Peers: Resources, Support and Jobs for Peers

Peers and those interested in becoming certified as peers have a variety of local support services available, including information about technical assistance and job opportunities.

Information and Assistance for Peers

Resources

Certification

  • Youth Power!: This New York State network provides information on credentialing, training opportunities, events, workforce development and more resources for youth peer advocates.

  • Families Together in New York State: Information about credentialing and training opportunities for Family Peer Advocates.

  • NY Peer Specialists: Provides information about how to become a peer specialist and how to renew your certification.

  • Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor: New York State provides information to those seeking to become a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor.

Support, Training and Conferences

  • NYC Peer Workforce Coalition: The coalition holds leadership committee meetings, the annual Peer Workforce Summit, career fairs, professional development trainings and other events hosted by peers and for peers.

  • Peers for Progress: This global network of peer support organizations works to connect peer organizations to each other with the goal of sharing best practices, learning from each other’s innovation and working collaboratively to advocate for the value of peer support.

  • Peer Network of New York: This group meets monthly to support the work of peers at harm reduction agencies across NYC through education and training, citywide networking and advocacy for harm reduction principles. To learn more, including how to attend a meeting, email peernetworks@health.nyc.gov.

  • Howie the Harp Advocacy Center: This is a training program for peer providers who work in human services.

  • NY Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services: This is a statewide coalition of people who use or provide recovery-oriented, community-based mental health services. Learn more about the work they do, their annual conference and how to become a member.

  • Friends of Recovery — New York: This group offers trainings to peer professionals, treatment providers, prevention specialists and anyone else interested in addiction and recovery.

  • Children’s Mental Health Research and Policy Conference: Attendees to this conference work to expand research and scholarship for service systems for children and youth with mental health challenges and their families.

  • Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health Annual Conference: This conference focuses on issues that impact children, youth and young adults with behavioral health challenges and their families.

  • Families Together of New York State Annual Conference: This conference will discuss the many challenges and opportunities facing children, youth and families as health and behavioral health services continue to move toward an integrated system of care.

Job Opportunities

  • Academy of Peer Services Virtual Learning Community: Find peers for hire and job opportunities for peers throughout New York State.

  • Coalition for Behavioral Health: Find job opportunities for behavioral health specialists, including peers.

  • Peer Corps: The Peer Corps Initiative was created in response to the rising number of overdose deaths. The Health Department, in partnership with other City agencies and NYC non-profit organizations, recruits peers to bring life-saving services to marginalized populations throughout NYC. For more information, email peercorps@health.nyc.gov.

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