Services for the Underserved

Peer Specialist

US-NY-Brooklyn
Category
Behavioral Health
Type
Regular Part-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 Summary:

The Peer Specialist ensures the quality of care for consumers who are living with mental health problems, and provides harm reduction outreach and case management services.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Interface with representatives from Probation/ Parole in order to encourage consumer compliance with requirements and facilitate communication.
  • Act as an advocate for consumers as appropriate; encourage and support self- advocacy.
  • Develop and facilitate a peer support group for agency consumers.
  • Develop, with consumers, individualized strategies for reducing the negative consequences of drug use and not taking medication for mental illness.
  • Provide outreach intervention and referral services through the distribution of materials, information, education and prevention messages to consumers in their homes and/or in group settings.
  • Promote problem solving and decision making skill development, particularly in the areas of drug use, sexual risk reduction, and medical treatment.

Qualifications

  • Graduated of Howe the Harp or other Peer Specialist training program.
  • High School degree preferred.
  • CASAC credential a plus.
  • Bilingual skills preferred.
  • Knowledge of and commitment to Harm Reduction Model is required.

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