Job Description

Job ID: 39305
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Under supervision, the Peer Counselor assigned to Ryan White Harm Reduction Program/Chemical Dependency Services, provides direct services to patients who are coping with alcoholism/drug addiction/HIV/AIDS related issues. The peer counselor is also responsible for outreach prospective patients and organizations in order to increase the program’s census.


Basic requirements for this position are: a High School Diploma or equivalent, the possession of or working toward obtaining a New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute Certified Peer Counselor Certificate, and personal experience and knowledge of alcohol/drug addiction and is HIV+. Skills required are understanding of HIV, Confidentiality, Cultural Competency, Harm Reduction, Enhanced outreach, STI’s, Viral Hepatitis, Motivational Interviewing, and Trauma informed care.


A. Direct Services

Client Assistance which is providing assistance directly to and/or on behalf of the client to facilitate access to services including primary medical care, social services, housing, entitlements and benefits. This may include assisting with any necessary paperwork, compiling eligibility documentation required by other service providers, and other tasks required to connect the client to needed services.

Accompaniment which is accompanying a patient to his/her HIV primary care and supportive service appointments, as agreed upon by the client. Accompaniment can be initiated from the client’s home or another mutually agreed on location, including the site of the appointment. This can also consist of meeting the patient at the appointment site, staying with the patient and providing assistance if the patient declines accompaniment to the appointment.

Accompaniment also includes a) taking patients to external service providers and as well as those within the Harm Reduction program’s facility in order to ensure appropriate accommodation for specific needs and other limitations. It also includes assistance in entering and leaving the facility for clients with limitations in independent access, as well as assistance and coordination with destination agency, to avoid service duplication. b) Making Harm Reduction program appointments for clients who have difficulty with adhering to appointments.

Minimum Qualifications

Assignment Level I
1. A four-year high school diploma or its educational equivalent; and
2. Satisfactory and documented completion of a formalized peer counselor/specialist training program which meets the training requirements for a Peer Advocacy Organization as mandated by the State of New York Office of Mental Health in their Official Policy Manual. The training program must be at least six months in duration; or
3. One year of full-time satisfactory experience working with consumers of mental health services as a peer counselor/specialist, peer advocate or in a related human services area.

How To Apply

Job ID: 39305.
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