Peer Specialist - Ephrata BHU - Days/Eves

Ephrata, PA | Behavioral Health | Tracking Code: 103346

Monday, September 25, 2023
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Family-Based Therapist Hiring Event

WellSpan Hospital

11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

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Family-Based Therapist Hiring Event

WellSpan Hospital


Part-time, Day/Eve

Job Description:

Under the general supervision of the Mental Health Professional and Lead Certified Peer Specialists, 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. Complete WellSpan specific trainings as assigned.
  2. Complete First Aid and Basic Life Skills training.
  3. Complete a 75-hour approved Peer Specialist training within 8 weeks of hire date.
  4. Complete program specific orientation which includes but is not limited to; learning EHR Epic system, building IRP’s, learning different documentation required for Peer Support services, learning workflows and other job-related processes.
  5. Develop a schedule that consists of meeting and supporting Peers and includes supervision and team meetings as scheduled.
  6. Complete no less than 10 shadowing hours with a current Certified Peer Specialist.
  7. Complete no less than 8 billable shadowing hours with a Lead Certified Peer Specialist.
  8. Complete and pass the required PCB exam for a Certified Peer Specialist after the 75-hour training but within 6 months of hire date.
  9. Demonstrates understanding and ability to complete the necessary documentation within the time limits set forth by the OMHSAS bulletin.
  10. Acquires knowledge or resources in assigned county/counites while maintaining an excellent working relationship with all providers.
  11. Acts as a liaison with other community agencies/groups, funding sources and businesses that relate to the services provided to peers.
  12. After completing the 75-hour Certified Peer Specialist Training, develop a consistent schedule to meet with Peers, complete the documentation as required, and maintain a 70% ratio of billable hours to total hours.


  • Notes:
    • Self-identify as an individual who has received or is receiving mental health services for a “serious emotional disturbance” or “serious mental illness”
    • Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED) – A condition experienced by a person under 18 years of age who currently or at any time during the past year had a diagnosable mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder of sufficient duration to meet diagnostic criteria specified within the current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual; and that resulted in functional impairment which substantially interferes with or limits the individual’s role or functioning in family, education activities or community activities.
    • Serious Mental Illness (SMI) – A condition experienced by persons 18 years of age and older who, at any time during the past year, had a diagnosable mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder that met the diagnostic criteria within the current DSM and that has resulted in functional impairment, and which substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities. Adults who would have met functional impairment criteria during the referenced year without the benefit of treatment or other support services are considered to have serious mental illness. Substance use disorders and developmental disorders are not included.
  • Minimum Experience:
    • 1 – 2 years of general work/volunteer/credit hour experience
  • Minimum Education:
    • High School Degree/GED
  • Minimum Field Of Expertise:
    • Experience in navigating/personal knowledge and experience in the mental health system; professional office work experience
  • Required Certification:
    • Certification as a Peer Support Specialist; or certification eligible
  • Required Courses:
    • Must provide clearance per the Child Protective Services Law amended by PA Act 33 of 1985
  • 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
Michelle Dermes
Michelle Dermes
Sr. Talent Acquisition Consultant

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