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Peer Support Specialist
Req Code:2020:2193-002
County:Philadelphia County, PA
FT/PT:Full Time
Location:2193-PEACE: 520 N. Delaware Ave.
Schedule:Monday - Friday
  
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 full-time Peer Support Specialist to work in our Homeless Services Division.

Purpose:

The Youth Peer Support Specialist will be an individual who has had direct experience with mental health services and will utilize those
experiences to collaborate with, coach and challenge individuals to view their life situations as an opportunity for growth and change
within each individual’s recovery. The Youth Peer Support Specialist will aid mental health providers and youth/young adults to move
toward self –advocacy in the attainment of their own, culturally specific life goals.

· To function as a fully integrated member of a collaborative, multidisciplinary team that promotes self-determination,
personal responsibility and empowerment inherent in self-directed recovery.
· To assist program participants with psychosis to regain control over their own lives and their own recovery process.
· Assist youth and young adults in understanding components of recovery and resiliency and in applying skills to achieve life
goals.
· Participate in ongoing program development and enhancement at partner agencies, building on the strengths of
youth/young adults and maintaining youth/young adults’ connections to the community.
· Support agency staff in efforts to engage youth/young adults in services.
Supervision Received:
· Receives direct supervision and ensures training from the Lead Resilience Counselor
Supervision Exercised:

· N/A


Job Qualifications:
· A person who is self identified as meeting or has met criteria for prodromal or psychotic disorder who has utilized mental
health and/or co-occurring services and has been trained and certified to help her/his peers identify and achieve specific
self-determined goals.
· Has completed an approved peer specialist certification training curriculum.
· 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
demonstrates effective coping skills.
· A high school diploma or GED and within the last three (3) years has maintained at least 12 months of successful full or
part-time paid or volunteer work experience or obtained at least 24 (24) credit hours of post-secondary education; or any
combination of experience, education or training that would provide the level of knowledge, skill and ability required.
· Ability to establish supportive 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 meet agency productivity and documentation standards
· Strong interpersonal skills
· Ability to work independently and as part of a focused interdisciplinary team

Scope:
· 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.
· Interact with youth/young adults as a peer by sharing common experiences and modeling resiliency and recover.
· Requires the ability to lift, carry, fold, kneel, stack, stoop and bend which may include direct intervention with participants.
· Possess manual dexterity and fine motor skills.
· Light lifting and/or carrying, not to exceed 25 lbs.
· Local travel required.
· Flexibility in scheduling.


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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