Date Posted: 12/1/2020

Location: Rochester, NY and surrounding counties.

Title: Peer Specialist 

Job Summary:

The Peer Specialist will assist individuals transitioning from institutional settings to the community.  The Peer Specialist will contact referred consumers and provide information and assistance to individuals who are interested in transitioning back into the community.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Accept referrals from Transition Team and follow through with the process of guiding interested individuals in institutions to transition into the community. This includes: contact the consumer to arrange a face-to-face meeting within ten business days of receiving the referral, offer objective information on home-based and community based services available to residents who are considering transition back to the community, share personal experiences as appropriate, provide support, answer questions and concerns, and develop a plan for follow up.
  • If consumer agrees to a referral to the Transition Center, complete referral information within two business days of face-to-face visit and contact the Transition Team.
  • Follow-up with residents during and after their transition to homes and community based settings and help facilitate service delivery.
  • Maintain relationships with discharge planners, transition advocates, social workers, administrators, nurses and other professionals at local facilities to encourage referrals.
  • Assist in developing written materials for nursing home residents and his/her legal guardian.
  • Regularly communicate with residents and write brief progress notes for the Transition
  • Identify and provide information on barriers that impede transition from institutions to community living and suggest next steps in resolving them.
  • Inform the Transition Team of all the barriers and challenges experienced during meeting with residents, as well as in dealing with discharge planners or other nursing home personnel.
  • Attends Agency's in-service training and unit meetings as well as any other agency-related activities.
  • The MFP program covers several counties; therefore the Peer Specialist should be willing and able to travel.
  • Perform other program-related duties as assigned.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Good communication skills; ability to actively listen and to share personal reflections about your own experience, when appropriate
  • Knowledge of community resources that facilitate transition from institutional to community living
  • Good computer skills
  • Ability to do research and provide objective information.
  • Ability to work independently, as well as take directions.
  • Ability to complete paperwork in a timely manner.
  • Respectful and comfortable with persons from different cultural and socio-economic backgrounds.
  • Successful completion of the mandatory peer training.

Education and Work Experience

  • Have experience with utilizing home and community based services for people with disabilities and seniors or have experience in nursing home placement.
  • Good understanding of homecare and community based services.
  • Personal experience with a disability; specific experience with transition from nursing home to community preferred.

Essential Functions/Physical Requirements:

The duties are representative of the essential functions of this position. Operational flexibility is required to meet sudden and unpredictable needs. Reliable transportation is needed, as travel is required of the position.

Is there any reason you are unable to fulfill the duties of this position with or without reasonable accommodations?

The Center for Disability Rights strives to be a consumer-controlled, cross-disability organization that is reflective of the community it serves.  CDR values diversity and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, cultural or ethnic group membership, disability status, education level, family status, gender, income, national origin, race, religion, or sexual orientation.  People with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.  CDR will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities

The Center for Disability Rights, Inc is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

All reasonable accommodations will be made.

The Center for Disability Rights works for the full integration, independence, and civil rights of people with disabilities. It is vitally important to the mission of the organization that all employees understand, accept, and practice the values of the organization in the conduct of their work.

Successful candidates will demonstrate a commitment to and / or the belief in the civil right of persons with disabilities to live in the most integrated setting possible.


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