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Employment Opportunities

Recovery Specialist/Peer CompanionCrisis Respite

In a Peer Respite setting, the Recovery Specialist is available to instill hope, support wellness, and to demonstrate that recovery is real and does happen. Respite workers help guests exploretheir personal goals and engage them in community and social events using compassion, trauma informed techniques, and peer support.Recovery specialists assist individuals in crisis process current issues and stressors and assist them in moving forward to a place of increased wellness,possibly even beyond their normal baseline.


  • Bachelor’s  Degree, Associates Degree, or college level academic work in related field strongly preferred; or High School diploma with relevant experience/knowledge base of mental health and substance  recovery
  • Personal experience as a recipient of mental health and/or chemical addiction with two years of successful recovery preferred
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Experience with program development
  • Experience/general understanding of documentation procedures
  • Working knowledge of issues facing persons affected by mental illness and chemical dependency, understanding of and ease with dealing with individuals in crisis
  • Familiarity with community supports and Federal, State and Local services and systems
  • Qualify for New York State Peer Specialist Certification.
  • Approval by New York State Justice Center
  • Driving record acceptable to MHAST insurance carrier
  • Demonstrates a commitment to the Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier’s mission and vision

Personal Characteristics:

  • Believe in the importance of consumer-directed services
  • Believe that growth, recovery, and  change are possible
  • Value consumer choice, self-determination and self-sufficiency
  • Respectful of and compassionate toward other people’s thoughts, behaviors, ideas, and needs
  • Self-aware and able to take responsibility for own mistakes, successes, weaknesses, and strengths, as well as being able  and willing to seek support when needed
  • Optimistic and confident in approach and outlook
  • Safe and approachable , including when under pressure
  • Good listening skills
  • Punctuality, reliability, co-operation with others


  • Provide assistance, support, and advocacy to individuals in crisis
  • Help individuals clarify problems and identify the need for change or improvement and set goals based on their individual preferences
  • Role model wellness and recovery and help individuals identify interventions they can take toward their own wellness  and recovery goals
  • Promote empowerment with meaningful activities and discussions, utilizing wellness tools such as WRAP as well as problem solving and selective self-disclosure  
  • Assist individuals in making community connections based on their preferences and needs
  • Help maintain a clean, safe, and secure environment
  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date records and documentation of services; provide and maintain documentation of the individual’s progress and operations of the respite house
  • Demonstrate teamwork among co-workers
  • Demonstrate ease with working with a diverse population
  • Ability to meet individuals where they are in life and promoting goal setting and supporting progress toward those goals.
  • Flexibility with work schedule, some evenings, nights, and weekend shifts required
  • Cooperation with keeping respite house clean and safe, some cleaning duties required
  • Must have stable housing
  • Treat all guests and staff with dignity, courtesy, and respect




Reports to: Co-Directors of Crisis Respite
Status: Non-exempt
Hours: Full time





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