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Peer Support Specialist
Req Code:2020:2175-008
County:Philadelphia County, PA
FT/PT:Part Time
Location:2175-Peer Support Program
Schedule:part time - 24hrs
Job Description/Essential Functions:

Horizon House, Inc. is a nationally recognized provider of services to adults with support needs due to developmental disabilities, behavioral health issues, and substance abuse. Horizon House is Pennsylvania’s oldest psychiatric rehabilitation agency. Since 1952, we have been dedicated to helping people with mental illness, drug and alcohol addictions, developmental/intellectual disabilities, and homelessness to stabilize their lives and to help them live as independently as possible in the community. With over 100 locations throughout South and North Eastern Pennsylvania and the state of Delaware, Horizon House provides services to a diverse population focusing on individual strength and choice.

Currently, we are seeking a part time Peer Support Specialist to work in our Behavioral Health Services Division. This position has responsibilities for functioning as a member of a collaborative, multidisciplinary team that promotes self-determination, personal responsibility and empowerment inherent in self-directed recovery. They also may assist program participants with mental illnesses to regain control over their own lives and their own recovery process. 
Some of the responsibilities include the following:

  • Collaborating with the interdisciplinary recovery team, provide program participants with counseling and support to identify self-determined goals. 
  • Serving as a mentor to program participants to promote hope and empowerment in their recovery process.
  • Acting as an informal educator to other team members to facilitate understanding and empathy with each person’s unique and subjective experience and perceptions.
  • Collaborating with the team to promote a team culture in which self-determination and decision-making in recovery planning are supported.
  • Assisting program participant’s in identifying, understanding, and combating stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness and develop strategies to reduce self- stigma. 
  • Collaborating with the team to ensure the protection of participant’s rights and to improve their knowledge of program participants’ rights and grievance or complaint procedures. 
  • Increasing awareness of and support program participant’s access and involvement/participation in self-help programs and consumer advocacy organizations that provide additional recovery resources and supports. 
  • Serving as the liaison between the team and consumer-run programs such as self-help groups and drop-in centers.
Job Qualifications:
  • A person who is self identified as having met the criteria for serious mental illness as defined in the Mental Health Bulletin
    (OMH-94-04) who utilizes or has utilized mental health and/or co-occurring services and has been trained and certified to
    help her/his peer identify and achieve specific self-determined goals.
    Must be a Certified Peer Specialist – certified by a PA State approved entity
  • Demonstrates knowledge of recovery/wellness principles and ability to model and mentor the recovery process and demonstrate effective coping skills
  • A high school diploma or GED
  • At least one year of paid or volunteer work; or any combination of experience, education or training that would provide the level of knowledge, skill and ability required.
  • Ability to establish supporting trusting relationships with people with mental illnesses and respect for peoples’ rights and personal preferences is essential.
  • Good oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a focused interdisciplinary team.


  • Frequent interactions with peers who are at different stages of recovery.
  • May be required to assist with crisis intervention in emergency situations in an ancillary/supportive role educating and supporting peers in the development and implementation of WRAP and Advanced Directives.
  • Light lifting and/or carrying, not to exceed 25 lbs.
  • Local travel required.
  • Flexibility in scheduling and available to do 24-hour on-call coverage.

Horizon House offers competitive compensation and a comprehensive benefit package including: medical & dental, (9) nine paid holidays, generous paid time off, tuition reimbursement, retirement savings plan, voluntary tax sheltered annuity, transit benefit program, opportunities for advancement and more.

To be considered an applicant, please you can apply at www.hhinc.org and click on the careers tab.

 Horizon House, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer • M/F/Veteran/ Disability/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity


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