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Certified Peer Specialist (CPS), Health Federation of Philadelphia

Posted Date: 
Tuesday, June 9, 2020 - 2:45pm
Expiration Date: 
Saturday, August 8, 2020 - 2:45pm
Job Summary: 

The Health Federation of Philadelphia is seeking a Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) to join the Integrated Peer Models for Health pilot project to test an innovative model for providing direct services to individuals in North Philadelphia living with chronic physical and behavioral health conditions.

The CPS will provide person-centered peer support services to adults who are diagnosed with both mental illness and diabetes to address social determinants of health (SDOH). The expectation is that this professional will serve as an advocate for the participants, providing recovery and wellness information and assisting in the identification of program services to individuals with mental illnesses or substance use challenges to aid in their recovery process.

The CPS is expected to promote and contribute positively to the program and to program partnerships, and will work closely with a Community Health Worker (CHW).  The work is performed under the close partnership with a CHW and a program director with the support of a Nurse Practitioner and Care Manager.

The work will vary day to day. The CPS and CHW will work with participants at community sites, and/or health care provider sites.


The CPS/CHW team will:

  • Provide person-centered peer support services to adults diagnosed with both diabetes and mental illness.
  • Be responsible for serving as an advocate for the participants, providing recovery and wellness information and assisting in the identification of program services to support participants.
  • Collaborate with other organizations providing peer support in a variety of settings.
  • Conduct a needs assessment and help participants to set health goals.
  • Partner with each patient/participant to develop a recovery plan that includes their chosen support system in becoming self-sufficient while working on overall wellness.
  • Conduct contact follow-up calls and home visits to participants.
  • Use motivational techniques to assist participants to meet their health goals.
  • Help participants with social issues such as homelessness, substance abuse and hunger.
  • Participate in weekly 1:1 supervision and team meetings to discuss and assess participants in various life domains.
  • is Properly document all contact, interactions and encounters with participants in detail.
  • In conjunction with the Program Director and the CHW, assist in the creation of a monthly schedule of peer-directed activities.
  • Assist participants to ensure attendance at primary and specialist care, mental health and other appointments.
  • Help participants complete applications for various types of assistance including Medical Assistance and SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program).
  • Utilize electronic resources and an electronic referral tool for connecting to social services.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Certification as a Certified Peer Specialist by the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania or equivalent accrediting body, or
  • Minimum of a High School or GED Diploma.
  • National Certified Peer Specialist certified is preferred


  • Past experience as a Community Health Worker or Certified Peer Specialist is a plus.
  • Interest in helping your community, demonstrated by informal experience, including helping neighbors or family members.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of the local health care and mental health systems.
  • Preferably a resident of North Philadelphia.
  • Technical savvy, to include the ability to create, read and send email through Gmail, create word documents in Microsoft Word, use Google calendar, learn a data entry system, and work within an internet/intranet environment. The right candidate can be trained in these skills if not experienced in them.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Comfortable with home visits and outreach.
  • Knowledge of trauma informed care is a plus.

Work Environment:

The work location may vary day to day. CPS and CHW will work with participants at community sites, and/or health care provider sites.

Position Type and Work Schedule:

Full time position, typical hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.  Some evenings and weekend hours are likely.  Flex office schedule options available with supervisor approval.  This is a temporary position, which is expected to run from July 2020 to June 2021. There may be the possibility of continued employment after this time period, but this is not guaranteed.


The Health Federation of Philadelphia staff has been working remotely to comply with the social distancing measures mandated by the city of Philadelphia and the state of Pennsylvania. After these measures are lifted a combination of remote work and travel to organizations in Philadelphia will be necessary.

Physical Demands:

Ability to transport materials, routinely moves equipment or supplies weighing up to 30 lbs.

Salary and Benefits:

Our employees are our most valuable resource, so we offer a competitive and comprehensive benefits package, which can include:

  • Medical with vision benefits
  • Dental insurance
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • Life,  AD&D and long term care insurance
  • Short- and long-term disability insurance
  • 403(b) Retirement Plan, with a company contribution
  • Paid time off including vacation, sick, personal and holiday
  • Employee Assistance Program

Eligibility and participation is handled consistent with the plan documents and HFP policy. 


The Health Federation reserves the right to modify, interpret, or apply this job description in any way the Company desires. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by an employee assigned to this position. This job description in no way implies that these are the only duties, including essential duties, responsibilities and/or skills to be performed by the employee occupying this position. This job description is not an employment contract, implied, or otherwise. The employment relationship remains “at will.” The aforementioned job requirements are subject to change to reasonably accommodate qualified disabled individuals.

The Health Federation of Philadelphia (HFP) is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation or preference, marital status or any classification protected by federal, state or local law.