Services for the Underserved

Peer Specialist

Job Location US-NY-Brooklyn
Type
Regular Full-Time

Position Overview

We are seeking a Peer Specialist as part of the CCBHC, Article 31 Outpatient Mental Health Clinic at Wellness Works. Our clinic is located in Brooklyn, NY. The Peer Specialist will promote client advocacy as part of the OnTrackNY team, ensures the quality of care for consumers who are living with mental health diagnosis, and provides harm reduction outreach and case management services. OnTrackNY is an innovative treatment program at the Wellness Works Clinic serving adolescents and young adults who are within two years of experiencing the onset of non-affective psychosis. Those with Recovery Coach, Peer and Family Advocacy experience strongly encouraged to apply.

 

The Peer Specialist will perform the following functions;

  • Outreach/Engagement/Bridge Building: Helping to facilitate engagement by forging strong connections with participants and families residing in homeless shelters (including S:US Blake and S:US Renaissance) and surrounding communities. Undertaking outreach activities designed to promote community awareness of S:US services, encouraging help-seeking, and at times serving as a bridge between treatment team members and participants when they experience ambivalence about substance use  treatment (including Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) and outpatient Substance Use Disorder (SUD) treatment).
  • Combating Overdose: Peer Specialists will be certified to train and distribute Naloxone kits to individuals and their family members.
  • Relationship Building: Developing authentic, meaningful relationships with individuals and families through empathy, sharing experiences, listening and collaborating with genuine curiosity and interest.
  • Embracing Creative Narratives: Peer Specialists need to be able to understand, share and discuss multiple frameworks for understanding life experiences such as substance use and psychosis with participants and the rest of the S:US team. Peer Specialists intentionally use language in the service of listening to understand and making space for complex personal stories of recovery and resilience.
  • Advocacy: Peer Specialists advocate with and for program participants both in the larger community and on the team.
  • Co-Creating Support and Wellness Tools: Collaborate with participants to clarify their personal visions and develop their wellness toolkit. Along with other team members, Peer Specialists support participants in strengthening their self-awareness, building life skills, and connecting to resources and community outside of the S:US team.
  • Influencing Team Culture: Whenever possible, positively influencing the team culture by advocating for clients, promoting a youth friendly approach and encouraging the use of recovery oriented language. S:US Peer Specialists also work actively within the team itself to help build an environment that operates from a belief in the human potential to grow and an understanding of human diversity.
  • Team Communication: Peer Specialists maintain open and frequent communication with the team. This includes reporting safety and other concerns to the team. Peer Specialists will also keep notes on visits with program participants as required by the provider agency. In the spirit of peer support, co-collaborating on reporting with the program participant is encouraged.

Qualifications

  • OMH Peer Certification required.
  • Recovery Coach, Peer Specialist or Family Peer Advocate experience.
  • It is preferable that the individual’s lived experience of mental health challenges includes experience with psychosis. 
  • Two years of active participation in mental health self-help activities, peer support or peer advocacy programs, or participant run organizations or similar experiences or programs required.
  • The Peer Specialist should understand the community in which the team is based with an awareness of available community resources.
  • The Peer Specialist should also be someone who has made positive and productive progress toward his or her own recovery.
  • Demonstrate good interpersonal communications skills and the ability to empathize with, relate to and effectively work with participants of mental health services.
  • Excellent judgment/ ability to understand boundaries when working with participants of mental health services is required.
  • Adhere to on call cell phone system to facilitate crisis intervention, emergencies and other situations that require immediate action.
  • Significant travel to visit clients in their home and other settings is required; 75%.

Effective August 30, 2021, unless granted a reasonable accommodation for disability, all new hires must show proof of vaccination against the COVID-19 virus.  If hired for one of our city sponsored programs, this requirement must be met by your date of hire.

Company Overview

Join a team of employees who cares about the wellbeing of others.  We believe in fostering a culture built on our core values:  respect, integrity, support, maximizing individual potential and continuous quality improvement. 

 

S:US is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information. S:US is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities, including allowance of the use of services animals.

 

Benefits Overview: We offer attractive compensation with comprehensive benefits including: Medical/Dental/Prescription/Vision/Life Insurance; 403(b); Credit Union; FSAs; Short-and-Long-Term Disability; Transportation Plan; Generous Paid Vacations and Holidays

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