Peer Specialist - Manhattan Supervised Release Program

  • New York, NY
  • Full-time

Company Description

The mission of CASES is to increase public safety through innovative services that reduce crime and incarceration, improve behavioral health, promote recovery and rehabilitation, and create opportunities for success in the community.

  • We are committed to helping people—regardless of their past choices, present struggles, or future obstacles—to build the capacity and courage to change their lives.
  • We tailor our services to each individual’s unique needs, risks, and strengths and believe the most effective programs are evidence-based, family-focused, and trauma-informed.
  • We are committed to engaging the community by leveraging partnerships and resources to maximize our clients’ opportunities for success.

Our team:

We recognize that each CASES staff member is critical. We are a team strengthened by our diversity of backgrounds, perspectives, and talents and united by a common purpose.

We are determined to continuously enhance our knowledge and skills, evaluate our results, and learn from our successes and failures.

Our impact on the community:

We believe public safety is best protected through alternatives to incarceration that combine accountability and support with empowerment and opportunity.

We are committed—through continuous innovation and the strategic disruption of ineffective responses to crime, addiction, and mental illness—to creating solutions for some of the city’s most difficult public safety and public health challenges

Job Description

Reports To: Team Leader

Overview: Manhattan Supervised Release provides bail supervision services to individuals arrested in Manhattan for misdemeanors and non-violent felonies. Supervised participants are mandated to comply with release reporting conditions in the community and may seek voluntary help with connection to behavioral health treatment and a variety of community-based supports and services. CASES seeks a Peer Specialist for its Supervised Release program pretrial community case management services. Rapidly after release into the program, the Peer Specialist uses motivational and peer support techniques to engage participants in successfully attending supervision reporting appointments and court appearances and minimizing recidivism risk throughout legal case pendency. As part of the pretrial team, the Peer Specialist assists with immediate needs assessments, service planning, and linkage/escort to community-based resources/services as needed with each participant. The Peer also works to engage participants in voluntary case management services with the program as clinically appropriate. The Peer Specialist provides services within the framework of the core principles of recovery, self-determination and public safety. This position is based out of the Manhattan Courts but also requires travel to CASES Harlem office location as well as field work in the larger NYC community as needed to assist participants.


• Provide services using motivational interviewing and peer support to participants with behavioral health needs, substance use problems, mental illness, trauma histories, and extensive involvement in the criminal justice system;

• Provide supervision and community-based services to a caseload of participants;

• Rapidly (within 24-48 hours of release) assist pretrial team in immediate needs assessments, supervision track assignment, and service planning process; 

• Use motivational interviewing and peer counseling/support techniques to engage participants to complete all supervision appointments, court appearances, and to support linkage to community-based treatment and other support services as needed 

• Review legal and court screening documentation and work with participants to analyze their offending behavior patterns, identifying behavioral changes, need for implementation of supports that may reduce likelihood of any pretrial arrests;

• Assist participants in identifying immediate goals (housing, family, income support, vocational, employment, care coordination, social, cultural and recreational) and resources in the community that can support goals;

• Conduct outreach visits in the community as needed to engage participants in fulfilling mandated supervision requirements;

• Respond to crisis situations as needed

• Follow program community-based monitoring protocols for high risk and high need program participants and request/participate in case reviews with team to addresses complex cases;

• Enter assessment, supervision/court appointment reporting, progress note documentation into program database; conduct all electronic charting activities and reporting in accordance with confidentiality regulations and in a timely fashion;

• Meet monthly supervision, case management contact and outreach goals as established by supervisory staff;

• Provide all services in a manner that is strengths-based, gender-responsive, trauma-informed, and that adheres to the core principles of risk-need-responsivity;

• Provide culturally competent services in accordance with CASES policies and practice;

• Any other duties as required by the Program Director and supervisory staff


•Graduate 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;

•High school degree with related work experience;

•Previous experience working in human services with individuals with substance use disorders, co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders and involvement in the criminal justice system preferred;  

•Strong knowledge of wellness, recovery and self-help;

•Proficiency with computer and databases; 

•Spanish speaking a plus

Salary: Competitive Salary, full time 35-hour week with excellent benefits

Additional Information

In one document, attach your cover letter and resume in PDF or Word format. No phone calls please. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.

CASES is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment with CASES is based solely on qualifications and competence for a particular position, without regard to race, color, ethnic or national origin, age, religion, creed, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or marital, military, or citizenship status. We also actively recruit individuals with prior involvement in the criminal justice system.Your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.