Peer (West Midtown Medical Group)

Contact Rosemary Rodriguez at (212) 736-5900 Ext. 110 

Job Responsibilities:

  • Engagement beginning from referring location with involvement in transition planning, including a needs assessment of community transition supports essential to stabilizing the participant
  • Individual sessions with participants emphasizing prevention and preparing for independent community living and the promotion of optimum mental and emotional health. May require helping participants deal with issues associated with but not limited to family and social relationships; stress and symptom management; activities of daily living; medication management; and housing readiness
  • Provide intensive emotional and practical support to participants as they transition back into their communities and into a supportive housing and/or living environment
  • Work with participants and their housing providers to resolve clinical issues that are impacting on the participant’s ability to obtain, manage, and retain supportive housing
  • Assist and instruct participants in attending to daily living skills such as personal hygiene, grooming and laundry, nutrition/meal preparation, budgeting, and socialization tasks and skills needed to successfully live and work in the community environments of their choice and also in maintaining a safe living environment
  • Foster and maintain cooperative and collaborative relationships with community providers and network members to facilitate connections or re-connections to services and supports
  • Community navigation including accompanying to first behavioral health and medical appointment, travel training, re-engagement in community care, referral to services with ability to identify and address potential services and barriers to obtain and maintain such services
  • Establish collaborative working relationships with referring treatment teams and other partners and plan with them for appropriate discharges for participants
  • 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 on-call after hour crisis intervention services when needed to participants and their support network, including respite referrals and other diversion and stabilization services
  • Attend and participate in team meetings and supervisory sessions
  • Develop short-term person-centered treatment plans to assist participant towards achieving their goals
  • Monitor and record participant’s progress and modify plan according to needs and preference
  • Perform various needs assessment for essential ongoing community integration and support
  • Timely and accurate documentation of participant information within Health Information Technology platform
  • Comply with all required in-service training and staff development
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Essential Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively use one’s personal story and role model recovery in a way that promotes personal growth and empowerment
  • Knowledge of Behavioral Health systems, Mental health legislation and regulations, and health conditions
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and ask for help when needed
  • Ability to participate on a team to accomplish tasks
  • Serves as a role model to staff and stakeholders
  • Ability to work with all stakeholders: participants, network, families, and government staff in a caring and respectful manner, and with due understanding of and consideration for cultural differences
  • Knowledge of treatment, rehabilitation, and community support programs as they relate to members and their families
  • Knowledge of techniques for identifying risk, including crisis management techniques.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:

Minimum High School Diploma or equivalent or higher. New York State Certified Peer Specialist preferred or required Completion of an internship or comparable training in peer advocacy; experience in providing advocacy services to people who are mentally ill and/or homeless. Past or current participant of behavioral health, substance services or homeless services preferred.

If interested contact Abigail Rodriguez at (212) 736-5900 ext. 117




Last Updated on August 30, 2023 by HepFree NYC

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