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Behavioral Health Peer Support Specialist

Federation of Organizations

Full-Time | On Location / In Office

$16 - $19/hr.

Federation of Organizations is hiring a Full Time Behavioral Health Peer Support Specialist to join the team at Sun River Health in Shirley, NY

***** $1500 Sign On Bonus- Terms and Conditions Apply***

*This is a grant funded position under CCBHC*

Sun River Health provides the highest quality of comprehensive primary, preventative and behavioral health services to all who seek it, regardless of insurance status and ability to pay, especially for the underserved and vulnerable. Sun River Health is a Federally Qualified, Non-Profit Health Center serving communities in Suffolk, Rockland, Orange, Duchess, Ulster, Sullivan, Columbia and Westchester County. Sun River Health is currently seeking a full-time Behavioral Health Peer Support Specialist to support our Shirley site at 37.5 hours per week. This is an on-site position.


Behavioral Health Peer Specialist to provide in person and telephone-based support, coordination of care, and support of patients within Health Center as part of the CCBHC Program.


  • Assist patients in articulating personal recovery goals through groups and individual sessions.
  • Provide community outreach to connect patients and family members to services.
  • May co-facilitate family network meetings.
  • Utilize Motivational Interviewing to effectively engage patients in treatment, recovery and after care services.
  • Functions as integral part of multi-disciplinary treatment team.
  • Educate and role model the value of individual’s recovery experience.
  • Promote patient’s advocacy in accessing services in multiple systems.
  • With guidance from other treatment team members, utilize and teach problem solving strategies with individuals and groups.
  • Provide peer support services based on clinical needs as identified in the patient’s treatment and recover plans.
  • Peer Advocate will support patients in the identification of their strengths and resources to aid in the achieving treatment goals.
  • Provide community resources and linkages to vocational, recreational, social, educational and spiritual resources.
  • Identify and utilize established tools to assist patients in developing wellness and recovery plans that are individualized.
  • Assist the treatment team in the monitoring of recovery and treatment outcomes.
  • In collaboration with the treatment team will work closely with patients in deciding steps to achieve goals that are self-directed towards recovery.
  • Facilitate peer support groups.
  • Model effective coping skills for patients.
  • May attend external meetings with patients.
  • May document in the clinical record as required by regulation.

The above is intended to describe the essential job functions, the general supplemental functions and the essential requirements for the performance of the job. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of all the job functions


  • High School Diploma/GED required, Peer Certification preferred with High School Diploma or GED, or willingness to become certified. Experience as a peer, paid or volunteer preferred.
  • Recommended certifications include: Certified Recovery Peer Advocate Certification (CRPA), Certified Recovery Peer Advocate Training (CRPA-P), OMH Peer Specialist Certified, or OASAS Peer Specialist Certified.

Sun River Health is a network of over 40 Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) providing primary, dental, pediatric, OB-GYN, and behavioral health care to over 245,000 patients annually. With a dedicated staff of 2,000 doctors, nurses, and health care professionals, we pride ourselves on delivering high-quality, affordable care to those who need it most. Sun River Health started in 1975 when four African American mothers spearheaded efforts to open our first health center in Peekskill, New York to deliver accessible, high-quality, affordable services to patients in need no matter their race, religion, income, or insurance status. Today, after 45 years of service, Sun River Health is still delivering on that promise to communities across the Hudson Valley, New York City, and Long Island.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $16.00 – $18.50 per hour

Expected hours: 37.5 per week

Posted On: May 10, 2024

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