisor to ensure demonstrated success.

•  Provide care coordination with community agencies, treatment providers, family members and supports  

  • Inspire hope by modeling personal responsibility, self-advocacy and wellness.

  • Complete clinical documentation appropriate to services provided within a timely fashion

  • Other duties as required

All team members are expected to consistently demonstrate our values of integrity, compassion, respect, diversity, teamwork, excellence and innovation in their work activities and interactions.


1. Maintains confidentiality of all patients/residents.

2. Follows the ethical standards of McLean Hospital and the Cole Resource Center.


Education: High School Diploma required.

Certifications: Certification as a Certified Peer Specialist (CPS), DBSA group Facilitator, WRAP facilitator, NAMI Peer to Peer facilitator, required.  

Must complete Person of Interest documents prior to assuming position.


Self-motivated individual who can work collaboratively with the interdisciplinary team and community based organizations as well as self-motivated and can work independently. This individual needs to have good organizational skills, the ability to multitask, and the ability to be flexible. Candidate has exceptional interpersonal skills and ability to use personal experience in a proactive way to support others. Self-awareness, ability to receive feedback to enhance learning and recovery a must.