Northwell Health Lead Peer Advocate in Glen Oaks, New York

Req Number 001VGY

Job Category Mental Health

Job Description

As a Lead Peer Advocate you will lead and guide Peer Counselors in performance of duties. You will engage and provide peer support to behavioral health consumers. You will serve as a role model in maximizing wellness and independence. You will collaborate with clinical and non-clinical team members to ensure culture of support is reflected in member’s treatment.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Leads and guides Peer Counselors in performance of duties.

  • Participates in orientation and assists with ongoing training of Peer Counselors.

  • Handles and/or acts as a resource on Peer Counseling resources.

  • Provides experiential insight into skills to promote and maintain wellness and recovery.

  • Provides orientation to behavioral health consumers, including orientation to programs, service providers, and community resources.

  • Encourages members, family members and caregivers to use program resources to maximize wellness and independence. Conducts outreach to members missing appointments to reinforce engagement.

  • Assist members in carrying out tasks as defined in their treatment plans.

  • Attends and participates in various appointments/meetings to support and advocate for member, as required.

  • Understands and addresses related cultural attitudes and practices.

  • Reports on member’s progress relative to experience in community settings to clinical team members. Refers appropriate questions and issues to clinical and non-clinical team members.

  • Travel to member homes to provide peer-level support


  • High School Diploma or equivalent, required.

  • Successful completion of Site training program within normal probationary period, required.

  • Minimum of one (1) year active participation in related self-help program, required. Current or former Group Health member, preferred. OR Minimum of two (2) years employment providing peer services to mental health consumers.

  • Demonstrated support skills and enthusiasm for assisting medically underserved populations.

  • Ability to communicate effectively. Bilingual, preferred.

  • Reliable access to transportation and telephone, required.