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Outreach Peer Specialist

Outreach Development Corp

Full-Time | On Location / In Office

$42,000 - $45,000/yr.

Position Summary:

The Street Outreach Peer Specialist is a peer professional with OASAS CRPA credentials who will help facilitate ODC’s new Street Outreach Program on Long Island. Reporting to the Program Director, the Street Outreach Peer Specialist will use their personal lived experience in this role to engage individuals, help meet immediate safety and comfort needs, support through decision-making, share coping skills, and make linkages to clinical treatment, harm reduction, recovery services, and other support services. A driver’s license is required to travel between local congregate settings and offer transportation for individuals to ODC and other outpatient and residential treatment facilities and support services in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. A vehicle will be provided for these services.

Job Scope:

  • Has lived experience utilizing mental health and/or substance use services.
  • Conducts field, and some phone, outreach to locate and engage individuals who have substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders.
  • Provides peer recovery support to clients by sharing life experiences, assisting clients to develop a recovery plan, linking clients with community-based programs supportive of recovery.
  • Offers reinforcement to individuals already engaged in treatment.
  • Educates individuals about program services, benefits, and self-help techniques.
  • Assist individuals in clarifying their treatment and recovery goals, & development of treatment plans.
  • Supports program participants in pre-crisis or crisis situations.
  • Teaches participants recovery skills, based on shared life experiences.
  • Shares information with participants about benefits, entitlements, and other supports
  • Helps participants transition from different levels of care as needed.
  • Provides individuals, their families and community members with links to community-based treatment and recovery support services.
  • Provides education on symptom management and coping skills. Supports and encourages individuals to take a proactive role in their recovery process.
  • Transport, if needed, accompanies & provides individuals with a warm handoff to treatment services.
  • Educates & refers individuals for MAT services and assists in applying for benefits, housing, if needed.
  • Maintains accurate and updates records in accordance with the program’s policies and procedures.


  • Self-identification as being in recovery from mental health and/or substance use life challenges, with experience as recipients of services.
  • Willingness to strategically disclose and use lived experience as support tool for others.
  • Credentialed as a NYS Certified Recovery Peer Advocate (CRPA) or CRPA-P (Provisional) preferred (or eligible to obtain).
  • Dual certification as NYS Certified Peer Specialist preferred but not required.
  • At least 1 (one) year providing peer services, preferably in a community-facing role.
  • Knowledge of, and ability to articulate principles of trauma-informed care, harm reduction & SUD.
  • Some experience with and familiarity with Long Island service landscape, including clinical treatment, recovery supports, housing, food pantries, clothing closets, criminal justice system, etc.
  • Knowledge of best practices, including Motivational Interviewing, WRAP, etc.
  • Ability to assist I the development of recovery plans.
  • Experience with Electronic Health Records preferred.
  • Demonstratable organizational and communication skills, which will enable effective interaction with fellow team members, individuals/clients/families, and the community.
  • Ability to work with diverse social, cultural, and economic communities, fluency in Spanish a plus.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office.
  • Clean driver’s license.

Compensation & Benefits:

  • Pay: $42,000-$45,000 annually
  • Benefits: Medical Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Life Insurance, TDA 403(b)


  • Background check required for all employees
  • Full-Time: 5 days per week, 9am-5pm 2 days per week, 1pm-9pm 3 days per week
  • Location: Roosevelt, NY

Work Environment:

This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.Must have the ability to travel among assigned sites as needed. There may be long periods of standing, sitting, and computer usage.

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of duties and responsibilities that will be required of this position and title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the specific duties and responsibilities of any position. Employees may be requested to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description. This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

Outreach is an equal opportunity employer. The agency does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, socio-economic status, marital status, national or ethnic origin, age, religion or creed, disability, or political or sexual orientation. Diversity is celebrated as a strength at Outreach.

Outreach seeks a diverse pool of candidates and will offer a competitive salary. Adding to our outstanding benefits, some members of Outreach’s clinical and professional staff may be eligible for student loan forgiveness and repayment plans for persons working in public service, education, and health care, including the federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program, Income-Driven Repayment (IDR) Plan, or the New York State Licensed Social Worker Loan Forgiveness (LSWLF) Program. Outreach’s NYC outpatient programs are also approved for the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Substance Use Disorder Loan Repayment program, for eligible clinicians.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $42,000.00 – $45,000.00 per year


  • Dental insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Retirement plan
  • Vision insurance


  • 8 hour shift

Application Question(s):

  • How many years of experience do you have providing peer services in a community-facing role?


  • Driver’s License (Preferred)
  • Certified Peer Recovery Advocate credential (Preferred)
  • Certified Peer Specialist credential (Preferred)

Work Location: In person

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Posted On: December 21, 2023

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