Peer Specialist – Forensic Assertive Community Treatment (FACT) Team

  • 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

Locations: Brooklyn & Manhattan

Reports to: Team Leader

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


•NYS OMH and/or OASAS Certified Peer Specialist, or Provisionally Certified, or eligible to obtain certification by December 2016.

•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.

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.