Department of Health and Mental Hygiene- NYC Peer Corps

In 2021, NYC overdose deaths totaled 2,062 (provisional data). Every three hours, someone dies of a drug overdose in New York City. More New Yorkers die of drug overdoses than homicides, suicides and motor vehicle crashes combined. The Peer Corps initiative was developed in response to the rising number of overdose deaths. The DOHMH, in partnership with other city agencies and nonprofits, recruits and mobilizes community members with lived experience in substance use and recovery (peers) bring life-saving services to marginalized populations through NYC. Peer Corps members dedicate ten and a half months to fulfilling the Peer Corps dual mission of saving lives and uplifting peers through service. In response to the COVID-19 public health crisis, Peer Corps Members will be expected to serve using a hybrid model including both in-person (on-site) and remote (via computer) service.

Eligibility for the Peer Corps program will be based on:
– High school diploma or equivalent by December 12, 2022
– Ability to work 28 hours per week
– Direct or indirect lived experience with:
▫ Substance use, homelessness and/or the New York City shelter system
▫ Mental health service and treatment systems
– Basic knowledge and familiarity of Google applications (i.e. – G-Suite) and Microsoft Office
– Moderate written and verbal communication skills
– Strong interpersonal skills
– Bilingual, Spanish & English preferred (not required)
– CRPA or CARC preferred (not required)

Peer Corps Benefits:
All members are provided the following:
– Student loan forbearance or deferment on eligible loans while in service, if eligible
– Monthly professional development as well as periodic career coaching activities
– Unlimited monthly MetroCard
– Experience working in city government and with NYC nonprofit organizations
– Various professional networking opportunities
– Valuable resume-building experience
– President’s Volunteer Service Award, if eligible
– Service hours are applicable to peer credentialing (i.e. – CRPA-P practice hours)

The deadline for the application and submission of materials is Thursday, October 6th, 2022 at 11:59PM. If you have any questions, please feel free to email the Leadership Team at [email protected]

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