• Temporary, Peer Specialist

    Job Locations US-NY-Brooklyn
    Position Number
    Peer Engagement Program
    Temporary Full-Time
    FLSA Status
    Minimum Salary
    USD $45,000.00/Yr.
    Maximum Salary
    USD $45,000.00/Yr.
  • Overview

    Temporary position through December 2019


    Job Summary: 

    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: 

    • Outreach HARP enrolled recipients' in the community to engage, educate, and connect to ICL RCA for HCBS assessments and enrollments.
    • Outreach to HARP at Risk clients and connect to case management and clinical services.
    • Peer Support Services, on a schedule established by the program.
    • Engage recipients regarding plans for meeting service needs, and aids the recipients to mobilize inner capabilities and environmental resources to attain goals Educates recipients about self-help techniques and self-help group processes
    • Teaches recipients effective coping strategies based on personal experience
    • Teaches symptom management skills
    • Assists in clarifying rehabilitation and recovery goals.
    • Assists in maintaining up-to-date, accurate individual case records on each assigned
    • Assists in obtaining and developing resource information for recipients in all aspects of their care; disseminates this information to recipients in a manner that is clear and understandable.
    • Assist the recipient in meeting HCBS service plan goal
    • Helps facilitate individualized services to the recipient that meet the diverse needs of the recipient
    • Explains the types of clinical services, and programs available to recipients; helps instruct the recipient in daily living skills, socializat ion skill enhancement, and conflict
    • Accompanies recipients on regularly scheduled or emergency visits to medical treatment facilities, social agencies, government offices, or other locations associated with the treatment or assistance of the
    • Advocates on behalf of recipient with outside service providers and within I
    • Assists resident/recipient in finding and getting into vocational training or other training opportunities , and works with other team members in addressing the needs of recipients
    • Immediately reports serious incidents, serious incident allegations, incidents, or sensitive situations to supervi Completes incident reports in accordance with ICL policy.
    • Other job-related duties that may be assigned.


    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.


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