Under the general supervision of the HCBS 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 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 . The Peer Specialist assists service recipients through supportive counseling to participate as fully as possible in the life of the community with the intent of achieving individual goals that foster personal growth and the highest level of independence possible and desired.
Minimum: provisional certification as an OMH Certified Peer Specialist or OASAS Certified Peer Specialist
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.