Mental Health Association of Northwestern PA

Certified Peer Specialists
1101 Peach Street
Erie, PA 16501


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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.”

The Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) position provides person-centered services for adults with serious mental illness to help them gain control over their recovery and community integration processes. These services include advocacy, education, development of natural supports, and support of work or other meaningful activity of the person’s choosing. Also crisis support, wellness activities, effective utilization of the service delivery systems, service coordination and linkage to other service providers.
• Recovery education. Provide hope and encouragement for integration into the community.
Providing a model of recovery by appropriately disclosing struggles and successes with mental health issues demonstrating that recovery is possible. Help to educate professional staff about the recovery model.
• Promote self-advocacy. Help recovering persons to find their own voice to express areas of need. Referring individuals to professional resources as needed.
• Communicate community resources (community-based mental health organizations, education, vocation, social, cultural, spiritual, resources) that are in line with the person’s individual goals and needs. Take the person to community events.
• Facilitate peer mentoring and Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) groups in order to create a transition to a self-directed Recovery Plan.
• Complete required documentation for recovery goal planning, encounters, progress notes, and daily service records for billing purposes.