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Whitney Young Health Center Peer Support Specialist (Req 100399) in Albany, New York

Peer Support Specialist (Req 100399)

Albany, NY (



GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES:Under the direction of program leadership, the peer support specialist will provide peer support services to patients to assist them in attaining recovery and treatment adherence.


  • Serve as a mentor/role model demonstrating competency in recovery, effective coping skills and self-help strategies for establishing and maintaining treatment adherence.

  • Works collaboratively and as part of the multi-disciplinary team.

  • Serves as a patient advocate, educator and supporter for patients.

  • Engage patients in recovery support and treatment services.

  • Understand and promote individual patient treatment plan goals and objectives.

  • Conduct screenings as assigned.

  • Assist patients in adhering to treatment recommendations.

  • Provide education on HIV, HCV, substance use disorders, and mental health related issues, to patients.

  • Promote patients’ engagement in primary medical care, medication adherence, and all services to attain recovery and optimal health.

  • Assist patients with a healthy reintegration into family life, the workforce and the community.

  • Provide insight to program development and administration from one’s own lived experience.

  • Co/facilitate the Consumer Advisory Board/Patient Council/Alumni Group.

  • Understands and effectively communicates HIPAA compliance, corporate compliance and client confidentiality.

  • Ensures and/or remains in compliance with local, state, and federal regulation, i.e. NCQA, Ryan White programs, NYS Department of Health.

  • Adheres to the National Patient Safety Goals as defined by Joint Commission and Whitney Young Health Services.

  • Demonstrates excellence in both internal and external customer service.

  • Completes other duties as assigned.



High School Diploma or GED, CRPA (Certified Recovery Peer Advocate) or CPSS (Certified Peer Support Specialist) or must be obtained within 6 months of employment in the role. One year experience working as a peer support in a professional setting is required.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Two or more years with lived experience and at least one year as a certified peer in a professional setting.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other legally protected status.