Peer Specialist

Job Locations US-NY-Brooklyn
Position Number
ICL Beacon Program
Regular Full-Time
FLSA Status
Minimum Salary
USD $40,000.00/Yr.
Maximum Salary
USD $40,000.00/Yr.


ICL Beacon Program with MetroPlus is here to ensure that Health and Recovery Program (HARP) members who are not enrolled in a Health Home, are given the opportunity to access Home and Community Based Services. ICL Beacon Program links clients to HCBS, Home & Community Based Services, targeting a special need for the client, either with education, vocational services, employment services and peer and family support. The goals of program are to increase engagement in care, reduce ER/inpatient utilization, and improve quality of life.



Job Summary: 

Under the general supervision of the RCA Project 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 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. The majority of duties are often performed independently under general supervision.




Essential Job Functions: 

  • Travels to/visits recipients' residences to provide HCBS 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 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, socialization 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 ICL
  • Other job-related duties that may be assigned.



Minimum: Demonstrates 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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