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Certified Recovery Peer Advocate

Catholic Charities Steuben/Livingston

Full-Time | Hybrid

$18 - $19/hr.

We are Hiring!

Catholic Charities of Steuben/Livingston is growing and seeking a HCBS Peer Navigator to join our Team.

If you’re looking for an opportunity to express and explore your passion for helping others, then join a team that truly makes a difference DAILY, in people’s lives. We are looking for empathetic, thoughtful candidates who have enthusiasm for helping people. We have supportive leadership who invest in our people and provide opportunities for employees to thrive, grow and learn. Don’t miss out on being a part of something special!

Position Title:  HCBS Peer Navigator

Salary: $18.00-19.00/hour depending on years of experience/education level.

Schedule: Full time, Monday through Friday


Sharing his/her own personal experience of recovery and using a trauma-informed, non-clinical approach. The HCBS Peer Navigator will engage in activities to assist individuals on the HCBS Waiver in initiating recovery, maintaining recovery, and enhancing the quality of personal and family life in long-term recovery.



  • Assist individuals in seeking and obtaining benefits and entitlements, food, shelter, permanent housing, etc.
  • Assist individuals with linkage to and system navigation within behavioral health and allied human services systems to access appropriate care.
  • Assist individuals in advocating for self-directed services.

Outreach and Engagement:

  • Assist individuals in companionship and modeling of recovery lifestyle, including participation in recovery activities that might be beyond the scope of treatment providers (e.g., recovery celebration event, attending a social event, etc.)
  • Raise the awareness of existing services, pathways to recovery and helping individuals in removing barriers that may be blocking access to his/her recovery.

Self-help tools:

  • Assist individuals in selecting and utilizing self-directed recovery tools such as Relapse Prevention
  • Planning and things that bring a sense of purpose and meaning into his/her life.
  • Assist individuals in connecting to natural supports that enhance the quality and security of life.
  • Assist individuals in making connections to self-help groups in the community.

Recovery Supports:

  • Provide recovery education and coaching for individuals on the waiver and their family members.
  • Offer one-to-one peer support.
  • Assist the individual in assimilating into his/her community.

Transitional Supports:

  • Provide a bridge for an individual leaving jail, prison, institution, or general hospital and moving into a residential setting.
  • Assist the individual in assimilating into his/her community.

Pre-crisis and Crisis Support:

  • Provide companionship when an individual is in an emergency room or crisis unit or preparing to be admitted to detox, residential or other services to deal with crisis.
  • Provide peer support in the individual’s home or in the community to support them before (or in) a crisis or relapse.
  • Develop crisis diversion or relapse prevention plans.


  • Maintain accurate documentation of all services provided to individuals in accordance with standards set by funding sources in the Electronic Health Record database.
  • Participate in team meetings, case conferences, and case reviews.
  • Participate in staff, department, and agency meetings or activities.
  • Represent Catholic Charities of Livingston County on appropriate boards and committees as assigned by supervisor.
  • Assure compliance with all applicable local, State and Federal regulations and agency policies.
  • Attend mandatory training.
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor.






  • Peer Specialist Certification or Recovery Peer Advocate Certification is required.
  • High School Diploma or GED with at least one year of relevant experience working with substance use disorders and/or serious illness.
  • Must have knowledge of behavioral health systems and resources.
  • Must have familiarity and sensitivity to mental health and substance abuse issues.



  • Possess excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Previous experience working with diverse populations, including low to moderate-income families.
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize duties.
  • Willingness to foster agency, department and program wide cooperation and teamwork through use of positive/constructive communication techniques.
  • Ability to read, write, and interpret written documents.
  • Ability to maintain absolute confidentiality regarding all records reviewed including consumer records, employee records and billing records.
  • Proficiency and experience with PC’s and Microsoft applications.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret data and to handle problem resolution.
  • Possess a valid NYS Driver’s license and a driver’s record considered acceptable by agency and insurance carrier.
  • Continuous use of a reliable, registered, and insured vehicle.
  • Ability to travel in all weather conditions throughout the counties served.
  • Bilingual (Spanish/English) desirable.
  • Demonstrate commitment to the Agency Mission Statement.
  • Compliance: Adheres to all applicable federal and state laws and regulations including, but not limited to, those governing confidentiality, privacy, program, billing, and documentation standards. All duties must be performed in accordance with CCDR’s corporate compliance and ethics program.
  • Provide effective, equitable, understandable, and respectful quality care and services that are responsive to diverse cultural health beliefs and practices, preferred languages, health literacy and other communication needs.


Ability to meet the following physical requirements with or without reasonable accommodations:

  • Use hands to manipulate, handle, feel, and control items or equipment, including motor vehicles.
  • Sit, stand, walk, bend, stoop, kneel, and reach.
  • Climb up and down stairs.
  • Able to reach above or behind shoulders.
  • Occasionally life or move objects weighing up to 25 lbs.
  • Sitting at a desk or in a vehicle for long periods of time to perform certain job functions.


What you will get:

Catholic Charities of Steuben/Livingston offers a well-rounded and comprehensive benefits program.

  • Salary: $18.00-19.00/hour depending on years of experience/education level.
  • Full-time, non-exempt position, working 35 hours per week. We believe in work-life balance!
  • Paid Time Off, 10 days to start, 15 days after 1st Anniversary.
  • Holidays 12-14 paid holidays
  • Medical Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Short-Term Disability
  • Long-Term Disability
  • Critical Illness Insurance
  • Supplemental Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Health Savings Account
  • Legal Plan
  • Identity Plan
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • 6% Pension
  • Employee 401(k)
  • My Better Benefits – provides discounts and savings on thousands of products and services.

Our hiring process and timeline:

  • Applications will be reviewed regularly until the position is filled.
  • Phone screenings will be conducted with qualified candidates.
  • In-person one-hour interviews will be conducted with candidates who advance after the phone screening
  • In-person interviews are typically with 2-4 Interviewers

***Catholic Charities is committed to leveraging the talent of a diverse workforce to create great opportunities for our agencies and our people. EOE/AA Disability/Vet

Posted On: January 11, 2024

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