Peer Specialist, Bronx HOPE

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The Center for Court Innovation is a non-profit organization that works to create a more effective and humane justice system by performing original research and helping launch reforms by guiding justice innovators, nationally and internationally. The Center creates operating projects that have been documented to reduce the use of jail and prison, assist victims of crime, and strengthen communities.

Operating through Bronx Community Solutions (BCS), Bronx HOPE (Heroin Overdose Prevention Education) is a pre-arraignment diversion program being implemented in collaboration with the Bronx District Attorney’s Office, New York Police Department, Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, and several community-based health providers. The program provides meaningful engagement between arrest and arraignment to individuals in the Bronx issued a Desk Appearance Ticket (DAT) for possession of a controlled substance. This is an innovative, new effort to be smarter about policing and prosecuting addiction by responding to low-level possessions of controlled substances –especially opioids – with harm-reduction alternatives to conventional court proceedings that rely on jail or the threat of jail as the corrective measure.

Bronx Community Solutions is seeking a Peer Specialist to provide extensive outreach to program participants and treatment providers to help coordinate communication and mandated reporting. Reporting to the Program Coordinator, the Peer Specialist will work as a community-based peer outreach coach to inform and connect individuals to Bronx HOPE, provide and train how to use Narcan, coordinate the treatment referral process, and engage new participants to ensure successful case completion and recovery goals.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Collaborate closely with NYPD to respond to precinct-level arrests to meet with potential HOPE participants at Bronx Precincts;
  • Engage individuals who are arrested for controlled substance and motivate them to seek treatment, harm reduction, and/or recovery support assistance;
  • Coordinate and facilitate individual education that is responsive to the specific interests and needs of the individual, which may include a focus on treatment, harm reduction, and/or relapse prevention;
  • Contact and coordinate with the case management team to facilitate entry into Harm Reduction or substance abuse treatment based on the level of care determination;
  • Coordinate referrals and follow up with participants, as needed;
  • Provide crisis intervention and support to program participants, as needed;
  • Know how to properly administer and provide training on the use of Narcan;
  • Work with a diverse population in a mutually respectful manner, using a strengths-based approach;
  • Accurately and efficiently document client interactions;
  • Send electronic assessments and reports to the HOPE team in a timely and accurate fashion;
  • Attend team meetings, supervision, training, and perform other administrative duties, as required;
  • Additional relevant tasks, as needed.

Qualifications:  The ideal candidate will have a high school diploma and at least 2 years of relevant experience required. Certified Recovery Peer Advocate (CRPA) preferred. Candidate must have experience with and knowledge of integrated substance abuse assessment and treatment, motivational interviewing techniques, stage-wise treatment, and practices of harm reduction. Bilingual (English-Spanish) preferred. Additional requirements include:

  • Use lived experience and be comfortable serving as a role model of personal recovery to connect with members and support them in their goals;
  • Ability to communicate accurately, emphatically, and under time constraints;
  • Comfort working and collaborating with law enforcement; and
  • Experience using Microsoft Office programs, particularly Microsoft Word and Microsoft Outlook (for regular e-mail correspondence). 

Position Type:  Full-time, flexible hours and rotating weekend schedule. Bronx HOPE Program operates 24/7 – shift examples are 8:00 am-4:00 pm, 4:00 pm-12:00 am or 12:00 am-8:00 am.

Location:  Bronx, NY

Compensation:  Salary range starts at $40,000 and is commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package including comprehensive health, dental, and life insurance, four weeks paid vacation, paid sick time, TransitChek, Flexible Spending Account plans for health and dependent care, a 403(b) retirement plan, and a 401(k) retirement plan with a generous employer match.

The Fund for the City of New York/Center for Court Innovation is an equal opportunity employer. The Center does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, national origin, age, military service eligibility, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, or any other category protected by law. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities as well as individuals with prior contact with the criminal justice system.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete an employment eligibility verification document form upon hire. Only applicants under consideration will be contacted. No phone calls please.

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The Center for Court Innovation is a non-profit organization that works to create a more effective and humane justice system by performing original research and helping launch reforms by guiding justice innovators, nationally and…

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  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Professional Level
    Entry level


Bronx, NY 10451, US

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