Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene, Inc.
  • 26-Mar-2018 to 30-Apr-2018 (EST)
  • 550 600 East Genesee Street Syracuse
  • Syracuse, NY, USA
  • $21,838.50-$22,250
  • Salary
  • Part Time

Full benefits package based on percentage of full-time effort

The Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene, Inc. is looking to fill a part-time position for a Peer Specialist (Project Administrator I)

The OnTrackNY Program is an innovative treatment program at Hutchings Psychiatric Center. The program serves adolescents and young adults who have experienced an initial episode of psychosis.


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 clients 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.


The duties include: 

  • Use selective self-disclosure about their lived experience with mental health problems, substance use, and other aspects of their lives
  • Maintain a "client-focused" stance including a primary focus on the issues participants present
  • Talk about his or her own path to recovery to foster a sense of trust and mutuality in the Peer Specialist's relationship with the client, inspiring clients and helping them to feel less isolated, and consider new possibilities for their futures
  • Participate in activities related to community awareness of recovery 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
  • Providing concrete and social supports to clients and families through case management helping to support participant's efforts towards returning to school or work
  • Helping individuals understand psychosis and develop and practice skills to help with illness management (individually or in groups)
  • Aiding participants and families as they transition from OnTrackNY services
  • Helping to shape the team's culture to one that promotes person-centered, recovery-focused, strengths-based service delivery


 Minimum Qualifiactions:

  • State certification as a Peer Specialist and/or has completed course work for certification. Willingness to complete state certification as a Peer will also be considered.
  • 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

Preferred Skills:

  • It is preferable that the individual lived experience of mental health challenges include experience with psychosis during his or her youth.
  • The Peer Specialist should also be someone who has made good progress toward his or her own recovery.
  • Ability/ willingness to disclose their recovery story (where appropriate) for the purposes of empowerment
  • Demonstrated interpersonal communications skills and the ability to empathize with, relate to and effectively work with participants of mental health services
  • Excellent judgment/ ability to understand boundaries when working with participants of mental health services
  • The Peer Specialist must relate well to young people.
  • Understanding of the culture of the community in which the team is based.
  • Valid Driver's license preferred.

Location:            600 E. Genesee St. Syracuse NY 13202 

To Apply:      Submit a resume and a letter of interest by April 30, 2018 on our website at - click on Employment Opportunities. 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. Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer/Minority/Women/Disabled/Veteran Employer. VEVRAA 41 CFR 60-300.5(a) compliant.

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