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Peer Specialist - Forensic Assertive Community Treatment (FACT) Team



Reports to: Team Leader

Location: Manhattan and Brooklyn

Overview: The FACT teams provide mobile community based mental health treatment to promote the recovery and community integration of individuals with serious mental illnesses, high rates of co-occurring substance use disorders and histories of criminal justice involvement. The FACT team serves consumers on parole, probation, returning to the community from jails and prisons, participating in alternative-to-incarceration and treatment court services and those with histories of high-risk and violent behavior. The team provides 80% of its treatment services in community locations. Peer staff use their lived experience of recovery from mental illness and/or substance use to provide direct services to consumers in the community. Peer services include intentional peer support advocacy, engagement, self-help, recovery supports, pre-crisis and crisis supports and transitional supports for consumers leaving hospitals, jails and prisons. Using a person-centered approach to engagement, mental illness, recovery and histories of criminal justice involvement, supports consumers to live safely in the community and develop wellness plans and supportive healthy community networks. Specific responsibilities include:


• Complete Wellness Recovery Action Plans WRAP, safety, crisis intervention and relapse prevention plans
• Identify the treatment services consumers should receive based on severity of stage of change, immediate needs and recommend treatment objectives for the consumer’s treatment plan
• Assess and provide services to consumers to address housing, income support, education and vocational training, social supports, employment, and primary care needs
• Recommend treatment objectives for the consumer’s service plan
• During the assessment obtains information: a) to establish the degree risk for poor self-care, social relations and associated harmful behaviors, and interventions required to promote progress towards recovery, and b) lead the FACT team in daily meetings and weekly clinical meetings around peer support needs and incorporate findings into service plans
• Use motivational interviewing, recovery and trauma-informed approaches when delivering peer services
• Involve family and significant others in the consumer’s treatment with the FACT team
• Complete progress notes within 24-hours of delivering a service and ensure progress notes are available to be read in the daily organizational meeting
• Provide individual peer support and wellness counseling, harm reduction counseling based on motivational interviewing
• Work effectively with the consumer’s support system, and self-help groups providing services to FACT consumers.
• Link consumes to peer support and self-help recovery resources
• Achieve the minimum required face to face service contacts in the community each month.
• Act as advocate and liaison for consumers in income support and access to resources to support service plan goals
• Provide 24-hour crisis intervention on-call services on rotating basis
• Provide 80 percent of treatment contacts in the community
• Provide culturally competent services in accordance with CASES policies and practice


• Eligible to obtain Peer Certification
• At least 2 years of work experience providing peer support to individuals with serious mental illness and criminal justice involvement
• Graduate of a recognized peer specialist training program such as the Howie the Harp Peer Advocacy and Training Center Peer Specialist Program
• High school diploma
• Lived experience using mental health treatment and/or substance use treatment services
• Individuals with previous criminal justice experience are eligible
• Proficiency with computer and electronic health records
• Spanish speaking a plus.

Salary: Commensurate with experience. 35-hour week with excellent benefits.

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 06/19/18; CVMHA ID #12150