Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene, Inc.
  • 20-Oct-2021 to Until Filled (EST)
  • OnTrack
  • Rochester, NY, USA
  • $23,394
  • Salary
  • Part Time

Full Benefit Package Based off percentage of effort


The Research Foundation is seeking a qualified candidate to fill a part time position of Peer Specialist. The Peer Specialist will work 0.5 FTE as part of a small multidisciplinary team providing support and assistance to program participants, family members, and all other OnTrackNY team members. Walking alongside participants on their recovery journeys; the Peer Specialist is an ally, mentor, and advocate for young people as they contend with the difficulties and uncertainties of early psychosis

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Use selective self-disclosure about their lived experience with mental health problems, substance use, and other aspects of their lives
  • Maintain a "participant-focused" stance including a primary focus on the issue's participants present
  • Talk about their own path to recovery to foster a sense of trust and mutuality in the Peer Specialist's relationship with the participant, inspiring participants and helping them to feel less isolated, and consider new possibilities for their futures
  • Participate in activities related to community awareness of recovery to understand the community's culture and stigma reduction
  • Participate in outreach and recruitment activities with the team, forging relationships with community providers and helping to convey the "spirit of OnTrackNY"
  • Assist in engagement and retention activities to promote optimum involvement with the team, including helping team to maintain a youth-focused, recovery-oriented approach to outreach before and after participants enroll in the program
  • The ideal candidate, will demonstrated interpersonal communications skills and the ability to empathize with, relate to and effectively work with participants of mental health services
  • Provide concrete and social supports to participants and families in support of participant's efforts towards returning to school or work
  • Help individuals engage in the meaning make process around their experience of psychosis and develop and practice skills to help with self-management (individually or in groups), while having an excellent judgment/ability to understand boundaries when working with participants of mental health services
  • Aid participants and families as they transition from OnTrackNY services
  • Help to shape the team's culture to one that promotes person-centered, recovery-focused, strengths-based service delivery

Minimum Qualifications

  • State certification or Provisional Certification as a Peer Specialist with the understanding that the person will work to become certified within 1 year of employment preferred
  • Two years of active participation in mental health self-help activities, peer support or peer advocacy programs, or participant run organizations or similar experiences or programs.
  • Ideally the Peer Specialist is a young adult; however, a Peer Specialist of any age may be considered for the position, provided that they relate well to young people.

Preferred Qualifications

  • It is preferable that the individual's lived experience of mental health challenges include experience with psychosis during their youth.
  • Preferably, a member of the community which will be served, and if not then having an awareness and understanding of the culture of the area.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter and your resume no later than November 4, 2021 with your application on our website at. https://nyspi.applicantpro.com/jobs/ Please note only applications submitted through our website will be considered.

Work Location:

Steve Schwarzkopf CMHC 1111 Elmwood Ave, Bldg 16

Rochester, NY 14620

The Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene, Inc. (RFMH) is a private not-for-profit corporation and is not an agency or instrumentality of the State of New York. Employees of the Research Foundation are not state employees, do not participate in any state retirement system, and do not receive state fringe benefits. RFMH offers its own excellent benefits package and is a minority, women, disabled, veteran EEO employer. VEVRAA 41 CFR 60-300.5(a) compliant.

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