Keystone Substance Abuse Services

Peer Support Specialist


Flexible Hours depending on agency needs.


  • Understands Keystone’s organizational chart and uses appropriate professional protocol; displays kindness and respect in all communications and interactions with stakeholders, supervisors, co-workers and patients.  Performs duties as prescribed by Supervisor(s).
  • Commits to upholding Keystone’s Vision/Mission/Core Value statements; understands and complies with Keystone’s policies and procedures; promotes a Recovery Oriented System of Care including actively supporting integration of Medication Assisted Treatment across all Keystone programs; maintains the commitment to ethics and total quality, and complies with all applicable rules and regulations including state and federal confidentiality laws.
  • Provides quality service and opportunity to all appropriate employees/patients regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, physical condition/health status or age, or because they may be considered handicapped as provided for by the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act (ADAA) of 2009.


  • Ability to demonstrate recovery expertise – including knowledge of approaches to support others in recovery and dual recovery – as well as the ability to demonstrate his or her own efforts at self-directed recovery.
  • Conducts care management for patients in collaboration with the clinical team throughout the treatment process.
  • Assesses patient needs and provides access to housing, education, employment, child care, transportation, legal services and any other needs, including Medication Assisted Treatment that would help the patient transition smoothly into the community.
  • Maintains effective communication with community partners through staffing and case review.
  • Maintains patient record in compliance with all governing bodies to include DAODAS, DHEC, CARF, DHHS (Medicaid) and DSS.
  • Requires regular and reliable attendance.
  • Remains current by attending Safety Trainings including driver training, receive an annual Tb skin test or its equivalent, and mandatory 20 hours training for re- credentialing annually.
  • Proficiency with MS office computer software applications and/or Medical Records software applications, emails, etc. 


  • To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The qualifications listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to remain seated for extended periods of time, to use hands/fingers to use various writing or computer systems, to answer telephones periodically, to file documents, and for employees of the medical withdrawal management unit, to assist patients in ambulatory motion. The normal course of business may include dealing with volatile consumers and/or stakeholders.
  • Bloodborne pathogen exposure classification: II
  • Peer support is provided by persons having self-identified substance abuse disorders who can demonstrate their own efforts toward self-directed recovery.  By definition, a PSS should be a person in recovery from an alcohol or other drug addiction, been a beneficiary of services, and possess the following: Bachelor’s degree preferred, Minimum of a high school diploma or GED.
  • One year of active participation in a local or national self-help group or recovery movement that is evidenced by previous volunteer or work experience.
  • Completion of a pre-certification program:  Forty hours of SCDHHS approved training and achievement of a passing score on the written certification exam.
  • Experience and training in working with special populations providing care management services.
  • Experience in developing and maintaining working relationships with a variety of service providers.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in oral and written form.
  • In addition to being well established in his or her own recovery, the applicant should be resilient.  They should possess the personal and community qualities that enable them to rebound from adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or other stressors and to go on with life with a sense of mastery, competence and hope.  
  • The PSS is a staff position, and those hired should be flexible and: able to demonstrate strong organizational skills; strong interpersonal and communication skills; self-motivated, with the ability to work well independently or in groups; able to exercise good judgment.


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