Jobs: NYC, Syracuse Peer Positions; UJC, CARF Directors

Respite Care positions at Community Access

Community Access, Inc. (CA) is a progressive not-for-profit organization that for the last 38 years has helped thousands of people diagnosed with psychiatric disabilities to make the transition from hospitals and shelters to independent living.  We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of PEER COUNSELOR to work in a new Crisis Respite Center, located at 315 2nd Avenue, in New York, NY.

There are multiple openings for full, part-time and per-diem shifts; annual salary is the low to mid 30s, plus an excellent benefits package.

Program Overview:

The Crisis Respite Center (CRC), part of Parachute NYC, provides an innovative and unique “hospital diversion” model whereby persons seeking temporary residential respite care can stay in a warm, friendly, safe, and supportive home-like environment where they are taught to use new recovery and relapse prevention skills. This is achieved through 24-hour peer support, self-advocacy education, self-help training, and mutual understanding. The CRC offers people experiencing a psychosis-related crisis with a short-term (one day to two weeks) residential alternative that will allow individuals to maintain daily activities and connect with community-based services and supports, including primary care. The program will provide recovery oriented services incorporating Need Adapted Treatment and Intentional Peer Support. The CRC also operates a warm line providing peer counseling and referral services to individuals in emotional distress. Parachute NYC is an innovative CMS funded pilot project designed to support a continuum of community based services to individuals experiencing a psychosis related crisis, including specially trained mobile crisis teams and Crisis Respite Centers.

Position Overview: Peer Counselors are responsible for assisting in the delivery of services and supports to Parachute NYC service recipients, primarily those residing in CA’s CRC.   Peer counselors also serve as warm line operators. Peers are integral in supporting people during personal crisis, helping individuals learn how to view crises differently and how to use wellness tools to help decrease the intensity of or prevent future crises. A primary role of peer counselors is to create a respite from extreme emotional distress through the promotion of a non-judgmental, supportive, friendly and engaging environment. Designed to promote self-determination and hope, peer delivered services and supports include: peer support, wellness education and skill building opportunities, identification and engagement in community-based resources including health care services.

Qualifications: Qualified candidates must have a minimum of high school diploma or equivalent (GED); graduate of core peer specialist training program, preferred; experience with the mental health system and willingness to share personal experience appropriately and respectfully; previous work experience in a behavioral health or related setting, preferably using the recovery model; resourceful and knowledgeable of community resource and services; Must be fingerprinted and cleared by the Office of Mental Health (OMH); a respect for, and high level of comfort around people experiencing psychiatric crisis; exceptional oral communication skills including empathic listening, and responding; ability to utilize critical thinking, problem-solving and de-escalation skills to assist with creating and maintaining an environment that promotes recovery; ability to set priorities and manage multiple and competing tasks; willingness and ability to participate in Parachute NYC Training including Need Adapted Treatment Model, Intentional Peer Support, Health Navigator and other required training; bilingual preferred.  To apply online, please visit:

If you do not have internet access, alternative submission options include:

1) Visiting our main office at 2 Washington Street, 9th floor, NY, NY 10004 to pick up a submission packet,

2) Calling 212-780-1400, ext. 7 to receive detailed submission instructions.

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.


Hope Connections Recovery Center, Syracuse Seeks Program Manager, Peer Coach, Program Assistant

Fiduciary Partner Catholic Charities of Onondaga County (CCOC)


CCOC is pleased to announce the development of Hope Connections, a peer-led recovery center. Hope Connections seeks to create opportunities for people to sustain successful recovery. Hope Connections’ staff will use a range of experiences, tools, and mutual exploration to help individuals,

Define their life passions.   Connect to resources & supports.

Enhance their life skills.         Realize their dreams.


Full Time opportunities are now available for Program Manager, Peer Coach and Program Assistant. Ideal Candidates will have lived experience with the public Mental Health system and the ability to use that experience to promote and support Hope Connections’ mission, “We are a community of “Peers” promoting integration through transformative teamwork that empowers, advocates, and mutually supports people by inspiring hope through choice and opportunity within Onondaga County.”

