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Senior Peer Specialist


Sr. Peer Specialists are individuals with lived experience who provide non-clinical support as  a part of a the creation of a new Behavioral Health Nursing Home Transition/Diversion Team.  As a member of this team , the Peer Specialist will support the behavioral health treatment and coordination using models of recovery values and to assess and treat:

  • short- and long- term residents of nursing facilities and skilled nursing facilities throughout Allegheny County
  • adults eligible for nursing home services who are currently living in the community within Allegheny County

This team will work together with the aim to support transition plans back into the community for nursing residents and support community participants to remain in their home/community and preventing admission/readmission to nursing facility care, whenever possible. In addition, this team will promote active coordination and consulting within the team, the nursing facility, service coordinators, other community-based supports/behavioral health treatment and/or aging service providers, and the participant’s family/caregivers/social supports, as appropriate. 


Travel will be required to meet participants within the community or nursing facilities. Reliable transportation required. Mileage reimbursement provided. The schedule for this position will be M-F daylight, but may need to occasionally provide services outside of normal business hours in the event of an urgent need.


  • Teach problem solving and social skills to consumers individually or in a group setting, through role modeling, coaching, and skill building in such areas as money management, transportation use, time management, etc.
  • Act as a mentor to peer specialists through onboarding and on the job training.
  • Co-lead or help facilitate recovery specialist or wellness meetings.
  • Advocate for consumers and for the recovery message by actively participating in staff meetings, treatment team meetings, etc. and appropriately interjecting the consumer viewpoint and recovery goals.
  • Demonstrates expert knowledge and application of Wellness Recovery Action Plan, Personal Medicine, and Mental Health Advanced Directives documents and being able to share own recovery experience.
  • Accompany consumers at various community support meetings or events whenever it is appropriate and provide follow-up services to consumers in a 1 to 1 setting, by phone, or by mobile visits.
  • Identify an individual program specific initiative on an annual basis.
  • Assist consumers in recovery management, including identifying recovery goals, barriers to achieving these goals and strategies to meeting goals.
  • Monitor consumer progress with recovery goals and provide expert feedback as appropriate to consumer, family members, and clinical staff.
  • Assist consumers in identifying natural supports and resources in the community and educate consumers on how to utilize them in the recovery process.
  • Serve as an expert resource for peer specialists through participating on committees and attending conferences.
  • Maintain all required paperwork and documentation in a timely manner, as directed by Supervisor.
  • May provide feedback and input on Peer Specialist competencies.
  • Maintain appropriate boundaries, as described in peer orientation trainings.
  • Provide advanced peer support services to consumers in the program setting, community, or in the consumer's home--as directed by Supervisor.



  • High School Diploma or equivalent.
  • Certified Peer Specialist or Certified Recovery Specialist certification is required.
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities and mentorship skills.
  • Minimum of one year of Peer Specialist experience or applicable experience.
  • Have lived experience and a self-disclosed primary mental health diagnosis, having experienced the recovery process, and willing to share experiences to the benefit of consumers served.
  • Basic understanding of mental health and co-occurring disorder conditions or substance use that interfere with the activities of daily living and mental health wellness.
  • Progressed in own recovery and have basic understanding of the recovery principles: Hope, Personal Responsibility, Empowerment Skills, Self-Advocacy, Educational Opportunities, and the importance of using personal and community Supports. 
  • Able to articulate to consumers, families, and to interested stakeholders that peer support is a non-clinical service to promote recovery wellness. Entry-level competency using a computer, including email use and Microsoft Word.

    Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Certified Peer Specialist (CPRS)
  • Comprehensive Crisis Management (CCMC)
  • Act 31 Child Abuse Reporting with renewal
  • Act 33 with renewal
  • Act 34 with renewal
  • Act 73 FBI Clearance with renewal

  • UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

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