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Independent Living, Inc. Your Choice. Your Life.

Independent Living, Inc., a progressive and dynamic cross-disability services organization and a leader in the provision of peer services in the Hudson Valley region is seeking to hire a Peer Recovery Specialist at the Onward Recovery RCOC in Newburgh. The Peer Recovery Specialist is proactively engaging families and individuals on how to access and navigate the substance use treatment system while providing support to the participants and their families. The Peer Recovery Specialist will act as a role model/mentor to participants by assisting individuals to self-advocate and coordinate their own services. Certified Recovery Peer Advocate (CRPA) is preferred.

Persons with disabilities encouraged to apply.



  • Support participants and families, both individually and in small groups, with the following activities:
    • Help participants create individual recovery service plans based on recovery goals and steps to achieve those goals.
    • Use recovery-oriented tools to help participants address challenges.
    • Assist participants to build their own self-directed wellness plans.
    • Assist participants to access benefits, entitlements, legal assistance, civic restoration, transportation support, health management, stable housing, and education and employment connections.
  • Engage in individual advocacy by assisting participants with substance use disorders in protecting and promoting their rights, resolving complaints, accessing services and navigating community supports of their choice.
  • Engage in systems advocacy by representing the concerns of consumers with substance abuse disorders through the identification of patterns of problems and complaints and working with program or system administrators to resolve or eliminate these systemic problems.
  • Facilitate and support the development of an integrated support network for individuals which includes but is not limited to case management, benefits advisement, supported housing, self-help, employment and educational services, in addition to other community supports individuals may wish to access.
  • Other duties as assigned or required by the needs of the position.



  • Honesty, respect for diversity, high personal standards, language and behaviors reflecting such values and the Independent Living philosophy.
  • Demonstrated ability to recognize the need for and facilitate connections between consumers and IL and other disability related services.
  • Knowledge of local, statewide and national disability related issues and community dynamics.
  • Working knowledge of confidentiality requirements related to records pertaining to Mental Health and Chemical Dependency laws.
  • Excellent written and verbal presentation skills.
  • Must have good time management skills and be self-directing.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and have reliable transportation.



  • CRPA (Certified Recovery Peer Advocate) preferred.
  • Must have lived experience with substance use recovery either personally or through a family member or friend who has gone through recovery and be comfortable with self-disclosure as needed.
  • High School diploma/equivalent plus equivalent years of experience (Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services, preferred but not needed) plus two years of peer coaching or advocacy experience.
  • Must complete approved advocacy training programs within the first six months of employment.
  • NYCPS (New York Certified Peer Specialist) certification desirable.


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