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Peer Specialist (Full Time)



Reports To: Director
Overview: Manhattan START is a brief intervention alternative sentencing program for adults at risk of incarceration convicted of misdemeanor crimes in Manhattan Criminal Court. The peer specialist provides services in the daytime custody services located in the Manhattan Detention Complex. The Manhattan START daytime services support men diverted from the Manhattan Criminal Court who are at high risk for criminal recidivism. Working with the social workers and resource coordinator in daytime custody serve men participating in the 3-day and 5-day program tracks. The peer facilitates groups using standard curriculum, provides individual rehabilitation support to engages male participants in brief intervention substance use services, cognitive behavioral groups, peer support, employment and vocational training needs in community resources. The peer provides services within the framework of the core principles of recovery, self-determination and public safety.

• Provide services using motivational interviewing and peer support to adults with behavioral health needs, substance use problems, mental illness, trauma histories, and extensive involvement in the criminal justice system;
• Assess participant immediate needs, legal circumstances, and engagement needs to develop service plans and deliver appropriate short-term and referral services
• Assist participants in identifying immediate goals (housing, family, income support, vocational, employment, social, cultural and recreational) and resources in the community that can support goals;
• Run structured groups using curriculum according to program schedule
• Address criminal recidivism risk factors through targeted CBT groups, case management and problem-solving peer support sessions
• Act as advocate and liaison for participants in securing needed community services and supports
• Provide individual supportive peer coaching as needed
• Respond to crisis situations as needed
• Involve family, significant others, and treatment providers in service provision
• Complete assessments, progress notes, and significant data
• Provide culturally competent services in accordance with CASES policies and practice
• Link participants to treatment, self-help, and community resources
• Attend and prepare for supervision sessions
• Provide services within harm reduction framework using motivational interviewing techniques
• Any other duties as required by supervisory staff


• Graduates of recognized peer specialist training program such as the Howie the Harp Peer Advocacy and Training Center Forensic Peer Specialist Program are strongly encouraged to apply
• Previous case management experience with people with serious mental illness preferred
• High school degree with related work experience
• Strong knowledge of wellness, recovery and self-help.
• Effective communication and written skills are essential
• Proficiency with computer and databases
• Bilingual skills in Spanish preferred.
• Driver’s license is highly preferred

Benefits: Here at CASES we offer benefits that will assist you in making the most of your career and your life. Our programs include health and wellness insurance which is offered through Aetna. A retirement 403(b) plan is held with Principal, education, and training. Additionally, our portable ancillary benefits are offered through Aflac, Legal Shield, and ADP Flexible spending account; which is then deducted through payroll along with commuter benefits, additional short-term disability, cancer, additional income protection, hospitalization coverage, and identity theft protection.


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Posted on 11/30/17; CVMHA ID #11619