• 47 Broad Avenue Binghamton, NY 13904

  • Phone (607) 771-8888

  • Fax (607) 771-8892

Crisis Respite Recovery Specialist

Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier

Get Paid for your Compassion!

Do you have personal experience as a recipient of mental health and/or chemical addiction services with two years of successful recovery? Are you available to work overnight hours in a safe, home-like environment? If so, then we look forward to hearing from you!

In the short-term crisis respite setting, the Recovery Specialist is responsible for instilling hope, supporting wellness; and demonstrating that recovery is real and attainable. Recovery Specialists help guests explore their personal goals and engage them in community and social events using compassion, trauma-informed techniques, and peer support. On-the-job training is provided for the successful candidate.


Ÿ Provide assistance, support, and advocacy to individuals in crisis

Ÿ Help individuals clarify problems and identify the need for change or improvement

Ÿ Assist individuals with setting goals based on their individual preferences

Ÿ Provide peer support and active listening to individuals accessing the Warm Line

Ÿ Model wellness and recovery while helping individuals to identify interventions they can implement working toward their own wellness and recovery goals

Ÿ Promote empowerment through meaningful activities and discussions using selective self-disclosure

Ÿ Utilize wellness tools, such as a WRAP, and other problem-solving techniques

Ÿ Assist individuals in making community connections based on their preferences and needs

Ÿ Help maintain a clean, safe, and secure environment in the respite house

Ÿ Maintain accurate and up-to-date records and documentation of services; provide and maintain documentation of the individual’s progress and operations of the respite house

Ÿ Work as part of a cohesive team

Ÿ Communicate effectively with community contacts

Ÿ Demonstrate ease with working with a diverse population

Ÿ Meet individuals where they are in life, promote goal setting and support progress toward those goals

Ÿ Must be flexible with work schedule; evenings, nights, and weekend shifts are required

Ÿ Treat all guests and staff with dignity, courtesy, and respect

Ÿ Occasionally ascend/descend stairs

Ÿ Safeguard Protected Health Information (PHI):

o Access is only allowed on a “need to know” basis to perform the necessary job duties in this role

o Access to the PHI of individuals being served outside of this program is restricted (via the electronic medical record system)

o Access to, use of, and disclosure of PHI is to be done in compliance with the agency’s HIPAA policy manual


Ÿ Bachelor’s Degree, Associate’s Degree, or college-level academic work in related field strongly preferred; or High School diploma with relevant work experience/knowledge-base of mental health recovery

Ÿ Personal experience as a recipient of mental health and/or chemical addiction services with two years of successful recovery is required

Ÿ Able to interact professionally and effectively with staff and guests

Ÿ Experience with conducting needs assessments strongly desired

Ÿ Experience with developing care plans strongly desired

Ÿ Experience/general understanding of documentation procedures including electronic recordkeeping

Ÿ Working knowledge of issues facing persons affected by mental illness and chemical dependency

Ÿ Understanding of and ease with dealing with individuals in crisis

Ÿ Familiarity with community supports and Federal, State, and Local services and systems

Ÿ Qualify for and complete New York State Peer Specialist Certification within six months of hire http://nypeerspecialist.org Ÿ Ability to abide by the NYPSCB Code of Ethical Conduct http://nypeerspecialist.org

Ÿ Approval by New York State Justice Center via fingerprinting and criminal background check is required

Ÿ Must be able to drive with a valid driver’s license and a driving record acceptable to MHAST insurance carrier

Ÿ Must demonstrate a commitment to the Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier’s mission and vision

Ÿ Perform other duties as assigned.

Reports to: Crisis Respite Team Lead

Status: Non-exempt

Hours: Full time/Part time

Pay Range: $13 to $15 per hour