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Peer Support Specialist


Part time




Adult HCBS Behavioral Health Empowerment


RCIL is a civil rights organization that offers individuals with disabilities a wide range of independent living and advocacy services through the numerous programs we manage. 

The Peer Support Specialist will serve as a peer with the purpose of aiding in the recovery process with those experiencing Serious Mental Illness (SMI) and/or Substance Use Disorders (SUD). The successful candidate will be expected to:

  • Provide one-on-one support and recovery coaching for individuals and their family members;
  • Raise awareness of existing services and pathways to recovery;
  • Serve as support for individuals transitioning from jails, institutions and hospitals back home and into the community;
  • Provide companionship and support when an individual is presenting to an emergency room, crisis center or detox unit with continuing support and visits during stay and upon discharge; and
  • Assist and coach with skill and goal development that guide individuals toward a more independent life.

Who may be considered:

Candidates must have personal experience as a recipient of mental health services with a willingness to share personal and practical experience, knowledge and first-hand insight to benefit program participants.

Certification by the Office of Mental Health (OMH) as a Certified Peer Specialist or Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (OASAS) as a Certified Peer Recovery Advocate is required.

Knowledge of the recovery process and what is needed to facilitate recovery along with the skill to teach and engage in basic problem-solving strategies to support individuals in recovery is required.  Candidates must possess the knowledge of signs and symptoms of mental illness and/or substance abuse along with community resources necessary for independent living.

Placement: Hourly

Wages:  $12.36/hour

Number of Vacancies: Numerous

Location: Utica, NY

How to Apply:

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Recruiter Contact:

Nate Discavage


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A hard copy of your resume and cover letter may also be forwarded to: RCIL, P.O. Box 210, Utica, NY 13503-0210, Attention: Recruitment.

It is the policy of RCIL to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified persons with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment. If you need assistance or accommodations to fully participate in the interview process, please contact the HR Recruiter at 315-797-4642. Employment opportunities will not be denied to anyone because of the need to make reasonable accommodations for a person’s disability.

RCIL promotes a scent/chemical free environment. To support this effort, we ask that all applicants refrain from wearing scented products while in the office.

RCIL is an equal opportunity employer. All persons—including people with disabilities; elders; women; and people of racial and ethnic minority—are encouraged to apply.

It is RCIL’s policy and agency standard that all employees participate in advocacy for Civil Rights and Agency activities.  Apply today to make a difference!

This document was developed under grant CFDA 93.778 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. However, these contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.