Services for the Underserved

Peer Specialist - Pathway Home Program, Metropolitan Hospital

US-NY-New York
Category
Treatment Services
Type
Regular Full-Time

Position Overview

Services for the UnderServed (SUS) is a New York-based nonprofit organization that provides housing and support services to 25,000 individuals and their families living in New York City and Long Island.  SUS believes every New Yorker has the right to lead a life of purpose.

For more than 35 years, SUS has been transforming this belief into reality by working as an advocate for people with life circumstances marked by intellectual/developmental disability, behavioral health challenges, poverty, & histories of incarceration and/or trauma.

We drive scalable solutions to transform the lives of people with disabilities, people in poverty and people facing homelessness: solutions that contribute to righting societal imbalances. Our commitment to continuous quality improvement impacts the lives of our clients and communities while contributing to the development of our employees.

Position Overview:

S:US is in search of a Peer Specialist to be involved in a NY State Office of Mental Health (OMH) funded hospital-based care transition team that exclusively serves 730.40 designees at Metropolitan Hospital Center (MHC). 730. 40 is the designation given to patients transferred from Riker’s Island as they are considered unfit to stand trial for a misdemeanor offense due to an underlying mental health disorder. The role will involve addressing the preparatory needs of participants in the early stages of discharge planning, development of daily living skills, and coping mechanisms through group and individual work on the hospital units. The team will follow individuals into the community using the evidence-based Critical Time Intervention model of care to ensure that they become both linked and engaged with identified community providers and that their support network is sufficient to meet their needs. The role will require on call coverage and a willingness to work flexible hours.

Qualifications

Requirements:

  • Completion of an internship or comparable training in peer advocacy or have the ability to obtain the certification within 9 months of start of employment
  • Experience in providing advocacy services to people who are mentally ill, criminal justice involved, and/or homeless
  • Past or current recipient of mental health, substance use, criminal justice, or homeless services preferred
  • Two (2) years of related experience in the healthcare, social service, or criminal justice field, preferably with the target population
  • A Bachelor's Degree is preferred but not essential

 

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