Certified Recovery Peer Advocate (CRPA)

Primary Responsibilities include:

  • Engage people in strengths-based, trauma-informed peer support at the very beginning stages of their individual recovery plans, primarily in a hospital emergency room setting.
  • Demonstrate active listening, respectful motivational interviewing, and treatment of people as the strongest resource in their own recovery.
  • Educate individuals about the reality and process of recovery, including options for treatment, harm reduction, and safety.
  • Provide systems advocacy and guidance to individuals as they navigate the substance use disorder treatment system.
  • Provide warm handoffs to treatment providers and/or recovery support services and other community resources.
  • Effectively communicate with family, SHERPA Family Peers, hospital staff, and substance use treatment providers and community supports.
  • Document service utilization and outcomes with respect and confidentiality.

Qualifications and Requirements include:

  • High school diploma required. Undergraduate degree a plus.
  • Completion of Recovery Coach Training Academy (46 hours).
  • NYS Certified Recovery Peer Advocate (CRPA or CRPA-Provisional) certification
  • At least 2 years working in substance use and recovery services as a provider or service recipient required
  • Intermediate skills, including Microsoft Office. (including Word, Outlook and Excel)
  • Valid NYS driver's license with a safe and responsible driving history and a vehicle that is properly registered and insured in accordance with NYS DMV regulations.


  • 35 hours per week, some evenings and weekends may be required.

Benefits include:

  • Medical, Dental, Life STD/LTD Insurance. Employer contributed Pension (403b).  Accessibility to other voluntary benefits (Cancer Care, TDA, etc.)
  • 10 vacation days, 12 sick days, 4 personal days, 11 Agency holidays and 2 floating holidays per year.