Temporary position through December 2019
Under the general supervision of the RCA Project Director, Peer Engagement Specialists using their connection through shared experiences will serve as role models, who will, educate recipients whom are HARP enrolled and HARP at risk about self-help techniques and self-help group processes, teach effective coping strategies based on personal experience, teach symptom management skills, assist in clarifying rehabilitation and recovery goals and assist in the development of community support systems (Home and Community Based Services) and networks. The Peer Engagement Specialist assists assigned individuals in developing and maintaining viable living, working and social situations in the community by obtaining needed medical, social, psychosocial, educational, financial, vocational, and other services. Travels to/visits recipients' residences or apartments to provide counsel and assistance and to help the recipients, within their capabilities and interests, in maintaining the greatest degree of independent living.
Essential Job Functions:
Qualifications and Experience:
Minimum: Certification as an OMH Certified Peer Specialist or OASAS Certified Peer Specialist (preferred but not required) plus demonstrated interpersonal communications skills and the ability to empathize with, relate to and effectively work with recipients of mental health services AND two years of active participation in mental health self-help activities, peer support or peer advocacy programs, or recipient run organizations or similar experiences or programs.