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Certified Peer Support Specialist (CPS) (HIRING AND RETENTION BONUS)


Since 1832, Pressley Ridge has done whatever it takes to create success for children, adults and families. Pressley Ridge's innovative programming helps to rebuild communities and families who are facing difficult challenges and complex situations. From mental health and foster care services to residential treatment facilities and education for children with special needs, including autism and deafness. Pressley Ridge empowers nearly 8,000 kids and families each year with the ability and confidence to succeed.

As one of the 2019 Pittsburgh Post Gazette's Top Work Places, we invite you to join our Treatment Foster Care Program. Employees at Pressley Ridge enjoy, free medical benefits for individuals, retirement plan with company match and give, annual educational benefits (up to $1500 per year),and ample paid time off including their birthday. Consider joining the Pressley Ridge Treatment Foster Care team by helping our resource parents impact the lives and futures of children, adolescents, and their families.

  1. For assigned cases the Certified Peer Specialist will:
    1. Assist youth in articulating personal goals for recovery.
    2. Assist youth in determining their treatment goals/objectives.
    3. Teach and support acquisition and utilization of skills needed to facilitate individual recovery.
    4. Promote the knowledge of available service options and choices.
    5. Observe the progress youth make toward meeting objectives.
    6. Serve as a mentor/role model demonstrating competency in recovery, effective coping skills and self-help strategies.
  2. Develop and conduct Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP) individual and group education. Educate and engage individuals in the WRAP process as a means to recognize early triggers, signs of relapse, and use of individual coping strategies.
  3. Utilize assessment and planning tools from the TIP model.
  4. Assist with teaching independent living skills such as accessing public transportation options, cooking, cleaning, etc. May instruct youth in group settings, individually or in their homes as appropriate.
  5. Maintain caseload schedule and assure that Independence Ahead MTAY criteria are met. Monitor and keep case records on youth and report progress team.
  6. Maintain all records in accordance with the standards established by the Independence Ahead MTAY; as well as all local, state and federal laws and accreditation guidelines. Assure that all work is properly documented in consumer records, or elsewhere, as required.
  7. Assist in transporting and attending internal and community based meetings as deemed appropriate by the Independence Ahead MTAY.
  8. Accompany and support youth enrolled in social/leisure, educational, occupational, and/or advocacy based community integration activities.
EducationHigh School (required)
ExperiencePeer Support Certification (required)
Within the last 3 years has maintained at least 12 months of successful full or part time paid or voluntary work experience OR obtained at least 24 credit hours of post-secondary education. (required)
Young adult who is or has a lived experience as a recipient of mental health services and is willing to disclose his/her peer status to team members and consumers. (required)

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)
Pittsburgh, PA, 15229, US