Certified Peer Specialist Job Description

Certified Peer Specialist Job Description

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Certified peer specialist provides community-based/in-home behavioral health services for individuals experiencing serious mental illness that interferes with their ability to manage mental health symptoms and live independently.

Certified Peer Specialist Duties & Responsibilities

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Creates and maintains up to date information on community resources related to self-help and recovery
Will assist with facilitating group activities, daily living activities, physical activities, and assist with community resources
Has a working knowledge of social service agencies in Bangor and surrounding areas, including but not limited to Bangor Health & Human Services
Ability to take direction from others
Collaborates with members of multi-disciplinary team effectively
Assist in maintaining a work environment free from recognized hazards that create a risk or injury to employees, patients or visitors and that all accidents and incidents are reported by employees and properly investigated
Work collaboratively with clinicians in pursuit of person centric holistic approach to care
Works with peers to identify wellness and recovery goals
Works with peers to identify and implement strategies for health maintenance and whole body health
Engages and supports peers in their communities, and collaborates with peers on expanding community connections

Certified Peer Specialist Qualifications

Qualifications for a job description may include education, certification, and experience.

Licensing or Certifications for Certified Peer Specialist

List any licenses or certifications required by the position: CPR, CPS, CPI

Education for Certified Peer Specialist

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Employers hiring for the certified peer specialist job most commonly would prefer for their future employee to have a relevant degree such as Collage and University Degree in Education, Behavioral Sciences, Social Work, Management, Behavioral Science, Social Services, Healthcare, Computer, English, Human Services

Skills for Certified Peer Specialist

Desired skills for certified peer specialist include:

Trends and developments in field
Community and social service agencies
Ability to use public transportation
Mental illness process
Recovery focused
Relevant community resources and methods for accessing them
Strengths based work in mental health/addiction recovery
Community resources
Current trends and issues related to wellness and recovery
Experience with behavioral health services

Desired experience for certified peer specialist includes:

Have a primary diagnosis of mental illness
Is a current or former consumer of mental health services
Demonstrates leadership and advocacy skills
Successfully completes the DHS approved Certified Peer Specialist training and certification exam
Whole Health training, preferred
Have a GED or high school diploma, associate of arts degree in one of the behavioral sciences or human services preferred

Certified Peer Specialist Examples

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Certified Peer Specialist Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is searching for experienced candidates for the position of certified peer specialist. Please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications. While this is our ideal list, we will consider candidates that do not necessarily have all of the qualifications, but have sufficient experience and talent.
Responsibilities for certified peer specialist
  • Proactively works to engage peers and families in the treatment and recovery process
  • Assists peers in developing empowerment and self-advocacy skills and combating stigma
  • Facilitates individual and group based peer support services (focusing on recovery, resiliency and resources)
  • Exemplifies recovery principles in order to show by example that recovery is possible and attainable
  • Participates in required interdisciplinary meetings and provides peer advocacy
  • Offers a lived experience perspective to the clinical team
  • Ensures accurate and timely documentation of all peer contact at time of service
  • Receives regular supervision from staff, seeking additional
  • Supervision whenever necessary
  • Performs other related administrative duties as required
Qualifications for certified peer specialist
  • Minimum of 2 years in sustained recovery
  • Certification required within first 12 months of employment
  • Have a Bachelor’s degree or high school diploma/GED equivalent and a minimum of one year of paid or volunteer experience working with adults with severe and persistent mental illness
  • Be certified by an accredited training program as a Certified Peer Specialist at the time of hire or complete the training within the first 12 months to meet the requirements of the role
  • Current certification as Peer Specialist (CPS) through the Georgia DBHDD/Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network is required
  • Two years of experience with Serious and Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI) and/or addictive disease is required
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Certified Peer Specialist Job Description

