Services for the Underserved

  • Peer Specialist

    Job Location US-NY-Brooklyn
    Behavioral Health
    Regular Full-Time
  • Position Overview

    The Peer Specialist will perform a wide variety of tasks related to the care, support, education, socialization, habilitation, recovery/healing, safety, security, and support of adults diagnosed with mental illness and substance abuse disorder who are transitioning to various levels of independent housing setting. These tasks focus on supporting, instructing, and assisting recipients of services to develop the skills needed to live, work, and socialize successfully in the community environments of their choice and also in maintaining a safe living environment. In addition, workers also advocate for clients and support families or other caregivers in their efforts to assist these individuals.


    Job responsibilities:
    • Engage in-patient clients at acute care hospitals, state psychiatric centers or state operated residences and participate in the coordination of their discharge.
    • Provide intensive emotional and practical support to clients as they transition back into their communities and into a support housing living environment.
    • Conduct home visits as assigned.
    • Develop short term person centered treatment plans to assist client towards achieving their goals.
    • Monitor and record client’s progress with respect to treatment goals.
    • Assist and instruct individuals in attending to personal hygiene, grooming, nutrition and daily living.
    • Support clients in sustaining community tenure by ensuring strong linkage to community based treatment programs and resources.
    • Accompany clients to appointments with community based treatment providers and other services as needed.
    • Assist and supervise in meal preparation, laundry and light house keeping tasks.
    • Comply with all required in-service training and staff development.
    • Perform other related duties as assigned.


    • Completion of an internship or comparable training in peer advocacy
    • Experience in providing advocacy services to people who are mentally ill and/or homeless.
    • Past or current recipient of mental health, substance services or homeless services preferred.

    Company Overview

    Services for the UnderServed (S:US) believes every New Yorker has the right to lead a life of purpose. Since 1978, S:US has been turning this belief into reality by advocating for people with life circumstances marked by homelessness, intellectual/developmental disability, behavioral health and addiction challenges, poverty, criminal justice involvement, and trauma. Our dedicated workforce of 2,400 provides services and supports to transform the lives of 35,000 individuals and families in New York City and Long Island. Learn more about S:US, our mission, and values by visiting


    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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