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Certified Peer Specialist

Position Summary:

CHAPS has openings in our Certified Peer Specialist Programs to work with youth 14-18 years of age (the Compass Program) and also individuals over 18 years old. A Certified Peer Specialist is an individual who self-identifies as currently or formally receiving mental health or co-occurring services. The role of a Certified Peer Specialist is to provide 1-on-1 person-centered interventions to help individuals experiencing mental illness achieve recovery and integration in their communities. Additionally, Certified Peer Specialists work alongside individuals to help promote self-advocacy and wellness, assist with recognizing and applying their strengths toward identified goals, identify and develop natural supports, and navigate the service delivery systems to facilitate coordination with other service providers.


  • Be a self-identified individual who has experienced mental illness, and has or continues to actively address their recovery through supports and services.
  • Eighteen (18) years of age or older. For Compass program, individuals are between 18-35 years of age.
  • College degree preferred, or significant work and life experience with high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Within the last three (3) years, 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; and have related, supervised work or volunteer experience, as approved by the Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB).
  • Be willing to successfully complete a PCB-approved CPS training course.
  • Hold and maintain CPS certification through the PCB or attain certification through the PCB within six months of hire and maintain CPS certification.
  • Act 33/34, Act 151, FBI Fingerprints
  • Ability to manage own work schedule, set own appointments
  • Possess effective written/verbal communication, boundary setting & computer skills.
  • Possess a valid Pennsylvania driver’s license with a good driving record.
  • Firm belief that recovery is possible for all.


Essential Job Functions:

  • Assist individuals in the establishment of personal recovery goals.
  • Complete timely and accurate documentation to including strengths-based assessments, service plans, progress notes, encounter forms, quarterly updates, etc.
  • Educate and model the value of unique recovery experiences for peers.
  • Strategically use self-disclosure to inspire and support peers
  • Attend weekly supervision with Peer Support Supervisor.
  • Act as a community liaison to develop relationships with service agencies and organizations.
  • Provide outreach and engagement between consumers and support organizations.
  • Facilitate community integration and consistent use of natural resources.
  • Facilitate linkage to treatment services.
  • Ensure privacy and confidentiality of individual’s information.
  • Perform other job duties as required.


Job Type:

Both Full time and Part time opportunities available
Work hours are flexible, however some evening and weekends may be needed

Location: Crawford and Venango Counties

Required Travel: Certified Peer Specialist programs are mobile which requires travel with use of an agency vehicle.

Job Type: Full time or Part time

CHAPS offers a competitive wage and excellent benefits

CHAPS is an Equal Opportunity Employer


Salary range: $14 to $16 per hour

Tentative start date: 7/1/21

To apply: Email Amanda Burke at


About CHAPS:

CHAPS is a non-profit, consumer-driven organization that was founded in 1988. CHAPS is committed to the mission of supporting consumers of mental health services, advocating for the improvement of area mental health services, and encouraging and enhancing the formation of a consumer self-help network in Crawford County. We are also committed to engaging in activities that better the lives of persons with mental illness. CHAPS has a unique blend of mental health consumers and professionals working together for the betterment of those they serve. Furthermore, CHAPS is dedicated to the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) vision that every person with serious mental illness and/or addictive disease will have the opportunity for growth, recovery, and inclusion in the community, have access to services and supports of their choice and enjoy a quality of life that includes families and friends.

The Nonprofit Partnership's offices at The Susan Hirt Hagen Center for Transformational Philanthropy are open Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM.

Phone 814.240.2490