• 47 Broad Avenue Binghamton, NY 13904

  • Phone (607) 771-8888

  • Fax (607) 771-8892

Crisis Respite Recovery Specialist -Overnight

Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier

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.



  • 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
  • Personal experience as a recipient of mental health and/or chemical addiction services with two years of successful recovery is required
  • Able to interact professionally and effectively with staff and guests
  • Experience/general understanding of documentation procedures including electronic recordkeeping
  • 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 and complete New York State Peer Specialist Certification within six months of hire http://nypeerspecialist.org
  • Ability to abide by the NYPSCB Code of Ethical Conduct http://nypeerspecialist.org
  • Approval by New York State Justice Center via fingerprinting and criminal background check is required
  • Must be able to drive with a valid driver’s license and a driving record acceptable to MHAST insurance carrier
  • Demonstrates a commitment to the Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier’s mission and vision



  • Provide assistance, support, and advocacy to individuals in crisis
  • Help individuals clarify problems and identify the need for change or improvement
  • Assist individuals with setting goals based on their individual preferences
  • Provide peer support and active listening to individuals accessing the Warm Line
  • Model wellness and recovery while helping individuals to identify interventions they can implement working toward their own wellness and recovery goals
  • Promote empowerment through meaningful activities and discussions using selective self-disclosure
  • Utilize wellness tools, such as a WRAP, and other problem solving techniques  
  • Assist individuals in making community connections based on their preferences and needs
  • Help maintain a clean, safe, and secure environment in the respite house
  • 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
  • Demonstrate teamwork among co-workers
  • Communicate effectively with community contacts
  • Demonstrate ease with working with a diverse population
  • Ability to meet individuals where they are in life and promoting goal setting and supporting progress toward those goals
  • Flexibility with work schedule, with evenings, nights, and weekend shifts required
  • Treat all guests and staff with dignity, courtesy, and respect
  • Occasionally ascends/descends stairs

Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.


Reports to: House Manager
Status: Non-exempt





 Hours: Full time/Part time