at Community Access, Inc.

Job Detail




1-2 years minimum experience

Schedule Type

Part Time - Full Time


Manhattan, New York, NY, USA




02/28/2019, 02:25 PM


Peer Specialist - Pathway Home Overview The Peer Specialist works along the Pathway Home multi-discipline team under the supervision of the Program Director. The Peer Specialist engages participants in peer-based services to identify and overcome barriers to community integration, utilizing a peer relationship to foster connection, trust, understanding and validation with community providers and supports. The role involves group and individual work to facilitate the transition of individuals from inpatient settings to the community by addressing their preparatory needs in the early stages of discharge planning and facilitating the development of skills and coping mechanisms, and connections to services and supports that forward personally meaningful and health-promoting goals. Essential Job Functions Utilize a recovery-oriented, trauma-informed and harm reduction approach that promotes person-centeredness and self-determination. Engage participants during inpatient stay, collaborating in transition planning and needs assessment of community-transition supports. Establish collaborative working relationships with inpatient treatment teams, community providers, managed care plans and other partners when planning for discharge. Monitor discharge plans pre- and post-transition. Participate in the development and implementation of a short-term person centered plan and modify plan according to needs and preferences. Foster and maintain cooperative and collaborative relationships with community providers and network members to facilitate connections or re-connections to services and supports. Perform ongoing needs assessment for essential community transition supports. Model and assist with developing self-advocacy skills including organization, time management, and communication skills to promote personal needs and connections with community providers and supports. Advocate with and for program participants to achieve personal goals and address barriers such as fear, stigma and communication disparities with community providers and supports. Provide direct individual and group services including: service planning and coordination; support with obtaining housing; developing social connections; strengthening family and natural supports; developing living skills and obtaining necessary resources; entitlement and financial management; empowerment and self-help; wellness self-management with a focus on coping skills; safety planning; and travel training. Assist with living skills and resource acquisition, such as laundry, budgeting, meal preparation and social supports and tasks as needed and desired to live, work, and socialize in community environments of choice. Foster connection and engagement with community based organizations that promote a sense of purpose, physical wellness, spirituality, education, employment, socialization, and community involvement. Assist participant and team with response to housing needs including assistance with housing applications, interview preparation, move in, resource acquisition and communication with providers. Accompany participants to behavioral health and medical appointments as needed. Connect program participants and their support network with crisis intervention services, including referrals to respite and other resources. Timely and accurate documentation of participant information in AWARDS and GSI. Attend and participate in supervision, team meetings and training as needed. This position requires travel throughout the five boroughs of New York City. This job description reflects management's assignment of essential functions; it does not prescribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned. Job Qualifications Have an understanding, appreciation, and commitment to the philosophy and mission of Community Access. Commitment to person-centered treatment strategies, upholding participants' rights, and self-determination in service provision. Lived experience of a mental health condition required. address Certified Peer Specialist preferred. Minimum of HS diploma or equivalent. Minimum of two years' work experience, paid or volunteer, in a behavioral health or peer-informed, run or driven initiative, required. Demonstrated ability to effectively use one's personal story and role model recovery in a way that promotes personal growth and empowerment. Available to work a flexible schedule, mornings, evenings and weekends in response to participant needs. Computer proficiency in Microsoft applications such as MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint. Excellent written, verbal and computational skills. Ability to work with stakeholders who may have competing or divergent priorities. Knowledge of address peer, behavioral health, health home and community support programs and systems. Must be fingerprinted and cleared by the address Justice Center.