Temporary Recovery and Wellness Certified Peer Specialist in New York, NY at Beacon Health Options

Date Posted: 7/30/2018

Job Snapshot

Job Description

We are currently seeking a dynamic Temporary Recovery and Wellness Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) to join our team in the New York City area.

The Certified Peer Specialist is responsible for the implementation of a comprehensive prevention, education wellness and recovery program for assigned plan members. Areas of focus include: face-to-face individual engagement (inpatient and outpatient) and working as a member of our Care Coordination team.

“Peer Specialists are individuals with lived experience, meaning they have experienced a mental health and/or substance use disorder or cared for a family member who has, and they have moved through the behavioral health care system. Peer Specialists use their knowledge of the system and their personal recovery to provide hope that recovery is possible. Adult Peer Specialists interact with members in their community, sharing their story of recovery to assist members in connecting with services and engage in a recovery process of their choice.”

Position Responsibilities:

•          Peers will use their personal lived experience with mental and emotional and/or substance abuse challenges to empower individuals served by the program to define and pursue their own strength based recovery and wellness goals

•          Document stated goals, objectives by the member

•          Connect them with community-based resources

•          Work collaboratively with clinicians in pursuit of person centric holistic approach to care.  Help create crisis prevention plan in conjunction with the ICM Clinicians.

•          Engage, educate and encourage individuals and their families to connect with support services, community resources and advocacy assistance.

•          Document member progress associated with stated goals and objectives

•          Will provide peer support during crises of individuals who are frequent high utilizers of emergency department services who fail to engage in community treatment

•          Will provide peer support during crisis of individuals who have multiple readmissions and assist in identifying barriers to maintaining community tenure

•          Assist members in the understanding of plan benefits where appropriate

•          Secure and maintain all local peer certification requirements when and where applicable

•          Inform appropriate authority of any suspected waste fraud and abuse of plan benefits related to the member

•          Will reach out to recently discharged individuals to assist in their transition, support them to adhere to any follow-up appointments, and help them leverage their own strengths

Position Requirements:

Education  : Bachelor’s degree in education, communication or other related field preferred

Certification  : New York Certification as a Peer Specialist required. If incumbent does not have the certification at time of hire, it must be obtained within one year of employment. WRAP, WHAM or other CPS or CARES certifications, preferred

Relevant Work Experience:     Three years’ experience in a relevant field, face-to-face engagements with peers, performing community resource mapping activities, documented skills and abilities in needs assessment. Proven ability and experience in community relations/networking and information and resource development and maintenance. Established knowledge of and work experience with the Medicaid affiliated population desirable.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities  :

•          Basic Computer Skills, including Microsoft Office Suite

  • Knowledge of New York community and state resources.

  • Ability to be fully committed and engaged within the NY peer network, familiarity with key points for consumer contact and ability to identify educational needs as the result to changes to New York State’s redesign of Medicaid.


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