Review Vacancy

Date Posted: 02/05/24
Applications Due: 07/10/24
Vacancy ID: 150095

Position Information


AgencyMental Health, Office of

TitleCertified Peer Specialist 2, Buffalo Psychiatric Center, P24399

Occupational CategoryHealth Care, Human/Social Services

Salary Grade14

Bargaining UnitISU - Institutional Services Unit (CSEA)

Salary RangeFrom $54860 to $66634 Annually

Employment Type Full-Time

Appointment Type Permanent

Jurisdictional Class Non-competitive Class

Travel Percentage 0%


Workweek Mon-Fri

Hours Per Week 40


From 6 AM

To 6 PM

Flextime allowed? No

Mandatory overtime? No

Compressed workweek allowed? No

Telecommuting allowed? No


County Erie

Street Address Buffalo Psychiatric Center

400 Forest Avenue

City Buffalo


Zip Code14213

Job Specifics

Minimum Qualifications Non-Competitive: current certification as an NYCPS by the NYPSCB and two years of post-certification experience as an NYCPS.

Duties Description As a Certified Peer Specialist 2 you Serves as a role model and provides advocacy and support services to individuals. • Assists individuals in identifying, developing, and practicing personalized coping and crisis management skills to deal with their psychiatric symptoms. • Interacts with individuals as a peer and shares common experiences; and assists individuals in identifying areas in which they need support. • Organizes and facilitates self-help groups and activities; teaches self-help techniques and group process skills; and facilitates the establishment of peer, natural, and social support networks. • Helps individuals carry out tasks defined in their treatment plans, and actively participate in their treatment planning process. • Instructs and assists individuals in identifying or clarifying rehabilitation and recovery goals, and in developing daily living, educational, social, vocational, and other skills for empowerment and successful community living. • Assists individuals in understanding and obtaining access to available community resources and benefits; provides information; and links individuals to essential supports, such as legal, housing, education, medical, and financial services. • Advocates for the needs of individuals; and provides education and training on their perspectives to other mental health and human service providers.

May mentor and train non-certified Peer Specialists. Certified Peer Specialist 2 In addition to performing any of the above duties, performs the full range of supervisory duties for lower-level Peer Specialists; plans, develops, implements, and evaluates peer programs and services; and serves as the discipline head for Peer Services.

Additional Comments All OMH employees receive a generous benefits package including:
• NYS medical, dental, & vision insurance
• Access to tuition assistance programs
• Excellent opportunities for advancement & professional growth
• Paid time off – 13 paid vacation days in the first year, 5 paid personal days, 13 paid holidays, & paid sick leave
• NYS Retirement programs

Background checks will be required.

Some positions may require additional credentials or a background check to verify your identity.

Contact Information

Name Human Resources


Fax 716-816-2554

Email Address


Street Buffalo Psychiatric Center

400 Forest Avenue

City Buffalo

State NY

Zip Code 14213


Notes on ApplyingIndicate the Title and Location of the position you are applying for. Please complete the Office of Mental Health Employment Application and submit it with your other application materials.

The Mission of the New York State Office of Mental Health is to promote the mental health of all New Yorkers, with a focus on providing hope and supporting recovery for adults with serious mental illness and children with serious emotional disturbances. Applicants with lived mental health experience are encouraged to apply. OMH is deeply committed to supporting underserved individuals, organizations, and communities. To this end, OMH is focused on implementing activities and initiatives to reduce disparities in access, quality, and treatment outcomes for underserved populations. A critical component of these efforts is ensuring OMH is a diverse and inclusive workplace where all employees' unique attributes and skills are valued and utilized to support the mission of the Agency. OMH is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.