Certified Peer Specialist at Service Access & Management, Inc. (Reading)

Employer Name:

Service Access & Management, Inc.


Reading, PA


Certified Peer Specialist


Part Time = up to 26 hours and Full Time = 40 hours. Hours are flexible.

Position Description:

Summary of Responsibilities:

Under the general direction of the Mental Health Forensic Specialist (Certified Peer Supervisor), Service Access and Management, Inc. is seeking to increase access to forensic peer support services for medical assistance eligible adults age 18 years of age and older with severe and persistent mental illness and/or co-occurring disorders and forensic issues. These individuals will receive the services from highly trained Certified Peer Specialists (CPS), who are self-identified behavioral health consumers with personal experience in the legal system and have an advanced certification in Forensic CPS and specialize in serving the forensic population.

This person is expected to exercise initiative and judgment in discharging his/her responsibilities. Duties are conducted in accordance with all existing policies, procedures and regulations and in accord with the Mission and Values of the Company.

Essential Functions:
 Promote principles of recovery with members, providers, and stakeholders.
 Provide recovery coaching concerning; assisting in recovery management, identification of personal strengths/ assets, development of a strength-based recovery plan/recovery goals, and strategies to meet goals.
 Assist in identifying or re-connecting to natural supports including but not limited to peer recovery supports and self-help groups in the community.
 Assist in scheduling appointments as needed.
 Assist with accessing and navigating the mental health and/or D&A service system.
 Assist with accessing and navigating mental health court, Adult Probation, Justice Related Services and the legal system.
 Participate in treatment team meetings, continuing care (aftercare) meetings, as requested by the individual.
 Demonstrate flexibility in schedule in order to meet individual’s needs.
 Advocate for the individual’s community needs, medical, and behavioral health needs.
 Utilize motivational interviewing to effectively identify the individual’s strengths, needs, motivation, triggers, and goals in managing life circumstances.
 Bridge the gap between the physical health care and behavioral health treatment.
 Provides telephonic assistance to individuals and family members concerning recovery tools and resources.
 Empower the individual to self-advocate and follow through with treatment (making and attending scheduled appointments, setting goals, and community networking.)
 Travel throughout the service area.
 Utilize laptop to document and bill for services through electronic record software.

Job Requirements:

Minimum Requirements (education, experience, etc.)

 A high school diploma or general equivalency degree (GED)
 At least one (1) year of documented volunteer or paid work experience within the last three (3) years is required;
 Must be 21 years of age or older;
 Must have completed the necessary Peer Specialist training programs and have successfully passed the certification test
 Self-identified behavioral health consumers with personal experience in the legal system Demonstrated proficiency in verbal and written communications
 Commitment to Peer choice and empowerment
 Basic understanding of WRAP and advanced directives

Required Licenses, Certificates or Knowledge:

 Must have completed the necessary Peer Specialist training program and have successfully passed the certification test.
 Knowledge of community resources
 Computer skills, including the ability to complete work in Microsoft Word and Excel

Minimum Employment Requirements:

 Access to reliable automobile
 Valid PA driver’s license and acceptable motor vehicle record check
 Act 33, Act 34, Act 73 Clearances
 Social Security Card
 Immigration/Naturalization Clearance (I-9)
 Drug Screening

Personal Characteristics

 Comfortable performing multifaceted projects in conjunction with day-to-day activities
 Ability to get along with diverse populations, tactful, mature, flexible
 Possess sound judgement and reasoning abilities
 Possess verbal and written communication skills
 Resourceful and well organized
 Comfortable with team process
 Ability to establish credibility
 Must be decisive, assertive and persuasive

Instructions on how to apply:

How to Apply: www.sam-inc.org
Contact Person: Jelitza Motta
Phone Number: 484-824-3691
Fax: 610-236-4894
Email: jmotta@sam-inc.org