Outreach Specialist


Date Posted:
1751 Park Ave
new york
United States of America



Position Overview

The Outreach Specialist provides peer recovery support in a specialized Substance Use Treatment Services for multiple underserved populations, including persons with mental illness (i.e. MICA) who suffer from ongoing mood and/or perceptual disorders;LGBTQ individuals; the unstably housed; persons with chronic health concerns; and persons involved in the criminal justice system. Housing Works’ OASAS Clinic uses a trauma-informed, harm reduction approach (including abstinence-based treatment in accordance with legal mandates) as its foundation for the treatment of substance use disorders.

Treatment will include individual and group counseling based on client needs and preferences. The Outreach Specialist will be a self-starter, able to use lived experience working with persons in or seeking recovery from substance use issues. The candidate must be a Certified Recovery Peer Advocate (CRPA) and will work as a fully integrated team member providing peer recovery support to individuals in the outpatient clinic setting and in the community.The Outreach Specialist reports to the Program Director and is responsible forsupporting the clinical team to ensure consistent engagement and support inmultiple aspects of clinical services.

Minimum Requirements



Primary: Assist peer participants in the development of a personal self-directed recovery plan Work with clients to identify strengths Link clients to formal recovery supports Assist with the review and discussion of the client’s treatment plan during weekly clinical meeting Provideclientswith information on existing community supports and services Model coping skills Assistclientwith applying for benefits Accompanyclientsto medical appointmentsand other identified high-need appointments Provide non-clinical crisis support, especially after periods of hospitalization or incarceration

Educate program participants about various pathways to recovery Provide travel training to use public transportation independently Identify and support linkages to community resources that support theclient’sgoals and interests Support clinical staff with outreach calls and visits to help facilitate consistentengagement Document in the Electronic Health Records (EHR) services provided to clients Remains aware ofall clinical documentationpolicies thatensure comprehensive client care in order to meet the regulatory agencies’ guidelines.

Participates in all programmatic meetings and trainings. Participatesin agency wide continuous quality improvement activities aimed at improving health outcomes for program participants Maintains HIPAA confidentiality standards Supports and participates in advocacy efforts to end the twin crises of homelessness and AIDS. Secondary: Provide support to clients in the community by visiting homes, accompanying to identified appointments Assist with programmatic administrative duties Performs other duties as assigned by Program Director and/or Director of OASAS services.

Educational Requirements

High School Diploma/GED NYS Certified Recovery Peer Advocate (CRPA) or provisional CRPA 2 years of work or volunteer experience in a recovery-oriented setting

Housing Works provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements. Housing Works complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.