Peer Specialist
at Behavioral Health Network, Inc.

Date Posted: 4/20/2017

Job Description

BHN is currently seeking a Peer Specialist for our Program for Assertive Community Treatment (PACT) in Springfield, MA. PACT is a highly integrated outreach program that helps adults meet their goals and reduce hospitalizations. The PACT team is forensic-focused and is designed to reduce arrests and incarcerations and also operates a 24-7 group residence for five individuals.  

The requirements of this position are as follows: 

  • Assists and monitors activities of daily living.
  • Encourages independence, competency and decision-making.
  • Initiates, supports and ensures quality of life through empowerment, safety awareness and respect and dignity
  • If MAP certified, monitors overall health and well-being, and assists with all aspects of medication treatment and administration.
  • Provides crisis intervention and emergency services as needed.
  • Shares wisdom gained through own recovery process and personal experiences navigating mental health and other systems.
  • Provides support, resource information, advocacy, and related offerings to help others move forward in their own process.
  • Facilitates mutual support and self-help groups that may address a variety specific and/or general emotional and physical health concerns.
  • Develops groups and activities to support needs, wants and hopes of people receiving services.
  • Provides support to consumers and families around behavioral health and medical needs.
  • Plans and provides opportunities for community activities.
  • Provides outreach services to individuals served on a frequent basis as required by supervisor. 
  • Provides safe and timely transportation in own vehicle, as needed for medical appointments, recreational activities, shopping, errands, etc.
  • Provides on-going information, periodic reviews and documentation to support treatment and Treatment Plan goals and objectives.
  • Performs normal cleaning and maintenance with or without individual assistance.
  • If working the overnight shift the staff will: remain awake during the entire shift and leave a message for a supervisor on an hourly basis as scheduled during awake shift in order to report the status of individuals served by the program and any other assigned tasks.

Job Requirements

Job Knowledge: 

  • Individuals must be committed to empowerment and growth, human rights, and community integration of individuals served. 

Experience and Training: 

  • Minimum of six months experience in human services preferred.
  • Lived experience of mental health recovery is required.
  • Training is provided by BHN.

Schooling or Equivalent: 

  • High school diploma or G.E.D. with experience required, Bachelor’s Degree preferred.


Other: 

  • Must have valid driver's license and a reliable car available for working hours.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please visit our website at www.bhninc.org then click on “Job Openings” to apply. 

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About Us

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Behavioral Health Network, Inc. (BHN) is a growing non-profit community behavioral health service agency that has been providing services to children, adult, families, and communities in Western Mass since 1938. BHN provides comprehensive, outcome-driven behavioral healthcare. We are dedicated to offering high quality, affordable and culturally appropriate care to people of all ages and income levels in multiple settings within our communities.

Join the BHN team and enjoy excellent benefits!

  • Health Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Life Insurance and AD&D
  • Long Term Disability
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • 403(b) Retirement Plan
  • 529 Education IRA Savings Plan
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Voluntary Vision Plan
  • Voluntary Insurance Plans
  • Auto/Home Insurance Discounts
  • Legal Benefit
  • Tuition Assistance Programs
  • Time off benefits

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