Peer Specialist (Part-time)

Location: Kaplan House
City: Manhattan
State/Territory: New York
ZIP/Postal code: 10003
Borough: Manhattan
Division: Children & Adolescent Residential
Program/Department: 2240A | Kaplan House (CR RTC)
Salary Range:
Salary Information: Hourly
Position Control #: 3598

About Us

The Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services ("The Jewish Board") began over a century ago as a network of volunteers, bringing food and clothing to poor and immigrant Jewish families. Today, The Jewish Board is one of the nation’s largest and most comprehensive mental health and social service agencies, providing support and care for individuals and families at every stage of life and of all faiths, races and cultures.

The Jewish Board promotes recovery, resilience and self-sufficiency to over 40,000 New Yorkers annually at over 75 locations throughout the five boroughs and at a 125 acre campus in Westchester. Our mission to provide health and human services to all New Yorkers is built upon the professionalism and compassion of over 3,000 employees, including professional social workers, family therapists, licensed psychologists, and psychiatrists, and a corps of 1,000 dedicated volunteers. Together, we build hope for all New Yorkers.



To train Behavioral Health clients and serve as a role model and advocate in the areas of entitlements, self-advocacy and empowerment, daily activities, housing and employment.



  • Provide concrete service delivery to clients (i.e. benefits/entitlements), as per program needs.
  • Lead and co-leads a variety of recovery group, especially on issues of self-advocacy, entitlements and daily living activities, housing issues and employment readiness.
  • Communicate with collaterals and other agency staff on behalf of clients to assist case management staff as needed.
  • Participate in team meetings, supervision and discharge planning discussion.
  • Appropriately document groups and program activities on forms provided by Program Management.
  • Assists in various duties (as needed) for the program (i.e. kitchen aide, entitlements counselor, etc.).
  • Maintain resource materials on recovery for client use.
  • Train consumers in peer advocacy skills.
  • May be assigned other tasks and duties reasonably related to their job responsibilities.



  •  High School Diploma, GED
  • Some post-secondary education preferred, as is experience with a similar population in a community setting.
  • NY Peer Specialist certification is required.



  • Relevant life experience preferred.

  • Familiarity with NYS Entitlements, Housing and Mental Health Service Delivery System.

  • Basic computer skills a plus.

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