SAMHSA Buprenorphine Peer

Position Summary

This position is for Buprenorphine Peer will work with the SAMHSA Buprenorphine unit and is responsible for providing navigation support, benefits navigation, appointment reminders and support participant’s individualized mental health and Buprenorphine services. The Buprenorphine Peer will work alongside the SAMHSA Case Manager and Harm Reduction Mental Health Counselor to provide low threshold access to buprenorphine services to OnPoint NYC participants and community members. This position will work both in-house and via street-based outreach helping facilitate access to buprenorphine and individual counseling sessions as needed to address barriers with access to MAT and maintaining adherence. All activities are designed to be consistent with OnPoint NYC’s service model, which is based on educating and empowering individuals to advocate for themselves and make self-identified changes in their lives. The Peer Navigator will have experience with MAT and sustained recovery.

Reports to: Director of Clinical and Holistic Health 
Pay Rate: Hourly: $19.23 – $24.72
Position Type: Full Time
Hours Per Week: 35

  • Engage OnPoint NYC participants and community members who are seeking Buprenorphine information and treatment access.
  • Collaborate with OnPoint NYC’s Drug User Health HUB to identify and address participant barriers with maintaining adherence with buprenorphine treatment as prescribed.
  • Provide education and support to participants accessing MAT to encourage adherence with treatment as prescribed.
  • Assist clinical staff to provide reminders for scheduled appointments, provide escort and minimize barriers with access to Buprenorphine treatment .
  • Assist Buprenorphine Program with client engagement and tracking as assigned
  • Conduct community outreach events to promote Buprenorphine Program and services.
  • Follow-up on referrals and linkages to providers.
  • Assist with health insurance enrollment, changes, to maintain treatment adherence.
  • Keep accurate, consistent, complete and intelligible records and data on all the project activities and participants served.
  • Maintain a professional working relationship with the health care providers and community-based organizations providing services to participants, including the OnPoint NYC Health HUB Clinic providers on-site.
  • Advocate for OnPoint NYC participants and communities and help empower participants to advocate for themselves as well to receive the services that they need to be healthy. 
  • Conduct outreach to subway stations, encampments, and other hot spots to connect them to OnPoint NYC programs and services with a focus on initiating MAT.
  • Connect participants to onsite mental health services and into OnPoint NYC services.
  • Co-facilitate groups as needed, and connect participants into groups offered onsite reduction mental health program.
  • Perform other related tasks and responsibilities as assigned.
  • Must have knowledge with MAT, specifically Buprenorphine and sustained recovery.
  • Must be an organized, self-motivated, team-player, with strong interpersonal and communication skills, basic computer skills and the ability and willingness to engage in hands-on work and solve problems as they arise.
  • Significant life experience in the areas of drug use, particularly OUD and access to MAT.
  • Ability to work with diverse communities (multi-gender, -ethnic, -generation, -lingual, political) as well as enthusiasm working with individuals who are current substance users.
  • Strong ability to promote navigation services and connect participants to other services, including mental health, MAT, and other supportive services.
  • Must be familiar with and believe in a harm reduction philosophy.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Internet, and email correspondence.
  • Must be willing to work outdoors and at street sites (sometimes in inclement weather).  Hours may include nights and weekends.
  • Individuals from Northern Manhattan are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Bilingual (English and Spanish) is highly preferred.
Equal Opportunity Employer

OnPoint NYC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate relative to race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, medical status, or history of incarceration. Individuals who have personal experience with drug use, women, people of color, members of the LGBTQI+ community, disabled individuals, and the formerly incarcerated are strongly encouraged to apply.


Please submit a cover letter outlining your experience and/or interest in harm reduction, Spanish/English proficiency, and interest in the position in addition to your curriculum vitae/resume. Applicants without a cover letter will not be considered for the position.

Please save your files with your last and first name followed by document title (e.g. Smith J Resume, Smith J Cover Letter)

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