Certified Peer Specialist - Lancaster ACT - Full-time, Days

Lancaster, PA | Behavioral Health | Tracking Code: 51134

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General Summary:
Under the general supervision of the Program Director, contributes in a peer support capacity to facilitate recovery and enhance wellness by sharing his/her personal/practical experience and first-hand knowledge to the team and clients. Provides expertise about the recovery process, symptom management, and the persistence required by patients to have a satisfying life. Serves as a role model for recovery for both staff and peers and partners with peers in developing recovery tools and building support networks.

 

Duties and Responsibilities:
1 Draws on common experiences as a peer to provide guidance and encouragement to patients to take responsibility and actively participate in their own recovery.
2 Assists designated peers with rehabilitation social support, advocacy, educational and vocational mentoring, and self-maintenance.
3 Provides side-by-side support and coaching to help patients socialize, such as going with a patient to the grocery store, movies, library, etc. during program hours of operation which may require use of staffs personal vehicle.
4 Supports patient participation in community self-help groups.
5 Coaches or teaches basic individual living skills, such as food preparation, meal planning, laundry, bill payment and personal hygiene.
6 Provides education about symptoms of mental illness to assist patients in understanding their mental illness and identifying relapse symptoms.
7 Works with patients in supporting their individual choice and preference regarding medications, under the direction of the physician and nursing staff.
8 Promotes participation in Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) and Psychiatric Advance Directives (PAD) planning among peers.
9 Partners with peers to create, review and attain goals on the Individual Recovery Plan.
10 Completes necessary documentation for each peer encounter (i.e. service activity, contact sheets, etc.) within 48 hours of encounter.
11 Completes monthly log of services provided.
12 Acquires knowledge or resources in assigned county/counites while maintaining an excellent working relationship with all providers.
13 Acts as a liaison with other community agencies/groups, funding sources and businesses that relate to the services provided to peers.
14 Participates in the on-call system according to WellSpan Philhaven ACT policy.

Required Skills
  • Excellent human relations and oral/written communication skills
  • Must have valid driver’s license and qualify for WellSpan driving privileges; Must obtain PA driver’s license in accordance with PA laws if license upon hire is out-of-state
  • Knowledge of and ability in the care and support of individuals in a specific age group
Required Experience

Experience in navigating/personal knowledge and experience in the mental health system; professional office work experience

Certification as a Peer Support Specialist


Quality of Life

WellSpan Health is an integrated health system that serves the communities of central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland. The organization is comprised of a multispecialty medical group of more than 1,200 physicians and advanced practice clinicians, a regional behavioral health organization, a home care organization, six respected hospitals, more than 15,000 employees, and 140 patient care locations. WellSpan is a charitable, mission-driven organization, committed to exceptional care for all, lifelong wellness and healthy communities. We are committed to transforming the health of the communities we serve and to educating the next generation of clinicians, staff and leaders.

Quality of Life
Quality of Life

Lancaster City was the capital of Pennsylvania from 1799 to 1812. Today, Lancaster County includes a vibrant downtown business district, desirable suburban neighborhoods and sprawling agricultural farms. Life in Lancaster County offers affordable housing, options for higher education, a thriving arts and cultural community, historical attractions, parks and recreational resources, an independent professional baseball team, fine dining and more. When visiting Lancaster, one can't help but recognizing the influence of the Pennsylvania Dutch — farm-to-table and beyond.

Conveniently located in southcentral Pennsylvania, Lancaster is within an easy commute to major cities and has ready access to public transportation. Residents can find local employment in healthcare, tourism, public administration, manufacturing, and both professional and semi-professional services. (Patient population: 535,000)

Equal Opportunity Employment

WellSpan Health is an equal opportunity employer. Employment selection and related decisions are made without regard to sex, race, age, disability, religion, national origin, color or any other protected class. WellSpan Health does, however, have a tobacco-free/nicotine-free hiring policy.

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