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STRAWW Recovery Guide

Directions in Independent Living, Inc.
Olean, NY


Olean, NY

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  • Dental insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Retirement plan
  • Vision insurance

Full job description

Essential Function

The position of the Recovery Guide is a full-time position that is assess, refer, and link

individuals with mental illness or other disabilities to services and activities that will integrate the individual

into the community and ignite their “spark of life.” The Recovery Guide will have a working knowledge of

the resources in the community to meet the individuals needs. These positions are designed to assists

individuals in finding their “spark of life” through social and recreational activities that will lead someone

to volunteer work, education, or a job.

Principal Activities

Attend monthly agency staff and training meetings.

Completion of Academy of Peer Services

Provide advocacy services according to recipients expressed need and housing options policy and procedures

Assist with referral and linkages to community support services and programs.

Provide transportation as appropriate to recipients’ needs, while teaching and showing them alternative options.

Chart and file all documentation in a timely manner

Work in cooperation with other services providers.

Displays a positive, cooperative attitude toward assignments and requirements.

Shows the ability to work independently

Attends and participates in a county or state planning groups and training sessions.

Can be creative in facilitating new ideas.

Fills in for staff that may be on vacation or out sick, as assigned.

Assists consumer with accessing benefits and entitlements such as public assistance and SSI/SSD

Assists consumer in becoming empowered and reducing their need for services.

As assigned, facilitates trainings and/or self-help groups in the community.

Working within a team that consists of staff members from other agencies.

Organize and facilitate social and recreational activities within the community of Allegany, Cattaraugus, and Chautauqua Counties.

Be extremely flexible with working hours.

Able to provide access to community resources, have advocacy skills, and benefits advisement

Be able to guide individuals and follow up with them with community activities and finding their “spark of life.”

Ability to work independently

Demonstrate knowledge of fundamental record keeping and understand confidentiality laws

Job Qualifications**

College degree preferred or related experience dealing with disability related issues

Experience in a human service environment

Completion of a Peer Advocacy Training Program

Experience as a mental health service recipient, is desired.

A valid driver’s license with own transportation

Behavioral Competencies

Shows Compassion


Communication – Verbal

Listening Skills

Motivating Others

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $17.50 per hour

Expected hours: 35 per week


  • Dental insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Retirement plan
  • Vision insurance


  • Monday to Friday


  • Human Services: 2 years (Preferred)


  • Peer Certification (Preferred)
  • Driver's License (Required)

Work Location: On the road