G.E.A.R. Parent Network is currently looking for a Family Peer Specialist to work in Kennebec, Somerset, Oxford, Androscoggin, York, or Cumberland counties. The Family Peer Specialist (FPS) supports, educates, role models and encourages parents/guardians to move toward self-advocacy in the attainment of their own, culturally-specific life goals for themselves and their children.

The ideal candidate would:

  • Live in Kennebec, Somerset, Oxford, Androscoggin, York, or Cumberland County.
  • Be the parent/guardian of a child/youth with emotional or behavioral health needs.
  • Provide educational information and resources to help families navigate through the education, children’s behavioral health, juvenile justice and social services systems.
  • Provide assistance accessing medical and/or mental health care coverage.
  • Share personal lived experience and support families with no shame, no blame, and no judgment via phone, 1:1, and in the community.
  • Identify family strengths, needs, and trauma history and build on family’s strengths.
  • Encourage, teach and role model positive parenting skills and behavior management.
  • Advocate for family services in the community, school systems.
  • Network with providers for coordination of client services.
  • Actively participate in scheduled meetings, including case reviews, supervisory sessions, and staff/group supervision meetings.
  • Provide timely follow-up and support to family (within 24 hrs unless contacted on weekend/holiday).
  • Complete monthly data entry by providing location/attendance of support groups/workshops and contacts.
  • Represent the agency to the community in a professional manner.
  • Assure that client confidentiality and the rights of clients/families as outlined in the agency’s standards, policies, and procedures.
  • Obtain (within 3 years of employment) the National Certification as “Certified Family Peer Specialist”.

 Education/Experience Requirements:

  • High school diploma, GED, or equivalent.
  • 5+ years of lived experience parenting a child/youth with behavioral health concerns and experience navigating systems of care on behalf of that child.
  • Obtains National Certification from the National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health Certification Commission as a Certified Family Peer Specialist is required within 2 years of date of employment.
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation.


This is a part-time (at least 15 hours/week), non-exempt position. Some evenings and Saturdays and/or as need is identified.


This position would service Kennebec, Somerset, Oxford, Androscoggin, York, or Cumberland Counties. Remote work is available.

Part-time employment is not eligible for our full benefit package. If you are looking for our full benefit package, please look at our full-time employment options.

Benefits include:

  • 1 hour PTO for every 40 hours worked

To apply, please submit a current resume.

Crisis & Counseling Centers is a collaborative and comprehensive behavioral health agency operating in Central Maine. Since its founding 53 years ago, Crisis & Counseling Centers has become one of the most trusted behavioral health agencies in Maine, with approximately 100 employees located across five facilities and numerous community-based settings statewide.

Crisis and Counseling is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, genetic information, protected veteran status, sexual orientation or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law.