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Peer Support Specialist

Company: Upstate Cerebral Palsy
Location: Utica
Posted on: June 4, 2021

Job Description:

At Upstate Cerebral Palsy, we provide innovative programs and services that support people and create opportunities to fulfill life choices...one person at a time, through everyday miracles. We are looking to hire compassionate, professional, and versatile Peer Support Specialists to support a variety of individuals who experience disabilities.


Activities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Support clients presenting to CHBS in their admission process through the duration of their enrollment in mental health and/or substance use disorder treatment.
  • Relate to the client as an advocate for their treatment services
  • Advocate within systems to promote coordination of care and person-centered recovery
  • Educate clients on their rights and responsibilities
  • Use a person centered approach
  • Support a holistic approach and the multiple pathways to recovery, to include the use of self-help resources.
  • Serve as a role model to clients
  • Educate through shared experiences
  • Establish appropriate respectful peer relationships
  • Mentor clients in areas that support recovery such as effective communication, self-care, self-advocacy, conflict resolution
  • Lead educational and support groups for clients
  • Participate in the clinical treatment team model, to include informing treatment planning and promoting individualized goals.
  • Adhere to all defined role responsibility and ethics as outlined by NYS ASAP Certification Board for Peer Recovery.
  • Provides data to CHBS leadership on services provided on a monthly basis.
  • Comply with the policies, procedures and regulations of the Agency and external regulatory bodies.


  • 18 year of age or older
  • High School Diploma or Equivalent
  • Certified Recovery Peer Advocate (CRPA) or Provisional CRPA to be attained within 90-days of employment and full CRPA to be attained within NYS Certification Board requirements.
  • Previous experience working with individuals with complex substance use and mental health needs.
  • Willingness to adapt multiple methods to engage clients in services.
  • Strong communication skills
  • Must have a valid NYS Driver's License-travel is required.

Our work environment provides the opportunity to grow and learn in a fast-paced atmosphere. We offer competitive benefits and salary to include a low-cost individual health insurance plan, dollar for dollar retirement match, life insurance, voluntary benefits and generous paid time off.

Keywords: Upstate Cerebral Palsy, Utica , Peer Support Specialist, Other , Utica, New York

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