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Peer Worker

Are you looking to make a difference? If so, Samaritan Daytop Village offers opportunities for a meaningful and challenging career in the health and human services field. We are looking for proactive, team-oriented employees to join our organization for the opening of the Support Center in the Bronx. Come be part of our rapidly growing agency in one of several positions available at the Support Center. We offer a comprehensive benefits package including: medical, dental, and vision; 401k employer match; pension; LTD; life insurance; tuition reimbursement; Flexible Spending Account (FSA); and generous time off.
 
The Support and Connection Center is a new entity type and the first of its kind in New York City offering a comprehensive range of mental health and substance use disorder services to individuals referred by NYPD. The center will provide 24/7/365 client-centered, short stay, engagement and stabilization/treatment alternative for people who are experiencing non-emergency psychiatric symptoms, drug use and/or non-emergency medical issues. The Samaritan Daytop Village’s Support and Connection Center will provide true integration of Mental Health, Substance Use, and Medical Care to individuals in need of support.
 
Samaritan Daytop Village is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate because of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital or family status, national origin, gender, identity, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, military veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are committed to attracting, retaining and maximizing the performance of a diverse and inclusive workforce.
 
MAJOR FUNCTIONS:
 The Peer Worker will work with the team to provide community-based support with a rehabilitation and recovery focus using shared lived experiences.  In addition, the Peer will provide individual face to face services in the client’s home or community as specified in the service protocols. This work is carried out in support of the mission and goals of Samaritan Daytop Village. 
 
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Provide in person individualized support to individuals who have been identified with a mental health diagnosis and/or substance use.
• Provides strength-based rehabilitative and recovery-oriented services individually and as part of a team.
• Establish a trusting relationship with client based in mutuality and unconditional positive regard during outreach and meetings in the community and in various program  settings.
• Support client in developing and implementing a person-centered recovery plan that is relevant to the current expressed needs of the client, consistent with the Plan of Care.
• Share personal experiences to foster a sense of hope and recovery.
• Ensure coordination of services through collaboration and consultation with other staff, providers and identified family and/or friends of clients.
• Assist client with entitlements and concrete services; working together with participant, advocates on client’s behalf via telephone and written correspondence.
• Attend and participates in weekly supervision, staff meetings and periodic in-service trainings.
• Attain and maintain competency in evidence-based practices as assigned.
• Document time and effort and tasks during working hours as required for billing.
• Produce and maintain thorough, accurate and timely documentation, including documentation of interactions with client, services provided, important information and/or events, and contacts with other agencies and service providers, as required by agency policies, and relevant contracts and regulatory agencies.
• Increase client’s awareness of recovery services and supports in the community, identifying and supporting client in removing barriers to recovery, self-efficacy, and community inclusion.
• Assist client in developing personal skills toward community inclusion, personal development, and independent living.
• Support client in shared decision-making with family and providers.
• Provide companionship and accompaniment to client during community appointments, recovery-oriented activities, and during stressful transitions such as pre- and post-admission to emergency rooms, detox units, and discharges from hospitals and jails.
• Assist client in identifying and engaging in activities that bring to attain or sustain meaningful, healthy and satisfying lifestyles.
• Assist client to connect or reconnect to natural supports that enhance the quality and security of life, including self-help groups.
• Participate in regular supervision and incorporate feedback and program needs outlined by supervisor.
• Perform other tasks as assigned.
 
REQUIREMENTS:
Education, Experience, and/or Skills Required:
• High School diploma or GED
• Personal lived experience with Substance Use Disorders (SUD) and or Serious Mental Illness (SMI)
• Computer literacy including familiarity in Microsoft Office Suite
• Must be available to travel throughout the five boroughs of New York City to client’s home and within the community
 
License/Certification Required:
• Certified Recovery Peer Advocate (CRPA) or CRPA-Provisional (For OASAS programs) OR
• New York Certified Peer Specialist (NYCPS) or NYCPS-Provisional (For OMH programs)
 
Preferred Qualifications:
• Bi-lingual Spanish a plus
• EMR experience
 
 
 ** Send Resume to resumes@samaritanvillage.org - With Subject Line: :Support and Connection Center" **
 
 
 
If you are interested in this position, please submit your resume with a cover letter to resumes@samaritanvillage.org.