Mental Health Peer Specialist / ThriveAtWork

Fri, Apr 21st, 2017

Community Access

Community Access’ new ThriveAtWork Peer Training will prepare hundreds of New Yorkers for peer specialist certification, while supporting trainees to pursue meaningful careers in the mental health workforce. Community Access  has been at the forefront of peer workforce development for more than 30 years – and our Howie the Harp Advocacy Center in Harlem is recognized nationally as the gold standard in job training for people with mental health concerns.

Building on these strong foundations, and in collaboration with Services for the UnderServed (SUS), ThriveAtWork is a free training program that will support hundreds of peers (individuals who have used mental health services or supports) to get jobs within Human Services. This training is a key component of ThriveNYC, a comprehensive mental health plan for New York City launched by the Mayor’s Office and supported by the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.


ThriveAtWork welcomes participants with a broad range of personal and professional backgrounds. Trainings are free, have flexible schedules, and are tailored to meet the varied backgrounds of applicants.

We offer training for New Yorkers who have:

  • Used mental health services or supports and are interested in a meaningful career using their experiences to help others
  • Graduated from Howie the Harp and other peer trainings, who want help pursuing NYS Peer Specialist Certification
  • Worked as a Peer Specialist and want training to support NYS Peer Specialist Certification or career development


We seek applicants with diverse experiences and backgrounds. People with mental health conditions who also have co-experiences such as a history of incarceration, substance use, homelessness, military service, identify as LGBT, and/or identify with a racially or ethnically marginalized group, are strongly encouraged to apply. We are also eager to work with individuals who speak multiple languages, to help meet the growing demand for multilingual peer specialists in the behavioral health workforce. Trainees who speak Spanish, Mandarin, and Cantonese are in particularly high demand.

To apply, you must (at a minimum):

  • Have a mental health diagnosis
  • Have earned a High School diploma (or GED/TASC equivalent)
  • Be a resident of New York City

To apply, download and complete this application form and send it as an attachment to

ThriveAtWork Application Form
There are six training cycles per year | Applications accepted on an ongoing basis

Next classes are scheduled to begins soon.


If you have difficulty downloading or completing the application, or if you have other related questions, please contact:

Clinton Green
Program Manager, ThriveAtWork
212-780-1400, ext. 7700