Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene, Inc.
  • 13-Jul-2022 to Until Filled (EST)
  • OnTrack
  • Syracuse, NY, USA
  • 46787
  • Full Time

Full Benefit Package Based off percentage of effort

The Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene is seeking a qualified candidate to fill a full-time Peer Specialist position for the OnTrackNY Program. The OnTrackNY Program is an innovative treatment program at Hutchings Psychiatric Center. The program serves adolescents and young adults who are within two years of experiencing the onset of non-affective psychosis.

The Peer Specialist will work as part of the OnTrackNY team with program participants, family and community members, and all other team members. The Peer Specialist serves a unique role on the team, instilling hope in participants and families by drawing on their own lived experience of overcoming challenges with a psychiatric label. Walking alongside participants on their recovery journeys, the Peer Specialist uses a non-clinical approach to support, empower, and advocate for young people as they contend with the difficulties and uncertainties of early psychosis.

The Peer Specialist uses their lived experience and unique perspective to contribute to treatment planning for each participant, remaining youth-driven and facilitating the team's development and maintenance of a culture of respect and shared decision making. The Peer Specialist can provide an essential framework for highlighting the potential that each participant has for achieving a successful recovery trajectory.

In addition to attending team meetings, Peer Specialists work directly with other team members to provide support and assistance to program participants. Under the supervision of the OnTrackNY Team Leader, they provide direct peer support services to program participants in any setting that would be helpful - at the OnTrackNY program site, in the community, or in the hospital.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Within the OnTrackNY team, the Peer Specialist's work is guided by 12 role responsibilities in their interactions with participants, families, community members and their team:

  • Outreach & Engagement: Connecting with both the community and participants and families about OnTrackNY and offering hope and support around the possibility of recovery
  • Relationship Building: Forming meaningful partnerships with program participants
  • Embracing Creative Narratives: Expanding the understandings of the experience of "First Episode Psychosis"
  • Co-Creating Tools for Success: Partnering with participants and families to support development and creation of self-care and self-awareness tools
  • Supporting and Partnering with Families: Working closely with a participant's family of choice
  • Making OnTrackNY Better: Supporting the growth and development of OnTrackNY through creation and support of a feedback loop between participants and the team.
  • Bridge Building: Connecting participants and their families to needed community-based supports
  • Group Facilitation: Creating spaces and opportunities for participants to learn together and support one another
  • Community Mapping: Learning about and connecting to community-based supports and resources
  • Influencing Team Culture: Utilizing lived experience and non-clinical approach to support the understanding of team members
  • Team Communication & Collaboration: Working as an essential member of a multi-disciplinary team, documenting their interactions collaboratively and communicating back to the team.
  • Ongoing Professional Development: Continuing to develop and hone skills to support this work

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.

Preferred Qualifications:

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

RFMH employees may be required to be vaccinated for COVID-19 depending on work location and must provide proof of vaccination. Individuals that are not vaccinated for COVID-19 are ineligible for appointment to positions that require vaccination. Fully vaccinated is defined as two (2) or more weeks since receiving either the second dose in a two-dose COVID-19 vaccination series (e.g., Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) or the first and only dose of a single-dose vaccine (e.g., Johnson & Johnson [J&J]/Janssen).

Work Location: 620 Madison St Syrcause, NY 13210 Hutchings Psychiatric Center

To Apply: Submit an application through our website at no later than August 31st, 2022 Please note- only applications submitted through our website will be considered.

The Research Foundation 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. Excellent Benefits Package. Employer/Minority/Women/Disabled/Veteran Employer. VEVRAA 41 CFR 60-300.5(a) compliant.

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