Requisition Number: LVACT-PESP-H-01-2020-01
Job Title: Certified Peer Specialist
City: Bethlehem
State: PA

Minimum Degree Required: A - High School/GED
Minimum Years of Experience: 0
Salary Range: $12.00 - $13.25 per hour

Certified Peer Specialist

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Description/Job Summary

The Certified Peer Specialist is responsible for collaborating with individuals receiving services, team members, family members, significant others and collateral resources to promote socialization experiences, create rehabilitative skills training opportunities, maximizing empowerment experiences and to structure and support social and recreational activities and to promote recovery through the Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP).  The Certified Peer Specialist will be an additional support relationship for the consumer, will assist the consumer to maintain stability in the community and promote opportunities for recovery focused interactions and activities.  The Certified Peer Specialist will assist team members and other providers with an understanding of the Recovery Model and the day-to-day practice of this modality. It is expected that 70% of the Certified Peer Specialist’s time will be spent in actual contact with the consumer or others on his or her behalf.  Paperwork requirements and team meetings should not require more than 30% of the worker’s time. Under the authority of the Program Director and in coordination with team leaders, the Certified Peer Specialist assures that all operational procedures and regulations are followed.

Responsibilities/Duties

  1. To support and promote the mission statement and values of the Lehigh Valley Assertive Community Treatment Team program.
  2. To engage consumers in a trusting and supportive relationship, providing emotional support within professional boundaries as needed.
  3. To support the individualized recovery plan developed with the consumer, with the aim of achieving and maintaining physical and mental health and emotional well-being as well as participating in recovery experiences.
  4. To assist the consumer to reach the goals he or she has set in the recovery plan.  The following activities are considered essential in helping the consumer to achieve goals: 
    • Incorporating self help techniques into daily living experiences and problem solving activities
    • Role modeling adaptive styles of behaviors
    • Practice and encourage advocacy activities to enable self-advocacy efforts
    • Participation in the consumer’s development of an informal support network
    • Mentor appropriate use of community resources
  5. To complete required documentation of services in a timely manner, according to agency policy.
  6. To observe and report changes in consumer status.
  7. To participate fully as a member of the team in staffing and other meetings, offering relevant input and feedback and accepting such from the team.
  8. To maintain one’s own physical, mental and emotional well-being so that the Certified Peer Specialist can function appropriately in the job and can model healthy functioning to those we serve.

Required Experience

The Certified Peer Specialist must have knowledge of community resources, experience in consumer advocacy, and the capability of participation in the team format.  The Certified Peer Specialist must also have a valid driver’s license.

Required Education

A high school diploma or GED is required. Experience with the public mental health system is preferred. The Certified Peer Specialist must complete the core training and receive certification by an accredited agency. 

Required Qualifications

The Certified Peer Specialist must be understanding of and interested in working with persons with severe and persistent mental illness. The services are to be provided in the community and home environment and the worker will need to be respectful of personal boundaries. The Certified Peer Specialist must be flexible and able to respond appropriately and effectively in a crisis situation.  The Certified Peer Specialist worker must be assertive and able to communicate well with both consumers being served and the various persons and organizations the worker will be in contact with in the community. The Certified Peer Specialist must be organized, goal oriented and able to follow through with numerous responsibilities.

Program Summary

Recovery-focused, multidisciplinary, assertive community treatment programs provide intensive, individual support for people in Lehigh and Northampton counties who are working to overcome the barriers to recovery from mental illness. Assertive Community Treatment Teams provide: Psychiatric assessment, medication education and monitoring, treatment for co-occuring disorders, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, psychosocial services and education (including Wellness Management and Recovery, SAMSHA evidence-based IMR) and intervention help strengthen the individual’s networks. Blended Case Management Services affords the collaborative coordination of services and resources supportive of recovery and growth. Individuals work with case managers to increase personal and financial independence, overcome barriers compromising access to treatment, build and expand capabilities in roles and relationships within the community and, acquire skills to support self-determination and self-management of the symptoms or challenges related to their illness. HUD funding allows LVACT to respond to the residential needs of participants who have been diagnosed with a serious, persistent mental illnesses and have histories of homelessness.


Resources for Human Development, is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, veteran or disability status.


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Resources for Human Development is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, veteran, or disability status.