Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc. (FREE) founded in 1977 and headquartered in Old Bethpage, benefits and proudly supports more than 4,000 individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities, mental illness and traumatic brain injury. It is the mission of FREE to help individuals of all abilities realize their full potential. FREE provides a diverse array of supports and services including: housing, recovery services, transition to work, employment, day, community and family services, respite, crisis services, education and after-school support, primary and specialty health care and advocacy.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.
Under the supervision of the Program Supervisor, the Peer Support Specialist is responsible for mentoring individuals diagnosed with mental illness to develop personal and meaningful independent living goals that will help fully integrate them into their local communities. The Peer Support Specialists will assist these individuals in developing the skills to better manage their psychiatric symptoms, maintain stability, and move forward in recovery. The Peer Support Specialist provides training and supports in independent living skills, including how to be responsible tenants and maintain psychiatric stability.
Peer Support Specialists will also support individuals receiving services in transitioning from one setting to another (“bridging”). As such, they must be able to utilize experiential knowledge of mental health and mental health services to serve as role models and coach others to enhance their self-confidence, self-responsibility, personal growth, and independence.