Peer Support Specialist
Job Details
Schenectady-Franklin-PCFC - Schenectady, NY
Full Time
High School/GED
Up to 50%
Nonprofit - Social Services
Peer Support Specialist
Northern Rivers is seeking to fill a part-time Peer Support Specialist role in their Schenectady and Queensbury locations. 
Position Summary
This position will function as a member of the Mobile Team, assisting the clinicians on Mobile visits and providing support and advocacy to individuals in crisis. This position will also act as a resource to the clinicians and case manager, through sharing their knowledge of common challenges individuals with SPMI endure and sharing knowledge about community resources. This person should be an individual (adult) with lived experience with mental illness.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • Collaborate with service providers involved with individuals with SPMI.
  • Provide information and peer to peer support to individuals who are served by the program.
  • Educate and empower clients and their supports regarding their roles in developing crisis plans and in crisis prevention.
  • Educate service providers regarding an individual's role in developing a crisis plan for themselves and in crisis prevention. Ensure that the individual is an integral part of the crisis planning process.
  • Inform service providers (including Mobile Crisis and PCFC providers) regarding person- centered and strength-based practices. Maintain and model a consistent focus on strengths.
  • Advise Clinical Supervisor as needed.
  • Ensure that clients are satisfied with the services they are receiving and, if not, help them advocate for what they need.
  • Educate individuals and primary caretakers on how to advocate if services are not meeting their needs.
  • Serve as a liaison to other local supports in the community.
  • Link individuals to Peer Support Services activities such as support groups, social events, newsletter, etc.
Education and/or Experience
  • Requires a High School Diploma or GED 
If you want a rewarding career where you make a positive impact on children and their families, we want to talk to you! At Northern Rivers Family of Services, we work together to make a difference in our client's lives while also strengthening our community.
We are a family of human service agencies united in our passion to helping children, families, and adults reach their potential. Northern Rivers coordinates the quality of care, depth of programs, and combined size and passion for the mission to provide care for more than 18,000 people each year in 41 counties throughout New York State. If you’ve got the talent, drive and desire to make a real difference in your community, you need to be a part of Northern Rivers Family of Services!
Our employees receive generous paid time off, an expansive health care package, tuition reimbursement, loan repayment assistance, free training/CEU opportunities, and much more!
Apply today to become part of our team!
Northern Rivers is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law. We cherish the unique contributions of our diverse staff, and are building a culture where everyone has the opportunity to do the meaningful work here at Northern Rivers!
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