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  • Peer Specialist

    Job Locations US-NY-Long Island City
    Position Number
    79531502
    Department
    Borden Avenue Veterans Residence
    Type
    Regular Full-Time
    FLSA Status
    Non-Exempt
    Minimum Salary
    USD $36,137.50/Yr.
    Maximum Salary
    USD $36,137.50/Yr.
  • Overview

    JOB SUMMARY:

    Peer Counselors are former residents who have moved from Transitional Residence for Veterans and who are successfully employed and living in permanent housing. They participate in the coordination of services and model the behaviors needed to move to permanent housing. They provide advocacy and counseling support to the residents.

    Responsibilities

    ESSENTIAL TASKS:

    • Encourage and assist residents to participate in physical, social, recreational, educational, and other rehabilitation goals to facilitate the residents’ recovery/healing and their fuller participation in the life of their family and community.
    • Assist the Recovery Specialist/Social Worker staff and Case Managers in running wellness and community integration groups.
    • Assist residents with applications for services such as: Access-A-Ride, HRA, Social Security, MTA half-fare cards and other benefits and entitlements in collaboration with the Entitlements Counselor.
    • Assist the Recreation Specialist and Unit Counselors in using neighborhoods for recreational-based incentive programs.
    • Provide motivational interviewing to residents as needed.
    • Participate in length-of-stay reviews.
    • Help residents to identify and access community resources both prior to and after moving into non- transitional housing.
    • Encourage resident socialization both in and out of Transitional Residence for Veterans.
    • Facilitate self-help groups.
    • Assist the recovery Specialists/Social Workers in the facilitation of gender-specific groups that address gender- related community reintegration and adaptation issues that include gender role identity, socialization skills development, family relationship, intimacy, and sex education issues.
    • Advocate on behalf of residents in the facility and in the community.
    • Escort residents to appointments if they want such support to maintain service continuity.
    • Participate in wellness self-management and other recovery-oriented groups.
    • Interact with residents in assigned neighborhoods.
    • Assist residents in the neighborhood with meeting their daily living needs; assist in developing the spirit, values and culture of the neighborhoods.

    Qualifications

    MINIMUM EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE QUALIFICATIONS:

    • Must be a veteran
    • Completion of an internship or comparable training in peer advocacy; experience in providing peer advocacy services to people who are homeless and/or who have disabilities
    • Past or current recipient of mental health, substance services or homeless services preferred.

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