Peer Specialist

$3,000 after 30 days of employment for select programs, inquire within!

Welcome! Your Meridian Career Starts Here!

Position Title: Peer Specialist
Location: Gainesville, FL, Lake City, FL, MacClenny, FL, Live Oak, FL, Starke, FL, Palatka, FL, Chiefland, FL, Ocala, FL, Yulee, FL, Callahan, FL, Fernandina, FL.
Salary: $16.00|Hr. | Non-Exempt

Ready to make a positive impact in someone else's life?

Starting your career journey with Meridian is just the way to do it!

Why Meridian?

Meridian Behavioral Health is a private, non -profit organization with roots in the mental

health community since the 1960's. Since that time, we've expanded to 13 counties in

North Central Florida. We us a multidisciplinary approach to treating to those facing

mental health challenges and substance use disorders.

We want you! We welcome your knowledge, experience, story and expertise!

  • Work with mentally ill and/or substance abuse individuals at risk for incarceration or incarcerated. Incorporate motivational interviewing and recovery-oriented engagement strategies. Advise court evaluators and attorneys of appropriate treatment and placement alternatives for offenders.
  • Coordinate all jail releases on clients and monitor. Use Re-Entry Checklist to assess needs, monitor discharge needs. Checkpoints will be (1) prior to release from jail, (2) during establishment of the treatment plan following release from jail, (3) three months following program admission, and (4) discharge. Maintain that all service requirements are implemented, monitored and reported to the courts in Alachua County. Share information and coordinate transition to later intercept points.
  • Provide reentry services such as treatment, intensive case management, benefits coordination, vocational services, housing, and systemic collaboration. Maintain a central file for communication to and from agencies.
  • Track when court reports are due and complete documents for court and attend hearings as scheduled.
  • Monthly face to face and at least bi-weekly contact.
  • Performs other duties as required to meet program and departmental goals and objectives.

Who are we looking for? (Minimum Qualifications)

  • Must have a High School Diploma.
  • Must be a current or former participant in treatment services and/or the criminal justice system.
  • A minimum of 3 years' experience in mental health and/or substance abuse recovery required. A degree in counseling or related field is preferred.
  • Must have a current Florida Driver's License with a clean driving record while meeting company insurance requirements.

What You Will Love!

· Friendly, flexible and lively work environment- To all Meridian

employees we offer free activities including Zumba and Yoga. We also believe in companywide celebrations and blood drives. Our employee engagement committee is always coming up with other fun activities for all.

· Work-life balance - Generous PTO accrual for vacation, sick leave and holidays.

· Benefits - Several health insurance plan options available including tax sheltered health savings account. Vision, dental, retirement, life insurance, and accidental death are also available.

· Wellness Programs - Employees have an opportunity to earn a monthly discount on their medical plan premiums by participating in the Vitality wellness program, and Employee Assistance Program(EAP).

· Compensation & Retirement - Competitive salaries and 403(b) retirement savings with company match up to 8%.

· Growth & Education- Opportunities for growth and career advancement. Tuition reimbursement. Public service loan forgiveness and free clinical supervision.

· Perks - Cell phone plan discounts, travel reimbursement and gym membership discount programs, Legal Shield, pet insurance and more!

· Bonus structures/Incentives

  • $3,000 after 30 days of employment for select programs, inquire within!

Our Hiring Process:

· We pre-screen your application. If we find that your skills are a match for the position you applied for we will then send your resume over to the hiring manager to schedule an interview.

· If the interview is successful our talent acquisition recruiter from Human Resources Department will reach out to you with a verbal job offer and send over your background check paperwork as well as your follow up & next steps email.

· After you have cleared the background screening process our talent acquisition team will then send you an overview with expectations for New Employee Orientation start date.

Our team is committed to helping you grow into the best version of yourself you were always meant to be. Thank you for considering joining the Meridian family!

How to apply:

If you are interested in making an impact while positively impacting the community apply below.

Simply apply through this website or visit us directly at

Join us in our mission to bring education about mental illnesses and substance use disorders and the treatment of those affected to the world.

"Hope, Recovery, and Wellness are within everyone's reach."

Meridian is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. We are fully committed to attracting, retaining, developing and promoting the most qualified employees. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, status as a parent, national origin, age, marital status, disability (physical or mental), family medical history or genetic information, political affiliation, military service or because they are a protected veteran or other non-merit based factors.