Requisition Number: PA054-PESP-H-09-2019-01
Job Title: Peer Specialist I
City: Pittsburgh
State: PA

Minimum Degree Required: A - High School/GED
Minimum Years of Experience: 1
Salary Range: $13.00-$14.50/hour

Peer Specialist I

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Description/Job Summary

Under the authority of the Program Director and in coordination with the team supervisor, the Forensic Certified Peer Specialist assures that all operational procedures and regulations are followed.
The Forensic Certified Peer Specialist is responsible for collaborating with consumers, team members, family members, significant others and collateral resources to promote socialization experiences, creative rehabilitative skills training opportunities, maximizing empowerment experiences and to structure social and recreational activities and to promote recovery through the Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP).
The Forensic 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 Forensic Certified Peer Specialist's time will be spent in actual contact with the consumer or others on his or her behalf.  Paperwork and team meetings should not require more than 30% of the worker's time.  The Peer Specialist will work directly with individuals receiving services, family members, providers and other stakeholders, at the direction of a supervisor.  This position requires the candidate have direct, firsthand experience using mental health services as well as the forensic system in Allegheny County.  This position will be a resource to individuals receiving services, families, and other stakeholders related to recovery initiatives.


Program Responsibilities:
  • Promote principles of recovery with members, providers, and stakeholders.
  • Provide recovery coaching concerning; assisting in recovery management, identification of personal strengths/ assets, development of a strength-based recovery plan /recovery goals, and strategies to meet goals.
  • Assist in identifying or re-connecting to natural supports including but not limited to peer recovery supports and self-help groups in the community.
  • Assist in scheduling appointments as needed.
  • Assist with accessing and navigating the mental health and/or D&A service system.
  • Assist with accessing and navigating mental health court, Adult Probation, Justice Related Services and the legal system.
  • Participate in treatment team meetings, continuing care (aftercare) meetings, as requested by the member.
  • Demonstrate flexibility in schedule in order to meet member’s needs.
  • Advocate for the member's community needs, medical, and behavioral health needs
    maintain certification.
  • Utilize motivational interviewing to effectively identify the member’s strengths, needs, motivation, triggers, and goals in managing life circumstances.
  • Bridge the gap between the physical health care and behavioral health treatment.
  • Provides telephonic assistance to members and family members concerning recovery tools and resources.
  • Empower the member to self-advocate and follow through with treatment (making and attending scheduled appointments, setting goals, and community networking.
  • Travel throughout the region.
  • Utilize laptop to document and bill for services through electronic record software
Ancillary Responsibilities:
  • Performs tasks that are supportive in nature to the essential functions of the job, but which may be altered or re-designed depending upon individual circumstances.

Required Experience

The preferred candidate is someone who has had or have a lived experience with a mental health diagnosis and has developed successful coping mechanisms and could serve as a mentor for others.

Required Education

  • High school diploma or GED

Required Qualifications

  • Peer Specialist Certification
  • Valid Driver's License
  • Automotive insurance
  • Access to a reliable personal vehicle preferred.
  • Act 73 FBI
  • Act 34 Criminal Clearance
  • Act 33 Child Clearance
  • Familiarity with computers and ability to navigate software used to document and bill for services.
  • Will be required to complete and pass Forensic Certified Peer Specialist training within 6 months of hire.
  • All trainings required by licensure.

Program Summary

RHD Allies is a Forensic Certified Peer Specialist program. We are a community mental health program whose goal is to support the Recovery needs of individuals who are involved with the criminal justice system. RHD Allies provides innovative and effective re-entry services to people post-adjudication.


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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.