Certified Peer Specialists
1101 Peach Street
Erie, PA 16501
Erie County Certified Peer Specialists
News and Information
The Positive Experience of Peer Support
Kate Bender has many years of experience in the Peer Support program. In this thoughtful essay, Kate describes the value of peer support using an example of life experience.
~ Essay ~
Current Certified Peer Specialist Program
There are about 90 Certified Peer Specialist in Erie County. They have all been in trainings for the Certification that promotes the recovery culture. Some work in various settings such as: Center Team (MHA) Housing Team (MHA),Peer Specialist (MHA), Peer Support to individuals in the Community (Stairways BH), ACT (Stairways BH), Customer Representative (Stairways BH),Personal Care Home (Stairways BH), Fairweather Lodge, (Stairways BH), Peer Support in Crisis and Outpatient (Safe Harbor BH), Director of Advocacy and Recovery (ECCM). CPS work to help people see their inherent rights and responsibilities and advocate for respectful and professional treatment from the rest of a person's treatment team.
International Association of Peer Supporters
The International Association of Peer Specialists, Inc. (iNAPS), is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to peer support in mental health systems. We are a group of dedicated peer specialists seeking ways to improve the effectiveness of the mental health system through the hiring of other peer specialists.
~ International Association of Peer Specialists Web Site ~
CPS Job Descriptions
Certified Peer Specialists Job Descriptions:
- "I provide recovery coaching for individuals. I assist them in establishing goals and reaching the goals that they have set for themselves in their recovery plan. I offer hope that there is recovery from mental illness by sharing my story when appropriate. I also provide support and assist with writing safety plans."
- "I work with team members to help individuals with serious mental illness gain access to community resources so they can continue to live independently in the community. I compose progress notes daily on each client I visited that day I attend mandatory trainings as required for my position."
- "Peer Specialist services are conducted by self-identified current or former consumers of behavioral health services who are trained and certified to offer support and assistance to others in their recovery. Services are based on the principles of respect, shared responsibility and empowerment. They are voluntary and person-centered."
- "My job duties include a great deal of self disclosure to peers in order to build the rapport necessary for peers to understand the process of recovery and to have their own recoveries to come to fruition. The tool I use most often is the WRAP to assist peers to learn about themselves and find more effective ways in which to live, cope, and deal with their particular illnesses."
Register if you are looking for a CPS position
This site registers you with the MHAPA forum and puts you on a listing of CPSs looking for CPS positions. Register at this site for CPS positions for further information.