Certified Peer Specialist - Forensic
SAM, Inc. Reading, PA


Looking for an opportunity to be a part of the team that assists consumers and their families effectively and efficiently achieve the most independent and fulfilling life possible within their communities?

Our organization’s purpose is that “everyone we meet, we leave better off”.   We believe our values are what provides us guidance in the way we treat each other, our consumers, and our funders/providers.  We are looking for the right individual who wants to join our growing, dynamic, non-profit company that places people first and take pride in the work we do.

We are hiring for a:

  • Position Title:  Certified Peer Support Specialist (Forensic)
  • Department:  Targeted Case Management
  • Status:  Part-Time/Non-Exempt
  • Pay information:  Pay commensurate with experience

NOTE:  This position requires that applicants possess a valid certification in Peer Support.


If you are passionate about your career, enjoy helping people and want the opportunity to make a difference and contribute to the success of the people we serve, apply now!

See below for the full position description!




Summary of Responsibilities:

Under the general direction of the Mental Health Forensic Specialist (Certified Peer Supervisor), Service Access and Management, Inc. is seeking to increase access to forensic peer support services for medical assistance eligible adults age eighteen (18) years of age and older with severe and persistent mental illness and/or co-occurring disorders and forensic issues. These individuals will receive the services from highly-trained Certified Peer Specialists (CPS), who are self-identified behavioral health consumers with personal experience in the legal system and have an advanced certification in Forensic CPS and specialize in serving the forensic population.

This person is expected to exercise initiative and judgment in discharging his/her responsibilities.  Duties are conducted in accordance with all existing policies, procedures, and regulations and in accord with the Mission and Values of the Company.

Essential Functions:  

  • Promote principles of recovery with members, providers, and stakeholders.
  • Provide recovery coaching concerning; assisting in recovery management, identification of personal strengths/ assets, development of a strength-based recovery plan/recovery goals, and strategies to meet goals.
  • Assist in identifying or re-connecting to natural supports including but not limited to peer recovery supports and self-help groups in the community.
  • Assist in scheduling appointments as needed.
  • Assist with accessing and navigating the mental health and/or D&A service system.
  • Assist with accessing and navigating mental health court, Adult Probation, Justice Related Services, and the legal system.
  • Participate in treatment team meetings, continuing care (aftercare) meetings, as requested by the individual.
  • Demonstrate flexibility in the schedule in order to meet the individual’s needs.
  • Advocate for the individual's community needs, medical, and behavioral health needs.
  • Utilize motivational interviewing to effectively identify the individual’s strengths, needs, motivation, triggers, and goals in managing life circumstances.
  • Bridge the gap between physical health care and behavioral health treatment.
  • Provides telephonic assistance to individuals and family members concerning recovery tools and resources.
  • Empower the individual to self-advocate and follow through with treatment (making and attending scheduled appointments, setting goals, and community networking.)
  • Travel throughout the service area.
  • Utilize laptop to document and bill for services through electronic record software.

Other Functions:

Other duties as assigned by the Mental Health Forensic Specialist and/or Director of Targeted Case Management

Personal Characteristics
  • Comfortable performing multifaceted projects in conjunction with day-to-day activities
  • Ability to get along with diverse populations, tactful, mature, flexible
  • Possess sound judgment and reasoning abilities
  • Possess verbal and written communication skills
  • Resourceful and well organized
  • Comfortable with the team process
  • Ability to establish credibility
  • Must be decisive, assertive and persuasive

     Minimum Requirements (education, experience, etc.)

  • A high school diploma or general equivalency degree (GED)
  • At least one (1) year of documented volunteer or paid work experience within the last three (3) years is  required
  • Must be 21 years of age or older
  • Must have completed the necessary Peer Specialist training programs and have successfully passed the certification test
  • Self-identified behavioral health consumers with personal experience in the legal system
  • Demonstrated proficiency in verbal and written communication
  • Commitment to Peer choice and empowerment
  • Basic understanding of WRAP and advanced directives

Required Licenses, Certificates or Knowledge:

  • Must have completed the necessary Peer Specialist training program and have successfully passed the certification test.
  • Knowledge of community resources
  • Computer skills, including the ability to complete work in Microsoft Word and Excel

Minimum Employment Requirements:

  • Automobile
  • Valid driver’s license and acceptable motor vehicle record check
  • Act 31, Mandated Child Abuse Reporting Training
  • Act 33, Act 34, Act 73 Clearances
  • Social Security Card
  • Immigration/Naturalization Clearance (I-9)
  • Drug Screening

Working Conditions: 

  • Working hours spent predominately in the community and must, therefore, have awareness of personal/community safety. 
  • Daily travel throughout Berks County in a variety of venues including, but not limited to the community, individual’s home, providers, hospitals and other human service agencies as well as occasional travel to out of county meetings.

Safety Hazards of the Job:

  • Minimal hazards, general office working conditions. There may, however, be a rare occasion during which it is necessary to have physical interaction with a consumer displaying aggressive behavior.
SAM, Inc. is an EEO employer - M/F/Vets/Disabled
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