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Family Support Peer Specialist

Acacia Network


Acacia Network/ PROMESA was been selected as one of five Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics in New York City participating in a new pilot program aimed at improving New York’s behavioral health system. We are seeking talented Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners to join the Acacia Network team in this exciting new initiative strengthening the integration of mental health, primary care and substance-use services.

The Senior Family Peer Support Specialist requires someone who is culturally aware and sensitive to the needs of the Latino 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. The Senior Family Peer Support Specialist primary roles are to encourage family members to promote "whole health" by taking control of their own health and wellness. Person will facilitate engagement and participation of parents and families in their family member's care. Person will model hope, personal responsibility, self-advocacy, coping skill development and community connectedness.

Provide recovery oriented interventions for adults and children diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illnesses.
Work as a member of multidisciplinary treatment team that practices client centered and holistic care; accompany clients to appointments and complete warm- hand off referrals, including health homes services.
Communicate effectively with clients and collateral contacts and conduct outreach for care coordination.
Provide advocacy services for clients, including assisting individuals obtain benefits and entitlements, obtain food, obtain housing, and access appropriate care in the community.
Provide psychoeducation to families and natural supports.
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.
Connect families with resources in the community, such as housing supports, recreational programs, food banks, churches…etc.
Provide pre-crisis 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.
Provide support to family members to understand their rights in a school setting.
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 EBPs groups
Participate as member of the EBPs groups curriculum development process.
Serve as a support and work with Family Peer Support Specialist to conduct peer reviews.
Perform additional relevant duties as requested by supervisor/management.
Complete office duties as needed/required
On Call Responsibilities as designated by Director
About Us
We are the leading Latino integrated care nonprofit in the nation, offering the community, from children to seniors, a pathway to behavioral and primary healthcare, housing, and empowerment. We are visionary leaders transforming the triple aim of high quality, great experience at a lower cost. Acacia champions a collaborative environment to deliver vital health, housing and community building services. Our behavioral health services care for people with substance and/or mental illness within a comprehensive set of 31 programs including detoxification, adult, youth, and women and children residential treatment, ambulatory treatment including medication assisted treatment, mental health outpatient and strength based day treatment, community residences, and supportive housing.

And by hiring talented individuals like you, we’ve been able to expand quickly, with offices in Albany, Buffalo, Orlando, and Puerto Rico.

Acacia Network is an equal opportunity employer.


Hold a high school diploma or jurisdictionally certified high school equivalency
Bi-lingual (Spanish/English); strongly preferred
NYS OMH certification is required
5+ years as a Peer Specialist required.
Experience working with families
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 Windows, Excel, 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.




Job ID: 1250

Posted on 09/14/17; CVMHA ID #11396