Recovery Peer Advocate for Senior Partnership Team

Position Summary

The role of a Recovery Peer Advocate is to provide peer support services to facilitate engagement, communication, self- advocacy, and recovery support services to those participating in treatment in the Senior Partnership Program.

Responsibilities:

• Meets productivity standards
• 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
• Participates in interdisciplinary staff meetings and conferences
• Assesses client’s success and satisfaction in the environments of living, learning, working and socialization;
• Advocates for and assists clients in gaining access to entitlements and benefits, health and human services, including preparation and coordination of applications;
• Assumes full responsibility for caseload of individuals including all charting and paperwork responsibilities associated with cases;
• Responsible for crisis coverage of caseload when indicated;
• Provides outreach in the community via home visits to engage clients and link to services;
• Identifies and advocates for improvements in the services that our clients receive;
• Participates in care coordination and other inter-disciplinary team meetings for case reviews, exchange of information and supervision;
• Compiles, reports and maintains records in an accurate and timely manner in accordance with appropriate requirements

In addition, the below responsibilities may be required of the position:
• Assists with agency and after-hours crisis intervention and assessment;

General responsibilities:

• Attends workshops, conferences and staff development training seminars on current practices as directed by the Executive Director or supervisor to acquire continuing education in the appropriate field; implements what has been learned;
• Maintains cooperative relationships with all referents and community resources
• Undertakes related duties as assigned;

Administrative Relationship:

The Recovery Peer Advocate reports directly to the Program Director, Program Coordinator, Supervisor or designee as assigned and works collaboratively with other staff. If peer, participates in peer support supervision group as directed.

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 is required or candidate can be PROGRESSING towards certification while working in an OASAS certified program supervised by a credentialed or licensed clinical staff member. 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.

Applicants with lived experience in navigating mental health/substance abuse services and the ability to model principles of recovery and wellness are strongly encouraged to apply.
Applicant must be able to draw on his/her own personal experience while being able to transcend own personal events to articulate the experience of the served individual.
Applicant must have excellent computer, verbal and written skills.

Valid driver’s license, insurability through agency’s insurance and use of own car required. Must be able to travel in the community and access clients in their own homes.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to communicate. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; and operate and reach with hands and arms. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 5 pounds.