Job Description Example
Our growing company is hiring for a certified peer specialist. To join our growing team, please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications.
Responsibilities for certified peer specialist
  • Transportation of residents to community service events, job fairs, employment centers, clinics, using Company vehicle
  • Must be a self-identified current or former user of mental health/substance abuse or co-occurring services who can relate to others who are now using those services
  • Must have a vehicle in good, working condition with the ability to travel within the field regularly
  • Ability to represent strengths and needs of consumers in clinical settings
  • Must be able to work effectively and prioritize in a fast-paced environment in order to meet the demands of the organization
  • Will assist in partnership with the multi-disciplinary team, in developing responsive and flexible resources, while cooperatively working to ensure smooth transitions to other levels of care
  • Under supervision, the CRS provides peer support services, serves as a consumer advocate, provides consumer information and peer support for consumers in community outpatient or inpatient settings
  • The CRS performs a wide range of tasks to assist consumers engagement in treatment, in regaining control over their lives and recovery process
  • Conduct a minimum of 1 home visit per week/per client within their community setting or within client’s current residence
  • Write precise, accurate, and clear progress notes in our electronic Care Logic system in a timely manner
Qualifications for certified peer specialist
  • Must have completed OR be currently enrolled in a Peer Specialist Certification Program offered through the State of Rhode Island with intent to complete certification exam
  • Be self-identified current or former user of mental health or co-occurring services who can relate to other who are not using those services
  • Have personal experience and knowledge of recovery
  • Have demonstrated proficiency in reading and writing
  • Have maintained, within the last 3 years, at least 12 months of successful full or part time paid or voluntary work experience (not necessarily consecutive) or one year post-secondary education totaling 24 credit hours
  • Have completed and passed a Peer Specialist certification program approved by the Department
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Certified Peer Specialist Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is growing rapidly and is searching for experienced candidates for the position of certified peer specialist. Thank you in advance for taking a look at the list of responsibilities and qualifications. We look forward to reviewing your resume.
Responsibilities for certified peer specialist
  • Provide structured activities that promote socialization, recovery, wellness, self-advocacy, development of natural supports, and maintenance of community living skills
  • Perform individual peer support services (Peer-I), facilitate PEER groups, WRAP, and Whole Health Action Management (WHAM) support as outlined in DBHDD provider manual
  • Assist individuals in identifying strengths which aid and barriers that impede the recovery process
  • Possess an understanding of recovery and psychosocial rehabilitation principles as defined by the Georgia Consumer Council and psychosocial rehabilitation principles published by USPRA and must possess the skills and ability to assist other individuals in their own recovery processes
  • Attend treatment team meetings as directed by Program Supervisor
  • Maintain actuate treatment records reflecting the client’s treatment plans
  • Maintain confidentiality for all indirect/direct service in accordance with agency policies and HIPPA policies
  • Other responsibilities and tasks as may be assigned
  • Implement service interventions to increase the targeted youth’s’ capacity to function and thrive within their home, school, and communities of choice
  • Provide services within a full family-guided and youth-driven system of care framework and enables response to the needs of the youth across several life domains, incorporating formal and informal supports, and developing realistic intervention strategies that complement the youth’s natural resources and environment
Qualifications for certified peer specialist
  • Certified Peer Specialist “CPS” certification by a Pennsylvania State approved entity, required
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with others and handle difficult interpersonal contacts
  • 1 or more years of related experience as CPS
  • This position requires that the selected candidate be able to work a flexible schedule
  • This is a restricted position whose funding is reviewed for renewal every June
  • Prior experience as a Peer Recovery Specialist, experience running peer led groups and Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) groups required
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Certified Peer Specialist Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is looking for a certified peer specialist. We appreciate you taking the time to review the list of qualifications and to apply for the position. If you don’t fill all of the qualifications, you may still be considered depending on your level of experience.
Responsibilities for certified peer specialist
  • Provides training to community partners and collects data for DBHDD
  • Provide prevention, intervention, and post-intervention services
  • Attends and supports events/conferences/trainings that increase awareness of suicide and contribute to the dissemination of established suicide prevention methods
  • Maintain current Certification as a Peer and keep up to date on trainings related to CPS and Zero Suicide trainings
  • Demonstrates willingness to seek/accept direct supervision respect productive feedback from colleagues and others
  • Strives to maintain positive satisfaction from families/individuals served
  • Supports the philosophy, goals and mission of VPH
  • Report concerns and needs of the program or individuals served to the Team Lead and/or Program Manager
  • Develop & Sustain community partnerships (including local high schools, colleges, educational institutes, & youth programs)
  • Support and facilitate Peer Support Services for parents and caregivers of clients who are admitted to the Viewpoint Health Adult Crisis Stabilization Unit
Qualifications for certified peer specialist
  • Experience with chronic mental illness required
  • Certification as a Youth Peer Specialist
  • Certification as a Peer Specialist “CPS” issued by the state in which the position functions
  • One (1) of experience as a volunteer, facilitator or counselor in a community rehabilitative setting
  • Must be eligible for certification as a Peer Specialist in the state of Georgia or must be a certified peer specialist in the state of Georgia
  • Have a mental health (MH), substance use disorder (SUD), abstinent from illicit substances for at least 1 year
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Certified Peer Specialist Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is growing rapidly and is looking to fill the role of certified peer specialist. We appreciate you taking the time to review the list of qualifications and to apply for the position. If you don’t fill all of the qualifications, you may still be considered depending on your level of experience.
Responsibilities for certified peer specialist
  • Uses his / her own recovery experience and training to assist consumers with defining their recovery goals, and developing the skills and knowledge necessary to achieve identified goals
  • Create and implement a comprehensive training and education program for peers, families, providers and staff
  • Establish strong collaborative relationships with State partners, such as Behavioral Health Human Services Division, Office of Peer Recovery and Engagement
  • Identify and outreach to community and leaders of ethnic minority groups to identify and develop programs based in recovery and resiliency that are culturally competent
  • Coordinate outreach to specific populations to ensure access to, engagement with, and utilization of needed services
  • Serve as a member of committees and subcommittees as designated by the Executive Director
  • Participate in quality review processes
  • Ensure that the voice of consumers and family members is a key part of every significant behavioral health policy decision made by Optum and the health plan, including the prioritization and implementation of programs and practices
  • Facilitate lines of communication between the health plan and consumers, youth and families about all aspects of the behavioral health care delivery system their rights and responsibilities
  • Participate in initiatives as assigned by the Executive Director
Qualifications for certified peer specialist
  • Valid Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS) certification required
  • Be able to advocate for themselves
  • Be able/willing to actively seek and manage their own appropriate care
  • Must be well grounded in recovery wellness (At least one year between diagnosis and receiving appropriate treatment and/or one year continuous abstinence from substance use.)
  • Must be eligible for certification as a Certified Peer Specialist- Parent in the state of Georgia or must be a certified peer specialist Parent in the state of Georgia
  • Must perform services within the scope of lived experiences, education and knowledge

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