The Peer Support Specialist uses their own unique, life-altering experience in order to guide and support others who are in some form of mental health recovery. Peer Support Specialist works in conjunction with highly trained and educated professionals. They fill a gap by providing support from the perspective of someone who has first-hand experience, something that professionals cannot learn from training or education.
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Assists in the outreach and engagement of members identified as needing behavioral health support and treatment. Accompanies members to a variety of services or community support events in a variety of settings. Engages members by way of home visit, hospital visit and accompanying patients to Providers appointments as needed. Assists members with identifying recovery goals and strategies to achieve their goals. Communicates all concerns to clinical team and manager as necessary, seeking support and guidance proactively. Participates in multidisciplinary treatment team conference to maximize the treatment plan. Provides feedback to the treatment team regarding members and offering a unique perspective. Assist members with identifying natural supports and resources in their communities and teach members how to utilize these supports. Performs appointment scheduling and clerical duties as needed. Builds relationships within the community to identify resources that are available to the patients i.e.: Targeted Case Management providers, outpatient psychiatric providers, community resources, etc. Promotes community integration through the connection of resources, linking to supports, mutual-help groups, social clubs, volunteer and job opportunities.
COMPETENCIES AND SKILLS:
• Knowledge of healthcare industry's trends, directions, major issues, regulatory considerations and trendsetters.
• Knowledge of the risks faced by patients in a healthcare environment, and the ability to take steps to reduce these risks.
• Knowledge of and ability to use medical devices and tools in order to evaluate and treat patients.
• Demonstrates skills and knowledge necessary to assure assessment, treatment or care is appropriate to the age of patients served (i.e. neonates, pediatrics, adolescents, geriatrics).
• Knowledge and understanding of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
Minimum of 1 year Related work experience
High School Diploma or GED
Bachelor's Degree in Related Field of Study
Certified Peer Specialist - Required
WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSCIAL DEMANDS
Work is typically performed in a clinical and office environment. Accountable for satisfying all job specific obligations and complying with all organization policies and procedures. The specific statements in this profile are not intended to be all-inclusive. They represent typical elements considered necessary to successfully perform the job.
The specific statements shown in each section of this description are not intended to be all-inclusive. They represent typical elements considered necessary to successfully perform the job
OURPURPOSE & VALUES: Everything we do is about caring for our patients, our members, our students, our Geisinger family and our communities. KINDNESS: We strive to treat everyone as we would hope to be treated ourselves. EXCELLENCE: We treasure colleagues who humbly strive for excellence. LEARNING: We share our knowledge with the best and brightest to better prepare the caregivers for tomorrow. INNOVATION: We constantly seek new and better ways to care for our patients, our members, our community, and the nation.
ABOUT GEISINGER: Geisinger is a physician-led health system comprised of approximately 30,000 employees, including nearly 1,600 employed physicians, 13 hospital campuses, two research centers, and a 583,000-member health plan Geisinger is nationally recognized for innovative practices and quality care. Geisinger serves more than 3 million people in central, south-central and northeast Pennsylvania and also in southern New Jersey with the addition of National Malcolm Baldridge Award recipient AtlantiCare, A member of Geisinger. In 2017, the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine became the newest member of the Geisinger Family.
We offer healthcare benefits for full time and part time positions from day one, including vision, dental and domestic partners.* Perhaps just as important, from senior management on down, we encourage an atmosphere of collaboration, cooperation and collegiality. For more information, visit www.geisinger.org, or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.
** Does not qualify for J-1 waiver. We are an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer Women and Minorities are Encouraged to Apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability or their protected veteran status.
*Domestic partner benefits not applicable at Geisinger Holy Spirit.
At Geisinger, our innovative ideas are inspired by the communities we serve – like our Fresh Food
Farmacy, a program that delivers life-saving healthy alternatives to patients with diabetes. With additional tools like our MyCode Community Health Initiative, one of the first health system genome sequencing
programs, and our new asthma app suite that we developed in partnership with AstraZeneca, it’s no wonder we’re ranked one of the Top 5 Most Innovative Healthcare Systems by Becker's Hospital Review. We continually work towards continuous improvement in a culture where everyone has a voice and firmly believe that better begins with all of us.
Founded more than 100 years ago, Geisinger serves more than three million residents throughout central, south-central and northeastern Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey. Our physician-led system is comprised of 30,000 employees, including 1,600 employed physicians, and consists of 13 hospital campuses, the Geisinger Health Plan, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine and two research centers.
What you do at Geisinger shapes the future of health and improves lives – for our patients, communities, and you.