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General Summary

Contributes in a peer support capacity to facilitate recovery and enhance wellness by sharing his/her personal/practical experience and first-hand knowledge to the team and clients. Provides expertise about the recovery process, symptom management, and the persistence required by patients to have a satisfying life. Serves as a role model for recovery for both staff and peers and partners with peers in developing recovery tools and building support networks.

WellSpan Philhaven
York ACT Program - 150 Roosevelt Ave, York

Draws on common experiences as a peer to provide guidance and encouragement to patients to take responsibility and actively participate in their own recovery.
Assists designated peers with rehabilitation social support, advocacy, educational and vocational mentoring, and self-maintenance.
Provides side-by-side support and coaching to help patients socialize, such as going with a patient to the grocery store, movies, library, etc. during program hours of operation which may require use of staff's personal vehicle.
Supports patient participation in community self-help groups.
Coaches or teaches basic individual living skills, such as food preparation, meal planning, laundry, bill payment and personal hygiene.
Provides education about symptoms of mental illness to assist patients in understanding their mental illness and identifying relapse symptoms.
Works with patients in supporting their individual choice and preference regarding medications, under the direction of the physician and nursing staff.
Promotes participation in Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) and Psychiatric Advance Directives (PAD) planning among peers.
Partners with peers to create, review and attain goals on the Individual Recovery Plan.
Completes necessary documentation for each peer encounter (i.e. service activity, contact sheets, etc.) within 48 hours of encounter.
Completes monthly log of services provided.
Acquires knowledge or resources in assigned county/counites while maintaining an excellent working relationship with all providers.
Acts as a liaison with other community agencies/groups, funding sources and businesses that relate to the services provided to peers.
Participates in the on-call system according to WellSpan Philhaven ACT policy.
Required for All Jobs:

Performs other related duties as identified.
WellSpan Health has adopted and implemented a compliance program to support WellSpan's values and standards for professionalism, integrity, and ethics. Expected to support and meet the values and standards of the organization and the performance expectations of the job, the department, and the compliance program.
WellSpan Health has adopted and implemented a privacy program to safeguard the patient information and the business and operational information of the organization. Expected to support and meet the values and standards of the organization to safeguard patient and business/operational information.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.

Physical Demands:

Standing - Occasionally
Walking - Occasionally
Sitting - Frequently
Reaching - Rarely
Talking - Frequently
Hearing - Frequently
Repetitive Motions - Occasionally
Eye/Hand/Foot Coordination - Occasionally


Minimum Education:

High School Diploma or GED Required
Work Experience:

1 year Experience in navigating/personal knowledge and experience in the mental health system; professional office work experience. Required

Certified Peer Specialist Upon Hire Required
Driver's License Statement:

Must possess a valid driver's license in the current state of residence. Driving record must meet requirements established by WellSpan Risk Management.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Excellent human relations and oral/written communication skills.
Knowledge of and ability in the care and support of individuals in a specific age group.