The Program Manager is responsible for overall management and operation of the recovery center including program policies and procedures, staffing and fiscal matters; Collaborate with the Advisory Board on operational matters of the center. Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services or related field & 3 years of management experience preferably in the Mental Health field, or an equivalent combination of education & relevant experience.  Experience mentoring people and facilitating groups is necessary.  Strong knowledge and experience of co-occurring disorders and recovery is preferred.  To learn more and to apply, visit

The Peer Coach will engage, mentor and provide direct one to one support to individuals in recovery related to both mental health and substance use conditions; Assist in promoting the recovery center and active recruitment of volunteers and peers; Bachelor’s Degree preferred, Associate’s Degree in Human Services or related with 2 years relevant experience preferably in Mental Health or an equivalent combination of education & experience.  Experience mentoring people and facilitating groups is necessary.  Strong knowledge and experience of co-occurring disorders and recovery is preferred.  To learn more and to apply, visit

The Program Assistant will provide administrative and secretarial support for the day to day operation of the program; Promptly respond to the community regarding the specifics of the Recovery Center.  Associate’s Degree preferred, H.S. Diploma/G.E.D. with 1 year relevant experience required.  To learn more and to apply, visit



Project Director 

The Mental Health Project of the Urban Justice Center

The Mental Health Project (MHP) of the Urban Justice Center (UJC) is seeking a dynamic individual with strong operational, organizational and managerial skills to serve as its next Project Director. MHP’s mission is to advance and enforce the rights of low-income individuals with mental illness through direct legal advocacy, community education and impact litigation. MHP’s focus areas include disability rights, public benefits, eviction prevention, and discharge planning advocacy. MHP has an initiative serving and protecting the civil rights of individuals with mental illness in the criminal justice system, and a project focusing on legal advocacy for veterans. MHP provides direct services to hundreds of New Yorkers each year, and its innovative class action lawsuits have advanced the rights of tens of thousands of individuals, both in New York and across the nation.

The Project Director will inherit a project with a stable budget during a period of controlled growth, and will become the leader of an experienced and highly dedicated team of seventeen, composed of attorneys, social workers, and legal advocates.

The ideal candidate will:

·         have a demonstrated commitment to the advancement and protection of the rights of persons with mental illness;

·         have significant experience with grant management and oversight;

·         have expertise developing grant proposals and raising funds from public and private sources;

·         have or be prepared to cultivate relationships with the mental health and legal services communities;

·         have experience speaking to the media;

·         be prepared to balance administrative, budgetary and supervisory responsibilities with the development and implementation of a short and long term visions for the project; and

Requirements include:

·         J.D., M.P.A., other relevant advanced degree, or at least ten years of comparable work experience;

·         experience practicing law or with public interest advocacy; and

·         minimum of five years’ management experience, ideally within the nonprofit sector.

Application Procedure: Evaluation of prospective candidates will begin immediately. Applications, including a resume, cover letter, and writing sample, should be sent to the MHP Hiring Committee, with the subject line “Project Director.” Electronic submission of materials is required.  Submissions will be considered on a rolling basis until October 10, 2012, at 5:00 p.m. Due to high volume, we regret that we are unable to respond to inquiries and will contact only those candidates selected for further consideration.

The Urban Justice Center is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will be afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of race, religion/creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, military status, predisposing genetic characteristics, victim of domestic violence status or marital status. This is supervisory position and duties include the management of staff who are represented for collective bargaining purposes by the National Organization of Legal Services Workers, UAW, Local 2230.


Managing Director, Behavioral Health – CARF International

At CARF, we know our business growth and the success of our mission are tied to the strength of the CARF brand and reputation.  In particular, the reputation of the people who work for us is key to the integrity and trust we establish with important stakeholders in the communities in which we serve.

After 15 years of great service with CARF, our Managing Director of Behavioral Health (BH), is retiring, opening up a very rare senior management position in our company.  If you are an established and respected individual in the BH industry or an upcoming professional with the drive to do more with your career nationally/globally, consider CARF as your next career move.  If you can create breakthrough levels of interest, engagement and loyalty with key audiences, this thought leadership, marketing and training position at CARF is right for you.

Experience and knowledge in the field of behavioral health care, good oral and written communication skills, as well as the ability to interact with a wide range of stakeholders is important.  CARF offers a highly competitive package of compensation and benefits.  Master’s degree plus ten years of experience preferred.

Please forward your resume and a letter of interest to CARF if you wish to be considered for this position.  This position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.  The incumbent is also prepared to answer any questions a prospective candidate may have, and the selected candidate will have transition time with the incumbent.

CARF International is an equal opportunity employer.  To submit a resume and cover letter, please visit