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Certified Peer Specialist

Position Overview

The Certified Peer Specialist has experience as a recipient of mental health or co-occurring substance use services and is willing to partner with participants of Peer Support Services to facilitate their recovery and community integration through utilization of the Specialist’s personal life experience and first-hand recovery knowledge. Services may be provided on both an individual and group basis as well as on or off-site of Penn Foundation. Services provided include: education, development of natural supports, coaching/mentoring to support wellness and meaningful daily living and community roles, advocacy, crisis support, and resource coordination and linkage.

Hours: Part-time (20 hours per week)

Essential Job Responsibilities

  • Provide recovery education spanning every phase of the recovery journey from pre-contemplation (engagement), preparation, and action to recovery maintenance.
  • Provide hope and encouragement regarding opportunities for involvement in community-based activities, i.e. work, school, relationships, physical activity, hobbies, etc.).
  • Provide a model for people in recovery, staff, and family members (as appropriate) by demonstrating that recovery is possible.
  • Educate professional staff about the recovery process and the damaging role that stigma can play in undermining recovery.
  • Coach peers in identification of personal interests and goals in relationship to their recovery and “getting the life they want” in the community.
  • Coach peers to identify their strengths, abilities, and assets (both internal and external) that can be utilized to achieve their chosen goals and community roles.
  • Provide direct skills teaching including but not limited to curriculum-driven skills teaching in the home and community and facilitation of self-help groups.
  • Provide linkage to community-based skill acquisition opportunities, i.e. educational courses and self-help groups.
  • Identify and promote utilization of natural community resources that support peers’ goals and interests including educational, vocational, social, cultural, and spiritual resources. This can involve coaching and accompanying peers to visit resources and practice utilization.
  • Facilitate (i.e. via coaching, WRAP groups, if certified to train, and development of Advanced Self-Directives) the transition from a professionally-directed service plan to a self-directed recovery plan. The goal of this facilitation is the transition from professionally-assisted recovery initiation to a personally directed, community supported, recovery-oriented lifestyle.


  • High School Diploma
  • Maintenance within the last three(3) years, of at least 12 months of successful full or part-time paid or voluntary work experience or one year post-secondary education experience totaling 24 credit hours; and
  • Completion and passing of a peer specialist certification training program, including written examination, offered in accordance with guidelines defined by the applicable state and county requirements.
  • A valid PA Driver’s license and good driving record.
  • A Pennsylvania Criminal Record Check, a Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance and a FBI Criminal History Background Check.

Penn Foundation is an equal opportunity employer