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Youth Peer Advocate


Summary of Position Function

Provide peer support to individuals with behavioral health issues who are enrolled in Spectrum Human Services’ CCBHC who are between the ages of 16 and 30.

Proof of COVID-19 vaccine required.  Requests for reasonable accommodations will be considered    

Education Requirements

  • Must possess a Youth Peer Advocate Credential or be in process
  • OMH Certified Peer Specialist Credential or
  • OASAS Certified Peer Advocate Credential or
  • Certified Addiction Recovery Coach Credential


  • Preferred one (1) year work-related experience

Must possess a valid Driver’s License and a reliable vehicle with an acceptable driving record

Must be current or former recipient of behavioral health services 

Be between the ages of 18 and 30

Interested in this position?

Major Duties & Responsibilities

  • Knowledge and demonstration of agency core values in day-to-day activities
  • Advocacy
  • Outreach and Engagement
  • Self Help Tools; Models, Compiles and maintains list of community supports for youth.
  • Youth Peer Recovery Supports and Youth Peer Counseling
  • Pre-Crisis and Crisis Support Services
  • Engagement, Peer Bridge Services, and Services to Assist Individuals transitioning between service systems or between residential or Inpatient Settings to the Community
  • Models and Teaches Self-Advocacy, Self-Efficacy, and Empowerment
  • Builds and maintains community connections and encourages utilization of Natural Supports
  • Assist transition youth and young adults with goals of Independent Living Skills
  • Be a positive role model especially in sharing one’s own recovery from behavioral health issues
  • Assist individuals in obtaining their goals as written in their Individualized Action Plans
  • Ability to utilize electronic data systems (i.e. electronic records and computers)
  • Assist individuals in developing WRAP plan
  • Coordinate Youth focused community events
  • Any other duties deemed necessary by supervisor


  • Proficient in the use of computer software such as MSWord, Excel, Power Point, Desktop Publishing, Outlook, etc.
  • Ability to engage and connect with individuals who have a behavioral health disorder and or their families
  • Ability to develop a WRAP and or Wellness Management and Recovery
  • Ability to demonstrate sensitivity and supportive approach to the needs of others.
  • Sound, independent decision-making ability.
  • Flexibility with schedule to include evening hours and weekends.
  • Possess a Team-First Attitude

Interested in this position?

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