Peer Corps 2020-2021 Application

Program Background

In 2018, NYC overdose deaths totaled 1,444–the second-highest number on record since the DOHMH started tracking overdose deaths. The Peer Corps initiative was developed in response to the rising number of overdose deaths. The DOHMH, in partnership with other city agencies and nonprofits, recruits and mobilizes community members with lived experience in substance use and recovery (peers) to bring life-saving services to marginalized populations through NYC. Peer Corps members dedicate ten and a half months to fulfilling the Peer Corps dual mission of saving lives and uplifting peers through service. In response to the COVID-19 public health crisis, Peer Corps Members will be expected to serve using a hybrid model of in-person (on-site) and remote (via computer) service.

Member Benefits

  • Living allowance of up to $12,000 (pre-tax) distributed evenly throughout the term
  • Unlimited Monthly MetroCard
  • Eli Segal AmeriCorps Education Award, valued at up to $4,335.50 upon successful completion City Government exposure
  • Resume-building professional experience
  • Loan Forbearance and interest accrued paid on qualified student loans upon successful completion
  • On-site orientation and on-going bi-monthly training provided by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
  • Additional training and professional support at the host site
  • Peer Corps Corps gear (t-shirt, fleece, etc.)
  • Childcare assistance, if eligible

Member Responsibilities Peer Corps members will:

  • Become familiarized with host site organizational structure, culture, and needs by attending host site meetings and other functions
  • Conduct opioid overdose prevention training and dispense Naloxone to host site staff and participants
  • Provide individual or group-based support to individuals engaged in harm reduction or early recovery
  • Co-facilitate groups on early recovery topics including harm reduction strategies alongside host site staff
  • Broker connections to care between host site participants and appropriate resources
  • Assist in navigating systems to gain services (this may include accompaniments and referrals)

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