Peer Specialist: Crisis Respite Center Brooklyn

Brooklyn, NY



  • Provide the delivery of a safe, comfortable, secure and trusting environment where guests are attended to and appreciated by staff
  • Rehearse the Need Adapted Treatment Model (NATM) and Intentional Peer Support (IPS) after finishing training provided as part of the Parachute NYC grant
  • Cultivate a partnership with guests facing crisis exploiting trauma-informed, recovery focused, deliberate peer support
  • Extract on knowledge and skills assimilated from personal experience with the mental health system with a focus on guest’s personal recovery process
  • Create a sense of community through the mutual sharing of lived experiences and offers encouragement and support to participate in daily activities within the CRC and community
  • Assist with pre-registration process for both individuals referred from NA-MCT (Need Adapted Mobile Crisis Team) and those who self-refer (respite-only guests)
  • Assist with intake and registration of new guests, including an explanation of services and expectations, a tour of the premises, introduction to other staff and guests
  • Assist and collaborate with other Parachute NYC staff when appropriate to help guests identify, plan for and realize short-term personal goals and priorities while in the CRC
  • Facilitate individual and group-based educational, recovery, wellness and skill building opportunities including: wellness self-management; WRAP; peer support; harm reduction; and other social or leisure activities
  • Follow-up with guests to monitor and support progress toward goal-achievement
  • Advocates for and facilitate access to needed health care services, proactively addressing potential barriers such as missed appointments, transportation, fear and stigma, and communication with professional staff
  • Assist guests with steps required to prepare their own meals, manage their own medication, take care of their physical needs and participate in the maintenance of a clean living environment
  • Responsible for timely and accurate documentation including documentation of interactions with guests, services provided, critical information and events, contacts with collaterals and referrals, as required by SUS policies and Parachute NYC
  • Participates in data collection and recording related to outcomes, research and other agency and grant-based priorities




  • Real-world experience in a behavioral health or correlated setting, ideally using the recovery model
  • Have lived experience with the mental health system and inclination to share personal involvement fittingly and dutifully
  • Alumna of core peer specialist training program, preferred but not required
  • Minimum of high school diploma or equivalent (GED)
  • A respect for, and high level of comfort around people experiencing psychiatric crisis
  • Ability to utilize various computer programs, specifically Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Bilingual- Spanish highly preferred






Note: Qualified candidates will be contacted within 2 business days of application. If an applicant does not meet the above criteria, we will keep your resume on file for future opportunities and may contact you for further discussion.

Date Posted 9/29/2020
Salary $16.00/hr

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