Peer Specialist

Job Locations US-NY-Brooklyn
Position Number
Pathway to Wellness
Regular Full-Time
FLSA Status
Minimum Salary
USD $35,000.00/Yr.
Maximum Salary
USD $35,000.00/Yr.




Under the general supervision of the Pathway to Wellness Program Director, Peer Specialists serve as role models, educate recipients 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 and networks. The Peer Specialist is responsible for building of relationships with program consumers and their networks of support in order to support the person’s recovery.



  • Travels to/visits recipients' residences to provide services including Psychosocial Rehabilitation, Habilitation/Residential Support Services, or Empowerment Peer Support Services, on a schedule established by the program.
  • Counsels 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 Health Home 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
  • Assists in referring recipients to community resources and other
  • 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.
  • Accounts for recipients and files missing person reports on recipients not accounted for in accordance with ICL policy and procedure.


  • Ability to work with recipients, families, and staff in a caring and respectful manner, and with due understanding of and consideration for cultural differences.
  • Ability to serve as a role model to recipients.
  • Ability to complete written forms and reports in an accurate and timely manner.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with staff, recipients, families, and the public.
  • Ability to prepare accurate and timely documentation, reports and other written material as assigned.
  • Ability to secure the cooperation of and work effectively with others
  • Ability to work independently, and to conform to all applicable safety and accountability measures





Minimum: High School diploma or GED; must be past or current recipient of mental health and/or substance use recovery services. Demonstrated interpersonal communications skills and the ability to empathize with, relate to and effectively work with recipients of mental health and/or substance use services AND some experience  with active participation in mental health self-help activities, peer support or peer advocacy programs, or recipient run organizations or similar experiences or programs.

Preferred: Full certification as OMH Certified Peer Specialist or OASAS certified Peer Specialist. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in both mental health and substance abuse disorder.  

Certifications: This position description is a guide to the critical duties and essential functions of the job, not an all-inclusive list of responsibilities, qualifications, physical demands, and work environment conditions.  Position descriptions are reviewed and revised to meet the changing needs of the agency at the sole discretion of executive management.






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