CERTIFIED RECOVERY PEER ADVOCATE

CoveCare Center (formerly known as Putnam Family and Community Services, Inc.), a private non-profit agency providing substance use disorder treatment services in Putnam County, NY has a Part-time opening for a Certified Recovery Peer Advocate. We are seeking an individual that shares our vision of partnering with individuals, families and the community to foster hope, wellness and recovery.

The role of a Certified Recovery Peer Advocate (CRPA) is to provide peer support services based on clinical need as identified in the client’s treatment plan. The CRPA works in partnership with the Substance Use Treatment team to facilitate engagement, communication, self-advocacy, and recovery support services to those participating in treatment in the Substance Use clinic.

Certified Recovery Peer Advocates (CRPA) are individuals who hold an OASAS approved certification, working in an OASAS certified program supervised by a credentialed or licensed clinical staff member or are working toward certification. A CRPA is someone with personal experience with substance use who uses their  knowledge to support the recovery goals of individuals. Peers are natural support experts, meaning that the relationships they establish can lead to increased feelings of support, safety, and well being among the individuals they serve. Through a combination of personal experience and professional training, peers can provide an array of services to treatment program participants.

Responsibilities:

• Meets with new or disengaged individuals to facilitate engagement in treatment

• Assists clients with development of recovery plans

• Raises awareness and linking participants to existing social and other support services including formal recovery supports.

• Models coping skills

• Assists with applying for benefits

• Accompanies clients to medical appointment

• Provides non-clinical crisis support, especially after periods of hospitalization or incarceration

• Accompanies clients to court appearances and other appointments

• Works with participants to identify strengths

• Educates program participants about various modes of recovery

• Travel training – to use public transportation independently

• Participates in interdisciplinary staff meetings and conferences.

• Maintains records in an accurate and timely manner in accordance with regulations.

Reasoning Ability:

Ability to apply common sense and understanding in order to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form. Ability to deal with problem solving several concrete variables in standardized situations.

Qualifications:

High School Diploma/G.E.D. required, Associates or Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services related field preferred. NYS OASAS Certified Recovery Peer Advocate (CRPA) with CCAR Certificate or progressing toward certification is required. Individual must have an understanding of and respect for each individual’s unique pathway to recovery. Peer Advocate must have a working knowledge of the substance use disorder treatment systems, support services, and a demonstrated commitment to the Recovery Community. Strong written and verbal communication skills and computer literacy required.

  • This is a part-time position for 6-10 hours a week with possible expansion *