Crisis Respite Support Specialist

Syracuse, NY, USA Req #2731
Monday, April 22, 2024


We are currently searching for passionate and motivated Per Diem Crisis Respite Support Specialists to work in our Onondaga Crisis Respite Program.


Liberty Resources has 4 Crisis Respite locations with 3-8 beds in Syracuse, Oneida, Oswego, and Auburn. The respite homes are community based residential programs that provide a therapeutic environment for adults experiencing a mental health crisis. The program provides Peer Support Services utilizing individuals with a history of lived experience with mental health challenges and a willingness to share their story as well as Crisis Support Staff who have extensive experience in the field.  The staff provides services including but not limited to health and wellness coaching, reoccurrence prevention planning, wellness activities, family support, conflict resolution, and referrals and linkage services.  The goal is to stabilize crisis to support a guest’s safe return to their community and to provide preventive measures for reducing un-necessary emergency department visits and hospitalizations.

Our employees have passion around the services they provide and our corporate values of excellence and staff support. We pride ourselves on high quality, integrated, community-based services that meet the evolving needs of our communities. We’re committed to building a diverse workforce that values contributions of all team members and work to recognize cultural beliefs, values, traditions, language preferences, and health practices of the communities that we serve and how they apply to provision of positive health outcomes.


What We Offer:

Home like setting

Relaxed atmosphere

Variety of work hours

Mentorship/Entry level experience with ability for growth in the agency

Offers Peer Certification hours


Crisis Respite Support Specialist Position Summary:


The Short Term Crisis Respite Support Specialist provides support to individuals experiencing challenges in daily life that create risk for an escalation of symptoms that cannot be managed in the individual’s home and community environment. Through the use of the Need Adapted Treatment Model the Crisis Respite Counselor will provide guests health and wellness coaching, relapse prevention planning, wellness activities, family support, conflict resolution, and other services as needed.


Crisis Respite Support Specialist Job Responsibilities:


  • Teach individuals to look at crisis differently and utilize wellness tools to prevent future crises or to decrease the intensity of personal crisis.
  • Work closely with Health Homes, hospitals and treatment providers to develop an integrated plan of care including mental health, physical health, substance abuse services, and community supports necessary for individuals to succeed in the community.
  • Provide advocacy, supportive counseling and referral and linkage services for program guests as needed and as assigned by the Program Director.
  • Provide recovery oriented services incorporating Need Adapted Treatment and Motivational Interviewing.
  • Provide coverage for the program as reflected in staffing plan, including overnights as required.
  • Completes all required documentation, in timelines in accordance with program standards.


Crisis Respite Support Specialist Qualifications:


  • Work experience in a behavioral health or related setting, preferably using the recovery model.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age and have a High School Diploma or equivalent and 1-3 years of relevant experience working with individuals with Mental Health or Chemical Dependency disorders, or have a Bachelor’s Degree. 
  • Have professional experience with the mental health system.
  • Minimum of high school diploma or equivalent (GED).
  • A respect for and high level of comfort around people experiencing psychiatric crisis.
  • Ability to utilize critical thinking, problem-solving and de-escalation skills to assist with creating and maintaining an environment that promotes recovery.

Hours: evenings, weekends, and overnights 

Starting Rate: $16.64 per hour

Liberty Resources is committed to creating a diverse inclusive environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Liberty Resources offers equal employment opportunities to all persons without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, parental status, housing status, source of income or military status, in accordance with applicable federal, state and local EEO laws


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Liberty Resources is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Other details

  • Pay Type Hourly
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  • Syracuse, NY, USA