Job Opportunity with Community Access


Community Access, Inc. (CA) is a progressive not-for-profit organization that for the last 40 years has helped thousands of people diagnosed with psychiatric disabilities to make the transition from hospitals and shelters to independent living. Our primary mission is to identify needs and create solutions for homeless people with psychiatric disabilities. Our programs include over 1000 units of supportive housing in three boroughs, the Howie The Harp Advocacy Center,  East Village Access—a PROS-licensed training program, Parachute NYC – Crisis Respite Center and Support Line, Recovery Connections and the Art Collective.  

We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of 

Peer Advocate 

to work in our recovery center, Recovery Connections, at 2090 A. Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd., New York, NY.

This is a full-time position with an annual salary in the low to mid 30s, plus excellent benefits.

Position Overview

Recovery Connections (RC) is a new initiative designed to assist persons who have extensive experience with the mental health and criminal justice systems to acquire knowledge, skills and opportunities needed for meaningful community integration. RC will help participants connect with basic, mainstream community resources and opportunities related to health and wellness, work and education, housing, and other areas of interest.

The Peer Advocate’s primary responsibilities involve helping peers to connect with and maintain relationships with outside-the-system resources in order to more actively participate in their communities. Fostering community involvement, integration and citizenship includes: planning and executing community gatherings where ideas and interests are cultivated; facilitating networks and opportunities for participants to be heard and learn from each other; delivering groups and activities where participants can build confidence and learn meaningful skills; and connecting participants with needed resources. Other essential job functions include: undertaking creative outreach and follow-through strategies to identify participants who are interested in engaging RC, establishing ongoing connections with community resources and opportunities, and completing strengths-based, collaborative Exploration and Action Plan forms in our online records system, during intake with participants.


Qualified candidates must:  have an understanding, appreciation, and commitment to the philosophy and mission of Community Access; be the recipient/survivor of mental health services, preferably with personal experience with the criminal justice system; have a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (GED).

Applicants should have relevant employment or volunteer experience providing peer support, advocacy, community outreach or organizing or related support services in behavioral health and/or criminal justice service setting; be fingerprinted and cleared by OMH; possess strong understanding and practice of recovery, wellness and employment services; possess excellent oral and written communication skills; be computer literate; ability to travel via public transit and work afternoons, evenings and weekends.

Bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

Interested candidates should apply on


Community Access is an Equal Opportunity Employer. M/F/D/V.

Women, People of Color and Members of the LGBT community are strongly encouraged to apply.

CA is committed to the hiring of at least 51% consumer staff, in all of its departments and programs, and at all levels of management.


Job Opportunity with NYAPRS

NYAPRS Overview

The New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (NYAPRS), a nationally acclaimed peer-led behavioral health systems integration change agent based in Albany, NY, is dedicated to promoting the recovery, rehabilitation, and rights of people with psychiatric disabilities or diagnoses. NYAPRS is currently seeking a Training and Technical Assistance Facilitator for the New York City/Long Island area in its Systems Transformation division.


Position Summary 

Under the direction of the Senior Projects Coordinator, the Training and Technical Assistance Facilitator will develop and implement training for New York City and Long Island behavioral health providers on Recovery Innovations as part of the statewide NYAPRS Training Collective for Recovery, Rehabilitation, and Rights.  This is a work-from-home position that requires extensive travel and a valid driver’s license.  Personal vehicle ownership is not required.



  • GED or High School Diploma, BA/BS preferred
  • Experience in formally training or leading groups preferred
  • Great oral and written communication skills
  • Facility with computers/technical equipment
  • Excellent relationship-building skills
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • The ability to act independently
  • Demonstrated ability to engage others in training
  • High level of accountability and initiative
  • Valid driver’s license and ability to travel extensively required 


Personal experience with the mental health system and the ability to use that experience to enhance training preferred. 

NYAPRS offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits package including health coverage, retirement plan, paid time off, and paid holidays.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and wage requirements to:

- OR -

Director of Human Resources
194 Washington Avenue, Suite 400
Albany, NY 12210



Job Opportunity with Support Groups Central

Part-Time Online Support Group Leaders

Support Groups Central is looking for part-time online support group facilitators. Their website offers several types of help. They are looking for well qualified group leaders to back up and lead our growing schedule of meetings.

Their web conference based small group meetings are 90-mintes in length. The meetings are structured with both educational content and sharing/support segments. Meeting materials and training are provided.

Group facilitation experience and strong computer skills are required. Must also have computer with high speed internet connection, Microsoft Office (2010 or later), a web-cam, VOIP capability and separate telephone line with a speakerphone or headphone. Must be a Certified Peer Specialist. Background in social sciences is helpful as is a college degree.

Work from your home afternoons, evenings, and weekends. Good pay and potential for doing one-on-one mental health coaching as well as other programs.

Learn more about us at Please send resume with cover email to: Please send resume with cover email to: No phone calls please.


