Community Advocate-Peer Specialist

22 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
22 Jan 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Position Focus:

Provides one to one recovery supports for men and women leaving incarceration and re-entering the New Haven community. The community advocate/peer mentor will serve as part of an integrated treatment program designed to support addiction recovery and will be based through the outpatient, behavioral addiction service provider. The community advocate/peer mentor will be primarily responsible for providing wellness coaching to individuals with a history of substance use, incarceration, and co-occurring disorders. Additionally, the community advocate/peer mentor will use self-recovery experiences as part of the service delivery, attend weekly supervision and research meetings, attend required trainings, interface with key personnel at community health sites, complete medical record requirements, and support clients in reducing barriers to treatment and service engagement. Collaborates with treatment team in the ongoing evaluation of comprehensive psycho-social treatment plans for the clients we serve. May serve additional roles as required by the project director.

Additional responsibilities: Provide one to one recovery support; Assist individuals in setting up and sustaining self-help supports and establishing community connections; Responsible for outreach and engagement of target population; May provide or assist individuals in transportation to promote access to services and resources; Engage persons who have substance use disorders and who also have, or at risk for, co-morbid medical conditions in the array of services offered by the Forensic Drug Diversion clinic and medical care though associated medical providers; Assist clients enrolled in treatment in developing individualized plans for wellness, recovery, and community engagement; Helping clients access needed vocational, educational, housing, etc. resources and providing direct interface with those agencies in the community; Collaborate and facilitate connection with various community service providers; Provide in-reach as part of a team in the correctional facilities; requires some travel; Attend supervision, meetings and trainings; Works collaboratively with treatment staff; Provides support for clients seeking vocational, transitional, social adjustment, community living, and support services; Completes high quality, timely charging according to agency policies and procedures and payer requirements; May perform other duties as assigned.

Essential Duties

  1. Researches and collects data through site or home visit intakes; library research; structured interviews; or through other means for designated research assignments.
  2. Records and compiles information related to research data. Codes data accordingly to research specifications. Uses a computer terminal to input and retrieve data and to generate reports.
  3. Processes and summarizes data using scientific or statistical techniques. Assists in data interpretation and analyses. Reports on status of research activities.
  4. Recruits study participants and ensures that subject recruitment and follow-up are completed per protocol procedures.
  5. Orders and maintains inventory of supplies. May assist in designing, developing, and modifying research experiments, procedures, or survey instruments. May assist research and support staff. 
  6. Performs additional functions incidental to research activities.

Required Education and Experience 

Six years of related work experience, four of them in the same job family at the next lower level, and high school level education; or four years of related work experience and an Associate's degree; or little or no work experience and a Bachelor's degree in a related field; or an equivalent combination of experience and education.

Required Skill/Ability 1:

Basic computer skills and knowledge of Microsoft Word.

Required Skill/Ability 2:

Prior ability as a community advocate or peer mentor. Demonstrated education and training in peer support modalities.

Required Skill/Ability 3:

Demonstrated knowledge of health care resources and community based programs in New Haven and knowledge of transportation system.

Required Skill/Ability 4:

Demonstrated ability to work “one to one” with individuals with substance use disorders and physical illnesses from diverse backgrounds, including individuals with a history of incarceration. Demonstrated ability to use first-hand lived experience in this work – use of self-recovery experiences from these experiences.

Required Skill/Ability 5:

Ability to provide documentation of interactions and ability with participants.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:

First-hand experience as a consumer of behavioral health services. Preference for individuals who have experience working with individuals with addiction and/or forensically referred individuals.

Background Check Requirements

All candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening for this position, which may include motor vehicle, DOT certification, drug testing and credit checks based on the position description and job requirements. All offers are contingent upon the successful completion of the background check. Please visit for additional information on the background check requirements and process.

Additional Background or Health Screening Requirements

Selected incumbent must have successful completion of a required health screening and/or TB test.

Posting Disclaimer

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the essential functions that will be required of the position and should not be construed as a declaration of specific duties and responsibilities of the particular position. Employees will be assigned specific job-related duties through their hiring departments.

Affirmative Action Statement: 

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