• 47 Broad Avenue Binghamton, NY 13904

  • Phone (607) 771-8888

  • Fax (607) 771-8892

Family Peer Advocate

Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier


Provide resources, education and support in a strengths-based, individualized care approach to parents/guardians with a child with a mental health diagnosis.


· High School diploma, GED or equivalent.

· Must have or have raised a child (including foster child) with special emotional, behavioral or mental health needs

· NYS Peer Advocate Credential – or the ability/willingness to become one within 6 months of hire

· Family, Needs & Strengths certification– or the ability/willingness to become certified

· Ability to work cooperatively with various service providers in the community

· Ability to document activities, and comfortable doing so in an electronic health record

· Ability to travel as needed

· Understanding of HIPAA/HITECH regulations

Ÿ Valid NYS Driver’s License with a driving record acceptable to MHAST’s insurance carrier

Ÿ Must complete a criminal background check and a NYS Central Registry Database Check in a manner acceptable to the NYS Justice Center and Office of Children and Family Services

Ÿ Must not be on the NYS Medicaid Exclusion List


The essential functions include, but are not limited to the following:

Ÿ Reduce use of costly mental health services through early prevention, education, advocacy and supportive peer counseling

· Provide education and support to families as they navigate the mental health and education systems

· Access and refer to appropriate community resources

· Empower parents to be the decision makers in their child's life by advocating for their child in the school and community settings

· Accompany parents to meetings and appointments when necessary

· Organize and facilitate family support group

· Create and maintain appropriate records including, needs assessments, care plans, safety plans, progress notes, utilization reviews and other pertinent documentation using an electronic medical record

· Participate in regular case reviews with staff and supervisor

· Collaborate with Single Point of Access (SPOA) and other community providers

· Provide monthly statistics to Children & Family Services Director

· Keep all case information confidential as directed per agency policy

· Work collaboratively with MHAST staff

· Individuals in this role will have access to Protected Health Information (PHI) as part of their job duties:

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

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

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

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

Reports to: Director of Children and Family Services

Status: Non-exempt

Hours: Full time