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Peer Specialist

Company: Helio Health
Location: Utica
Posted on: January 24, 2023

Job Description:

Peer Specialist

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Healthcare Support

Position Type

Regular Part-Time

Work Arrangement





Helio Health is on a mission to treat and promote recovery from the effects of substance use, mental health disorders, and other behavioral healthcare issues. To support the mission of Helio Health, the Peer Specialist assists individuals in recovery with regaining independence in their communities and sustaining their own recovery and improving their overall health. The Peer Specialist will work on a Part-Time basis out of Helio Health's Outpatient Program. In addition to Helio Health's comprehensive benefits package, Full-Time hires for this position is eligible for a Sign-On incentive up to $1,500!


A Peer Specialist (CRPA) may have the following responsibilities:
  • Assist individuals in recovery with articulating personal goals for recovery using their recovery experience.
  • Assist individuals in recovery with creating Wellness Recovery Action Plans (WRAP) as needed.
  • Assist individuals in recovery with taking steps to achieve personal goals for recovery.
  • Assist individuals in recovery with finding self-help groups, establishing self-help groups, or finding other recovery-focused groups.
  • Use their recovery experience to refer individuals or their families to healthy leisure opportunities or community resources that may be helpful.
  • Use and teach problem solving techniques to individuals and groups; lead discussions on methods to overcome common problems in daily living.
  • Discuss methods on overcoming negative self-talk, identifying and overcoming fears, and identifying signs of a potential relapse.
  • Teach and role model the value of the individual recovery experience.
  • Teach and role model appropriate coping techniques.
  • Assist individuals in developing empowerment skills and combating stigma through self-advocacy.
  • Reporting and record keeping.
  • Consultation with other professionals.
  • Crisis response.
  • Recruiting or encouraging other Peer Specialists to pursue CRPA credential.
  • Participates in program administrative and clinical committees as assigned.
  • Represents agency to the community; promotes agency values within the community.
  • Performs Quality Assurance activities.
  • Other duties as assigned.


    • High School Graduate or Equivalency required
    • Certified Recovery Peer Advocate (CRPA) Certification required within six (6) months of hire and maintain CRPA certification throughout employment.
    • One year of Health or Human Service experience preferred.
    • An individual does not need to be in recovery themself but must be able to confer empathy through lived experiences such as family and/or close friends (each peer specialist self-defines his or her "peer-ness").
    • Must have a valid NYS Driver's License. Our Comprehensive Employee Benefits Package Includes:
      • Health insurance including dental and vision for employees and families.
      • Paid Vacation and Sick leave - No Waiting Period for accruals.
      • Paid holidays, including a floating birthday holiday.
      • 401(k) plan with up to 5% company match.
      • Company paid short-term disability insurance.
      • Company sponsored life insurance.
      • Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Helio Health provides equal opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment, without regard to race, creed, color, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and sexual orientation), parental status, religion, national origin, citizenship, status as a victim of domestic violence, age, military or veteran status, handicap or disability, family medical history or predisposing genetic characteristics or carrier status, marital status, family status, political affiliation, felony conviction record, status as a victim of a crime, or status as an employee who has complained about discrimination, filed a charge of discrimination, or participated in an employment discrimination investigation or lawsuit, or any other categories, status or activity protected by federal, state or local law.

Keywords: Helio Health, Utica , Peer Specialist, Other , Utica, New York

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