Certified Peer Specialist at CMSU Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (Columbia, Montour, Snyder, and Union Counties)

Employer Name:

CMSU Behavioral Health and Developmental Services


Columbia, Montour, Snyder, and Union Counties


Certified Peer Specialist


Full Time

Position Description:

CMSU is a county-funded recovery oriented agency that has opportunities for a Certified Peer Specialist to share in its vision “To create an environment where hope leads to recovery and recovery leads to hope.”

Certified Peer Specialists (CPS) play an important role in fulfilling CMSU’s mission “To participate actively in a community-wide partnership to support residents of Columbia, Montour, Snyder, and Union Counties in achieving independence and personal development in order to enhance their quality of life.”

CMSU has a full-time job opportunity for a Certified Peer Specialist to work in its Peer-to-Peer program in central Pennsylvania. The CPS will assist individuals with developing their self-directed recovery plans, including but not limited to, WRAP, Personal Medicine, and other recovery-oriented resources.

The CPS will demonstrate an understanding of the recovery model and serve as a role model for people
with mental health challenges or serious mental illness to assist them in their recovery.

Job Requirements:

  • Achieve a passing score as a county social services Aide 1 (CMSU can assist with this process)
  • Certification by an OMHSAS approved training vendor as a Certified Peer Specialist (Current PCB
    credential preferred)
  • Current CPS certification is preferred.
  • Individuals in need of CPS Certification must have:
    • a High School diploma or GED and meet other eligibility requirements prior to CPS Certification training.
    • A self-identified mental health consumer age 18 or older who has received or is receiving mental health
      services as defined in OMHSAS MH Bulletin 16-12: Serious Mental Illness or Serious Emotional
    • In addition, within the last three years, have either maintained at least 12 months of successful paid
      work or volunteer experience, or earned at least 24 credit hours at a college or post-secondary
      educational institution.
  • Completion of PA Certification Board test with passing score after CPS training. Must obtain PCB certification within 6 months of date of hire and maintain PCB certification for duration of employment as a CPS at CMSU.
  • Valid driver’s license or willing to obtain a driver’s license.
  • FBI fingerprint, PA State Police record check, and Child Line clearances prior to date of hire
  • A reliable method of transportation to and from the work place as scheduled is essential.
  • Ability to establish a trusting relationship with peers.
  • Basic computer skills or ability to learn how to complete electronic documentation
  • CPS will work in conjunction with other community service providers to assist people to build social and personal skills that will enhance their recovery.

Additional training:

  • WRAP 1 is a plus. CMSU can assist with WRAP 1 training if it was not included in your initial CPS training
  • CPS Crisis skills training is a plus

Instructions on how to apply:

  • Email inquiries to either:
  • Send resume by postal mail to either:
    • David Lilley, CMSU Peer-to-Peer Program, Recovery Central 675 Locust Street, Bloomsburg PA 17815
    • Wes Thomas, Deputy Administrator, CMSU Program Office PO box 219, Danville PA 17821

CMSU is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Consideration of employment applications, employment, admissions, provision of services, and referral
of clients, shall be made without regard to race, color, religious creed, disability, ancestry, national
origin, age, limited English proficiency, gender, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation.