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Certified Recovery Peer Advocate (Dunkirk, NY)  Dunkirk, NY  : 11/9/2022
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The Certified Recovery Peer Advocate requires someone who is culturally aware and sensitive to the needs of the targeted population, possess excellent computer skills, be able to function as a part of an inter-disciplinary team and have understanding of therapy and group work rooted in evidenced based approaches for intervention and management strategies. Peer Support services are peer-delivered services with a rehabilitation and recovery focus. They are designed to promote skills for coping with and managing behavioral health symptoms while facilitating the utilization of natural resources and the enhancement of recovery-oriented principles (e.g. hope and self-efficacy, and community living skills). Peer support uses trauma-informed, non-clinical assistance to achieve long-term recovery from a behavioral health disorder.

Under supervision of the Recovery Specialist Supervisor, the requirements listed below represent the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. The provider ensures strengths based, person centered quality of care provided in a culturally and linguistically meaningful therapeutic environment. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities as defined by the ADA to perform the essential functions of the job. The functions below outline the general responsibilities associated with this position. Each of these functions is considered critical to effective department operations and our Mission. It is expected that all staff in this position will have satisfactory attendance and will perform these functions as assigned in a competent, cooperative, and timely manner. The Job Description will be reviewed periodically for accuracy and/or adjusted according to business necessity.  The salary is $21.79/Hr


  • · Provide rehabilitative and recovery-oriented interventions for clients diagnosed with substance disorders.
  • · Help promote skills for coping and managing behavioral health symptoms.
  • · Provide relapse prevention planning.
  • · Conduct assessment and groups specific to substance use.
  • · Utilize motivational interviewing and other evidence-based practices (EBP) while working with individuals at different stages of change to help individuals reduce use/abstain from substance use.
  • · Work as a member of multidisciplinary treatment team that practices client centered and holistic care; accompany clients to appointments and complete warm handoff referrals, including health homes services.
  • · Communicate effectively with clients and collateral contacts and conduct outreach for care coordination both onsite and within the community with mobile unit.
  • · Provide advocacy services for clients, including assisting individuals obtain benefits and entitlements, food, housing, and access appropriate care in the community by utilizing mobile unit.
  • · Conduct interim visits with individuals after a discharge from a hospital, rehab, or inpatient stay to facilitate community tenure and increased readiness while waiting for the first post-discharge visit with a community-based mental health provider.
  • · Assist in the selection and utilization of self-directed recovery tools such as relapse prevention planning.
  • · Connect individuals to self-help groups in the community.
  • · Provide recovery education and counseling to individuals and their family members.
  • · Provide transitional support bridging from an institution (jail, hospital, rehab) to an individual's home.
  • · Provide preventative and crisis support services.
  • · Provide parent skills development and training.
  • · Conduct groups with families to strengthen social skills, decrease isolation, provide emotional support and create opportunities for ongoing natural support.
  • · Participate in staff and organizational meetings as requested for care coordination and development of policies and procedures.
  • · Maintain compliance with all organizational policies and procedures.
  • · Facilitate and co-facilitate EBP groups.
  • · Participate as member of the EBP groups' curriculum development process.
  • · Complete duties as needed/required.
  • · Complete wellness, health promotions activities.
  • · Follow-up with the individual and the individual's family/support network to confirm linkage to Care Coordination, outpatient treatment or other community services.
  • · Perform additional relevant duties as requested by supervisor/management.
  • · Follows established policies and procedures.
  • · Drive the mobile unit to various locations and provide peer services within the community where identified needs are determined.
  • · Completes Vehicle inspection checklist daily.
  • · Drive mobile unit for maintenance and service appointments as needed.


  • · High school diploma or GED
  • Must be Fully vaccianted against covid-19
  • · Must possess current Certified Recovery Peer Advocate certification.
  • · Provisional certification will be accepted and must obtain full certification within six (6) months from the date of hire.
  • · Must obtain Mandated reporter (2 hours) prior to hire date.
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  • · Valid NYS Driver License.
  • · Satisfactory equivalent of training and experience to fulfill requirements of the position.
  • · DMV Abstract demonstrating safe driving record for minimum of 5 years.
  • · Basic knowledge of vehicle maintenance.
  • · Experience or desire to work with people who have a mental illness or substance use disorder.
  • · Positive attitude and professional demeanor.
  • · Ability to complete work independently as well as in collaboration with team members.
  • · Must be team oriented with a willingness to be flexible and helpful.
  • · Excellent computer skills including Microsoft, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and electronic communications tools: internet and email.
  • · Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • · Highly organized, motivated self-starter.
  • · Excellent time management skills.
  • · Bi-lingual (Spanish/English); strongly preferred.

*Acacia Network is an equal opportunity employer*

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