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Forensic Peer Advocate

Community Advocates of Montgomery County, PA, an affiliate of Hopeworx, Inc., is seeking applicants for a new position that will provide mentorship, leadership and class facilitation as a forensic peer advocate conducting a justice and recovery class for women at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility (MCCF). The class will replicate a 14-week class called “It’s T.I.M.E.” that has been offered to men at MCCF once a week for the past seven years. The class title stands for “Think, Identify, Make changes and Enter a new life” and is led by a peer with experience in mental health and criminal justice issues. Participants are encouraged to educate themselves about criminogenic needs or risk factors for incarceration, identify ways to change thinking habits and make plans for reentry so they can succeed when returning to the community. Understanding mental health, addiction and trauma are key outcomes for the class participants.

Organization: Community Advocates of Montgomery County
Supervisor: Kathie Mitchell, Director
Work hours: 15-20 hours a week, flexible hours
Wage: $14 an hour

Duties and Responsibilities


Minimum of a high school diploma or GED, plus work experience in the mental health field. Completion of Montgomery County’s Certified Peer Specialist Program and the state’s Forensic Peer Support Training strongly recommended. Individuals with personal experience are encouraged to apply. Must meet MCCF’s criminal background requirements.


Good communication skills, both written and verbal, are required. Ability to problem-solve and mediate conflicts. Good organizational skills and computer skills. Experience facilitating support groups, workshops or classes. Ability to effectively share your own experience to help others.

Characteristics for effective advocacy

Send resume and letter of interest to Kathie Mitchell by email: kmitchell@hopeworxinc.org Interviews will be held beginning August 1, 2017.