Job Opportunity with New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation

New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation seeks part-time Peer Counselors.
The Peer Counselor:
  1. Distributes and uses the Guide to Keeping Healthy after the Hospital © booklet in groups with consumers on inpatient units and within ambulatory care services.  
  2. Uses one's personal experience as a mental health consumer (including those with co-occurring backgrounds) in role modeling recovery and providing hope for other consumers.
  3. Shares with the consumers their own personal skills that they use to stay out of the hospital.
  4. Engages consumers and helps motivate them to set positive goals for their health and well-being.
  5. Assists consumers in seeking clarification about the treatment and recovery process.
  6. Promotes wellness and recovery by assisting consumers to identify their strengths and goals and to promote the notion of empowerment.
  7. Assists consumers in identifying their own individual warning signs of relapse and developing individual coping strategies.
  8. Assists consumers in developing skills intended to improve: mental health, substance use, physical health, and self-advocacy.
  9. Links consumers with peer support and social support networks in the community that is provided in the Guide to Keeping Healthy after the Hospital © booklet.
  10. Documents in accordance with program requirements, in a timely manner.
  11. Maintains a rapport with assigned facility liaisons on inpatient units and in clinics.
  12. Participates in team supervision to obtain information and resources for consumers and staff.
  13. Peer Counselor is supervised by the Consumer Affairs Coordinator.
  1. A four-year high school diploma or its educational equivalent,
  2. Completion of a training program that guides participants in working with consumers in the community; and
  3. One year of peer counseling or related experience.
The position requires a 15hr/week commitment. Locations in Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan.
Gita Enders, MA, CPRP
Assistant Director
Consumer Affairs Coordinator
NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation
Office of Behavioral Health
125 Worth Street, Room 424
New York, NY 10013
212.788.3524 Phone
212.788.3462 Fax

Job Opportunity with South Dakota United for Hope & Recovery

Project Manager, “Uniting for Change” Project

Reports to: Executive Director and Business Manager

Position Description:

  • Assure that the organization makes consistent and timely progress toward fulfilling the goals and objectives of the “Uniting for Change” project. (Project work plan is attached)
  • Provide leadership to build a culturally diverse volunteer base through development of effective strategies to enlist and support a volunteer workforce that:
  • Has a working knowledge of concepts and practices specific to the field (i.e. fundamental elements of peer run programs, intentional peer support, trauma informed care, recovery principles, open dialogue, hearing voices facilitation, emotional CPR)
  • Values cultural diversity
  • Matches skill, interest, and time priorities of the volunteer with fulfillment of a needed project role to ensure each volunteers function is mutually beneficial 
  • Supports continued leadership and educational development for volunteers that desire to enhance their existing skills and knowledge towards fulfilling new desired roles 
  • Promote active and broad participation by people with lived experience in all areas of project work.
  • Collect, manage, and maintain required data appropriately using the strict confidentiality policy of the organization and report regularly as required for continuation of the project.

  • See that the Executive Director and Business Manager are kept fully informed on the condition of the project and all important factors influencing it
  • With the assistance of the Executive Director, develop and maintain collaborative relationships to enhance the success of the project.
  • Maintain open relationships with Executive Director, Business Manager, grants award management, and technical assistance staff to support the success of the project, attend related meetings and presentations as requested. 

  • Be responsible for ensuring program support staff and volunteers have access to necessary resources to carry out assigned responsibilities, hours and data are collected and reported appropriately, and project tasks are carried out efficiently.

  •  Lived experience with mental health issues, trauma, extreme states, and/or altered states required
  • Working knowledge of concepts and practices specific to the field (i.e. fundamental elements of peer run programs, intentional peer support, trauma informed care, recovery principles, open dialogue, hearing voices facilitation, emotional CPR)
  • Familiarity with the Consumer Operated Service Programs (COSP) Evidence Based toolkit
  • At least 4 years combined education and relevant experience in grants management and working in a supervisory capacity
  • Demonstrated experience working collaboratively with peers from diverse backgrounds required
  • Excellent communication skills required.
  • Demonstrated supervisory and administrative experience and skills required.
  • Computer/word processing and internet experience required
  • Must be willing to relocate to Rapid City, SD (in the beautiful Black Hills)
  • Experience with building a volunteer base strongly preferred
  • Demonstrated experience and skill in negotiating fiscal and programmatic issues with both public and private funding sources strongly preferred.
  • At least a Bachelor’s Degree preferred
  • Social media networking skills a helpful

  • Knowledge of South Dakota geographic regions helpful

Advantages and Opportunities of this position

  • Challenging work that offers the opportunity to grow with a group, including opportunities for lead positions on future projects
  • Live life at a gentle pace, be near nature, and develop meaningful relationships as a valued member of a small but growing community
  • Live in an area with a low cost of living without compromising a safe environment
  • Chance to be a key player making valued contributions to building a healthier and more inclusive communities 
Compensation and References:

  • Compensation depends on experience.
  • Please provide references specific to work experience and ability to fulfill position
  • To apply please send cover letter, resume, and references:

o By e-mail:

Please place “Position Opening” in the subject line 


o By post SD United for Hope & Recovery

PO Box 3052 Rapid City SD 57709


o In-person: 420 East Saint Patrick Street

Rapid City, SD 57701


South Dakota United is an Equal Opportunity Employer.   It is the policy of this organization to provide equal opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual preference, age, or disability.  South Dakota United is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.