Peer Support Specialist - RCIL (Auburn)

Employment Type

: Full-Time


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Part time

We welcome and appreciate diversity in all forms. We know from experience that one size does not fit all.


Adult HCBS Behavioral Health Empowerment

Our staff are creative, self-starters who build relationships and juggle multiple priorities: independent, yet able to work on a team of dedicated individuals.


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.

Rather than being expected to keep quiet and surrender to barriers within the human service system, our staff are urged to rock the boat, start debate, and to make positive change. To achieve that end, employees are expected to advocate, regardless of position.

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

  • Provide one-one-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;
  • Our leadership, reputation and significant presence throughout New York State enables us to offer career opportunities and experiences that are ample enough to meet career goals and your dreams.

  • 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.
  • RCIL employment is synonymous with growth. Our employees can expect to sharpen their talents, and embrace new capabilities and challenges.

    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.

    Because we look to attract the very best, we are committed to offering competitive compensation, promotional opportunities, rewards, and benefits packages.

    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.

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