Transitional Age - Certified Peer Specialist

Summary of Responsibilities:

Under the supervision of a Peer Support Supervisor, this person partners with youth between the ages of 14 and 26 who are interested in receiving services. This person will provide timely supports in helping the individual achieve their recovery goals. Special emphasis will be placed on engaging individuals who are transitioning into adulthood and connecting providing support during this period of transition. Services are provided in accordance with all existing policies, procedures and regulations and in accord with the mission and values of the company.

Essential Functions:

 Provide a role model for participants in recovery, staff and family members that emphasize the fact that recovery is possible

Facilitate with participants a self-assessment of unique strengths and abilities in order to discover personal recovery goals

Assist individual to identify community resources, in cooperation with Recovery Facilitator

Create a partnership between participants and family members by obtaining information about support services and resources available through groups and organizations

Provide recovery education that will span the differing phases of an individual’s recovery

Assist in creating a culture of peer support at the organization

Participate in treatment team and other meetings with programs participants to promote their self-advocacy and self-direction in service plans

Keep supervisor and team members informed about individual’s strengths, accomplishments and obstacles they are experiencing obtaining their recovery goals

Facilitate Wellness Recovery Action Plans (WRAP) groups

Provide education and advocacy within the community that promotes awareness of mental health and co-occurring disorders while reducing barriers such as stigma and misconceptions

Complete required program documentation

Identify community resources and assist the individual in connecting with these resources

Meet weekly with supervisor and participate in staff meetings and group supervision

Act as youth-to-youth peer supporter for youth (aged 14-26) whom need support. 

Advocate for the professionals and system to understand, learn, and collaborate with youth to create an opportunity of youth guide, and youth driven practice.

Hold events, and gatherings to promote the awareness of Stigma and how important it is for youth to be understood and respected.

Teach and connect with parents, caregivers who feel that they are open to learning from a peer to peer youth model.

Stand to advocate for youth services including homelessness, LGBTQ, and foster youth.

Personal Characteristics:

Comfortable performing multifaceted projects in conjunction with day-to-day activities

Ability to get along with diverse personalities, tactful, mature, flexible

Possess sound judgment and reasoning abilities

Possess oral and written communication skills

Resourceful and well organized

Comfortable with team process

Ability to establish credibility

Be decisive assertive and persuasive

Possess strong problem-solving skills

Minimum Requirements (education, experience, etc.):

High school diploma or GED 

1-year paid or volunteer experience over the past 3-years, or post-secondary education credits, totaling at minimum 24 credit hours

Current or former recipient of mental health and or co-occurring services

Ability to share recovery experiences and support others in their recovery process

Required Licenses, Certificates or Knowledge:

Pennsylvania Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS)-approved Peer Specialist Certification

Basic computer skills to include Word and Excel

Demonstrated proficiency in oral and written communication skills

Minimum Employment Requirements:

Pre-employment drug screening clearance

Valid Pennsylvania Driver’s License

Acceptable Department of Transportation record check

Reliable transportation

Act 33, Act 34, and Act 73 clearances

Immigration and Naturalization (I-9) clearance

Working Conditions:

Working hours spent predominately in the community, must, therefore, have awareness of personal/community safety. 

Safety Hazards of the Job:

Minimal hazards, general office working conditions.  There may, however, be a rare occasion during which it is necessary to have physical interaction with a consumer exhibiting aggressive behavior.

Some travel may be done during adverse weather conditions.

SAM, Inc. York/Adams Counties is an EEO employer - M/F/Vets/Disabled
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