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Peer Specialist – Peer Run Recovery Center East

Peer Specialist – Peer Run Recovery Center East

Salary: $20.51 per hour (non-exempt)

Hours: 37.5 hours/week, including some scheduled evening and Saturday/Sunday hours

Location: Riverhead, NY

Availability: ASAP

Position Description:

MHAW’s Recovery Center East Peer Specialist is a trained peer specialist who has their own lived experience with a psychiatric diagnosis, substance abuse, trauma and/or experiences as a person who has in the past or is now using mental health services. Peer specialists establish positive, strength-based, inspiring supportive relationships with a variety of people.


  • Provide individualized support and coaching to people who have been affected by being given a psychiatric diagnosis, substance use challenges and/or trauma to choose and build upon resources and opportunities to attain or sustain meaningful, healthy and satisfying lifestyles.
  • Facilitate or co-facilitate key activities, events, and outings including, but not limited to, individual coaching, goal planning, peer support groups and teamwork with colleagues to develop and sustain a positive Recovery Center culture.
  • Design, coordinate, and schedule activities/events that are consistent with the expressed needs, interests, and passions of people who participate with the Center and with whom are members of the Guiding Council.
  • Assist in creating, maintaining, and locating safe environments that offer opportunity for participants to engage and connect with each other.
  • Develop relationships with surrounding mental health agencies to engage their participants in the utilization of The Recovery Center East’s services.
  • Have adaptability to change with in work tasks as no one day at The Recovery Center East is the same. Having the flexibility to effectively adjust to the ever changing work structures, processes, requirements, and cultures.
  • Utilize strong communication and computer skills and resource abilities in the generation of event/ activity flyers, as well as maintenance of RCE website and weekly blog.
  • Maintain confidentiality and reciprocal high regard among all people who participate with The RCEast guided by the key principles of respect and shared responsibility as outlined in Peggy Swarbeck’s The Eight Dimensions of Wellness.
  • Attend and participate in weekly supervision and other required staff meetings. Take advantage of learning opportunities offered via web and other workshops.
  • Maintain required documentation in a timely manner in accordance with MHAW standards and funding source requirements.

This position is reserved for an individual who identifies as a person with lived experience from haven been given a psychiatric diagnosis, receiving or received mental health services and has the ability to relate to and support others based on the “shared personal experience” paradigm.  The successful candidate should possess or be quickly able to acquire the following skills and abilities:

  • Qualified for (includes, but not limited to having a high school diploma or GED) and at a minimum, and working toward their New York Peer Specialist Certification
  • Have at least one year experience in direct services working with persons who have been given a psychiatric diagnosis and/or trauma survivors
  • Must be calm, patient, empathetic, supportive, have excellent listening skills and the ability to relate positively and enthusiastically to a wide variety of people
  • Basic knowledge of the public health/behavioral health system including, but not limited to; mental health services and public entitlements
  • Strong writing and computer skills, as electronic record is used. Basic knowledge in computer applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and Social Media.
  • Willingness and availability to attend trainings, conferences, workshops, webinars to enhance their abilities and awareness of best practice
  • Clean NY State Driver’s License as some driving with clients will be necessary
  • Bi-lingual, English/Spanish is a plus

Application: Please send cover letter and resume to Kristi Bosco at kbosco@mhaw.org or fax (631) 676-6934

Kristi Bosco
Association for Mental Health & Wellness

(631) 676-6934

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