Peer Specialist - Extended Acute Inpatient - Days

WellSpan Philhaven, Lebanon, PA | Clinical Care | Behavioral Health | FTE: 0.5 | Regular | Tracking Code: 102175

General Summary

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

Essential Functions:

  • Completes WellSpan specific trainings as assigned.
  • Completes First Aid and Basic Life Skills training.
  • Completes a 75-hour approved Peer Specialist training within 8 weeks of hire date.
  • Completes 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.
  • Develops a schedule that consists of meeting and supporting Peers and includes supervision and team meetings as scheduled.
  • Completes no less than 10 shadowing hours with a current Certified Peer Specialist.
  • Completes no less than 8 billable shadowing hours with a Lead Certified Peer Specialist.
  • Completes and passes the required PCB exam for a Certified Peer Specialist after the 75-hour training but within 6 months of hire date.
  • Demonstrates understanding and ability to complete the necessary documentation within the time limits set forth by the OMHSAS bulletin.
  • Acquires knowledge or resources in assigned county/counites while maintaining an excellent working relationship with all providers.
  • Acts as a liaison with other community agencies/groups, funding sources and businesses that relate to the services provided to peers.
  • 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.

Required for All Jobs:

  • Performs other related duties as identified.
  • WellSpan Health has adopted and implemented a compliance program to support WellSpan's values and standards for professionalism, integrity, and ethics. Expected to support and meet the values and standards of the organization and the performance expectations of the job, the department, and the compliance program.
  • WellSpan Health has adopted and implemented a privacy program to safeguard the patient information and the business and operational information of the organization. Expected to support and meet the values and standards of the organization to safeguard patient and business/operational information.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.

Physical Demands:

  • Standing - Occasionally
  • Walking - Occasionally
  • Sitting - Frequently
  • Reaching - Rarely
  • Talking - Frequently
  • Hearing - Frequently
  • Repetitive Motions - Occasionally
  • Eye/Hand/Foot Coordination - Occasionally

Working Environment:

  • Occupational Hazards - Occasionally


Minimum Education:

  • High School Diploma or GED Required

Work Experience:

  • 1 year General work/volunteer/credit hour experience. Required and
  • Experience in navigating/personal knowledge and experience in the mental health system. Required and
  • Professional office work experience. Required


  • Certified Peer Specialist Upon Hire Required

Driver's License Statement:

Must possess a valid driver's license in the current state of residence. Driving record must meet requirements established by WellSpan Risk Management.

Courses and Training:

  • Must provide clearance per the Child Protective Services Law amended by PA Act 33 of 1985. Upon Hire Required

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Excellent human relations and oral/written communication skills.
  • Knowledge of and ability in the care and support of individuals in a specific age group.
  • 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.
Michelle Dermes
Michelle Dermes
Sr. Talent Acquisition Consultant

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