Recovery Peer Advocate

RECOVERY PEER ADVOCATE – MOBILE CRISIS ASSESSMENT TEAM (MCAT)

Full-time position with excellent benefits package is available serving Oneida/Herkimer Counties, NY.
37.5 hours per week; Monday-Friday work schedule with some flexibility as necessary.

JOB DESCRIPTION: The Mobile Crisis Assessment Team (MCAT) Recovery Advocate provides outreach, advocacy, mentoring and recovery support services to those seeking or sustaining recovery. They will assist clients in defining their personal recovery goals and determining their individual objectives. Through the provision of a variety of support services, with a focus on substance use disorder treatment, as well as mental health recovery, the MCAT Recovery Advocate will work to increase the client’s involvement in treatment, life planning, and decision-making. The MCAT Recovery Advocate will assist with personal empowerment, helping clients to develop appropriate skills for self-advocacy. The MCAT Recovery Advocate will work to assist clients to increase access to appropriate services and supports while decreasing the need for future acute services. The MCAT Recovery Advocate has personal experience with the mental health or addiction recovery system, has been the caregiver for someone utilizing recovery services, or has professional experience with addiction treatment system and will therefore share their skills and knowledge directly with clients, as well as through modeling and social learning. The MCAT Recovery Advocate may perform duties in other agency programs and services as assigned.

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

• Coordinates with MCAT Supervisors, Crisis Counselors, and Crisis Case Managers to develop case assignments.

• Conducts well-calls and home visits as assigned to clients with ongoing serious symptoms and follow-up calls for clients transitioning from in-patient to out-patient settings, clients referred for outpatient services, and clients that have not followed through with referrals/recommendations for services.

• Co-facilitates groups and activities which foster client’s individual development and empowerment.

• Attends court and other system meetings as a support.

• Assists clients in developing symptom management skills, life-skills, self-care skills, and socialization skills.

• Provides one-on-one social interaction and individual support with clients as appropriate.

• Coordinates transportation requests for family members of clients who are hospitalized.

• Utilizes the MCAT Electronic Health Records system for documentation and record maintenance.

• Completes required documentation accurately, efficiently, and in a timely manner.

• Completes face-to-face follow up visits for the purpose of wellness checks, linkage efforts, or for the delivery of MCAT materials or documents which assure greater compliance with substance use and/or mental health treatment.

• Attends and participates in staff/agency meetings and trainings as assigned.

• Maintains self in a professional manner at all times, adhering to the Neighborhood Center, Inc.’s policies and procedures and in keeping with the Agency’s Mission Statement.

• Adheres to professional ethics, maintain appropriate professional boundaries, and maintain confidentiality of protected health information in accordance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996

• Performs other duties as assigned.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

As per guidelines for the NYS Office of Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Services (OASAS)

• 18 years of age or older.

A High School Diploma or Equivalency Diploma required.

OR

• Associate’s Degree or Bachelor’s Degree in a Human Services related field preferred.

• Has sufficient knowledge of recovery through overcoming the challenges resulting from a diagnosis of substance use and/or mental illness, or through being a caregiver/professional working with an individual using recovery services.

• Not currently hospitalized.

• Must obtain the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services Certification within an acceptable time frame as deemed by The Neighborhood Center, Inc. and any regulatory bodies. EOE

To apply for this job email your resume to HR@neighborhoodctr.org