Recovery Peer Specialist (LEAP Program)

Recovery Peer Specialist (LEAP Program)

Elmcor Youth and Adult Activity, Inc. Queens, NY favicon


The Recovery Peer Specialist will function as a role model, exhibiting competency in personal recovery and use of coping skills, serving as an advocate providing peer support and resources for participants served. This includes developing person-centered recovery goals that enable individuals to live, learn, socialize, work and thrive in the community. This position reports directly to the Program Manager.


Core duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Provide outreach to participants in order to facilitate their engagement in services and offer additional supports.
  • Conduct completion of required peer contact sheet
  • Picks up newly discharged participants from various locations and referral sources.
  • Assists with the development of wellness recovery action plans and recovery plan.
  • Assists participants with identifying sustaining coping techniques and self-help strategies.
  • Provides health coaching and recovery support, especially on issues of self-advocacy, wellness self-management, medication adherence, entitlements, and daily living activities.
  • Life skills or support group facilitation
  • Accompanies participants as needed to various appointments.
  • Encourages family involvement when appropriate, and provide family education and support
  • Provides telephonic as well as face to face outreach, engagement and service planning in the community.
  • Acts as a linkage to community services including medical, behavioral, residential, entitlement and any other needed services per interdisciplinary care plan.
  • Acts as a resource to all team members on team planning activities around substance abuse/MATS issues.
  • Maintains documents, records, statistics, and other related reports in an organized, timely and accurate manner as per policy and procedures.
  • Accesses records only where the “need to know” exists.
  • Follows established Federal, State and Elmcor guidelines on confidentiality.
  • Assists participants with their case manager in determining steps necessary to achieve treatment goals.
  • Assists Case Manager to support participants, as needed, during interventions.
  • Recovery education for community members
  • Post-treatment monitoring and support
  • Provide recovery check-ups and coaching
  • Seeks supervision and consultation as needed.
  • May be required to work evenings and weekends.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skills and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience:

  • High School Diplomas or GED ( minimum requirement)
  • Certification as a Certified Recovery Peer Advocate ( can be attained after employment)

Additional Qualifications:

  • Current New York State Driver’s License
  • Must have proficient computer skills.
  • Must successfully complete a criminal background check, obtain clearance from the Office of Children and Family Services and be drug-free.
  • Written and verbal proficiency in Spanish preferred.

Other Skills and Abilities:

  • Responds to changes in work requirements
  • Shows flexibility in changing of schedules as needed.
  • Be willing to take on additional responsibilities as requested.
  • Uses good judgment in bringing issues to the attention of supervisor.
  • Organizes tasks manages time well and directs oneself.
  • Performs job tasks in a manner that does not result in negative audit reviews.
  • Provides appropriate notice for absences and late arrivals, and is not chronically absent or late.
  • Refers to and follows agency policy and procedures.
  • Responds to opportunities and requirements for skill development.
  • Demonstrates openness to input on work issues from supervisor and co-workers.
  • Meets productivity requirements for position.
  • Maintains a work focused atmosphere; shares techniques for increasing productivity.
  • Performs duties in a manner that expedites work requirements.
  • Manages time, adheres to deadlines and prioritizes tasks.
  • Reports potential safety hazards on agency property.
  • Uses good judgment in matters of safety and liability for which there may not be prescribed procedures.
  • Shares information only where the “need to know” exists.
  • Conversations are conducted with privacy in mind (information is not discussed in public areas).
  • Demonstrates tact, courtesy, and helpfulness in relating to community agencies, coworkers, clients and other associates.
  • Responds to problems and conflict with solution-focused thinking.
  • Works effectively with people regardless of race, color, religion, gender, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, or national origin.

Employment Type: Full Time

Bi-lingual (Spanish/English) a plus.

Benefits: Participation in 401K/403B, Health/Dental Insurance, Paid Holidays, Annual and Sick Leave.

Job Types: Full-time & Part-time

Pay: $21.98 per hour

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