Peer Advocate - Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) – MHPC


TITLE: Peer Advocate — Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) — MHPC

DESCRIPTION: Provide services to the most chronic, severely mentally ill consumers to maximize their potential of living in the community. Educate traditional mental health providers.


  1. Provide information and referral to patients and their families on services and supports available in the hospital and the community to prevent re-hospitalization and to provide support to the patients
  2. Conduct Peer Support Groups which cover topics concerning finding healthy supports outside of the hospital, advocacy, empowerment, and recovery from mental illness.
  3. Act as a liaison between the hospital and behavioral health patients for better understanding of the treatment received to patients while in the hospital.
  4. Be a part of treatment team meetings, providing the specific patient’s point of view and act as an advocate for current patients.
  5. Be a part of patient discharge planning meetings to provide resources and supports for the patient upon discharge.
  6. Provide Independent Living Philosophy and recovery training to new ECMC Staff.
  7. Be an active participant in the Office of Mental Health Learning community that meets regularly at ECMC.
  8. Ensure that patients who desire to be linked to a Peer Advocate upon discharge are in fact linked for the purpose of having a smooth transition back into the community at large.
  9. Facilitate Consumer Advisory Committee meetings with former ECMC Behavioral Health patients and ECMC Staff.
  10. Accurately document consumer services and required paperwork in WNYIL’s SPR database, as well as the Consumer Service Record (CSR), within two (2) business days of the date of service.
  11. Support the development of serving a high needs population (Forensics, dual diagnosis) thereby providing a consumer perspective on the needs of these populations to hospital administrators in the development of services to meet this populations’ needs.
  12. Participate in maintaining a neat, clean and safe work environment.
  13. Perform any other duties as deemed legally and ethically necessary by the Supervisor.

SUPERVISION: Works under the direct supervision of the Director of Mental Health Peer Connection.

STANDARDS OF PERFORMANCE: Must at all times perform in a professional, conscientious and efficient manner for the purpose of ensuring a better quality of life for persons with disabilities.

QUALIFICATIONS: Must possess a Bachelor’s Degree in social work, rehabilitation counseling, psychology, or related human services field, and one (1) year work experience with disabled adults; or an Associate’s Degree in the above fields with two (2) years related experience; or a High School Diploma with four (4) years related experience. Within 6 months of being hired, must be certified as a NYS Certified Peer Specialist/Provisional. Professional and life experience may be considered in lieu of, in full or part of academic credentials. The applicant must also be a current or former consumer of mental health services.

Western New York Independent Living, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.
Reasonable accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities.
Western New York Independent Living, Inc. is a Scent Free organization.

SALARY RANGE: $31,000 - $34,000

CLOSING DATE: March 21, 2019


Tina Brown, CHRCO
WNY Independent Living, Inc.
3108 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14214