Recovery Specialist/Peer Companio

Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier, Inc.

Recovery Specialist/Peer Companion

Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier, Inc.

Binghamton, NY

Recovery Specialist/Peer Companion Crisis Respite In a Peer Respite setting, the Recovery Specialist is available to instill hope, support wellness, and to demonstrate that recovery is real and does happen. Respite workers help guests explore their personal goals and engage them in community and social events using compassion, trauma informed techniques, and peer support. Recovery specialists assist individuals in crisis process current issues and stressors and assist them in moving forward to a place of increased wellness, possibly even beyond their normal baseline.


  • Bachelor’s Degree, Associates Degree, or college level academic work in related field strongly preferred; or High School diploma with relevant experience/knowledge base of mental health and substance recovery
  • Personal experience as a recipient of mental health and/or chemical addiction with two years of successful recovery preferred
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Experience with program development
  • Experience/general understanding of documentation procedures
  • Working knowledge of issues facing persons affected by mental illness and chemical dependency, understanding of and ease with dealing with individuals in crisis
  • Familiarity with community supports and Federal, State and Local services and systems
  • Qualify for New York State Peer Specialist Certification.
  • Approval by New York State Justice Center
  • Driving record acceptable to MHAST insurance carrier
  • Demonstrates a commitment to the Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier’s mission and vision

Personal Characteristics:

  • Believe in the importance of consumer-directed services
  • Believe that growth, recovery, and change are possible
  • Value consumer choice, self-determination and self-sufficiency
  • Respectful of and compassionate toward other people’s thoughts, behaviors, ideas, and needs
  • Self-aware and able to take responsibility for own mistakes, successes, weaknesses, and strengths, as well as being able and willing to seek support when needed
  • Optimistic and confident in approach and outlook
  • Safe and approachable, including when under pressure
  • Good listening skills
  • Punctuality, reliability, co-operation with others

To apply for this position, or to get more information, please visit our website at or send your resume and cover letter to or

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