Job Opportunity with Connecticut Community Bridger Program - Peer Bridger

Multiple Full-Time Positions Available: (40 hrs per week)
We are recruiting Community Bridgers (Bridgers) who will be assigned to one of 3 base locations:
Hartford, New Haven, and Bridgeport.*
*Please Note: All positions will initially be based in the Middletown and Hartford areas, and Bridgers will be required to travel to these locations on a daily basis for approximately 3-6 months after hire. 
Peer Bridger Program
“The Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) is in need of a program to serve up 
disorders who are involved with the Probate Court System and have a history of difficulty using traditional tools and services available in the current behavioral health system to gain a stable and fruitful lifestyle in the community.” (CT DMHAS RFP, 2013)
Position Summary: 

“Peer support is a system of giving and receiving help founded on key principles of respect, shared 
responsibility and mutual agreement of what is helpful. Peer support is not based on psychiatric 
models and diagnostic criteria. It is about understanding another’s situation empathically through the 
shared experience of emotional and psychological pain. When people identify with others who they 
feel are ‘like’ them, they feel a connection.”—Mead, Hilton, & Curtis, 2001 (from Pratt, Gill, Barrett, & 
Roberts, 2007). 
Community Bridgers will provide peer support (as defined above) for individuals in the community with mental health experiences. These individuals will have involvement in the probate court system. Bridgers will:
  • Provide outreach and engagement, and peer support in the community to these individuals, some of whom may be hard to reach; 
  • Support individuals by establishing connection, active listening, exploring and learning about their worldviews, and co-creating meaningful relationships; 
  • Support each individual in identifying what is important to them, and as determined on an individual basis, connecting with community, natural resources and other supports (including supports for all of their mental health and health needs if desired); 
  • provide individuals with supports and/or act as liaisons to persons and/or systems as identified as needed by the individual; and 
  • provide community outreach, develop relationships with community resources and supports, and provide transportation as assigned. 
Required Qualifications: 
  • Lived experience of mental health recovery and the willingness to share his/her own experiences as appropriate. 
  • The Community Bridger must be confident in his or her own wellness. 
  • The Bridger needs to be familiar with one or more of the following Connecticut communities: Hartford, New Haven, and/or Bridgeport. 
  • Valid CT driver’s license. to 100 individuals with mental health disorders or co-occurring mental health and substance use the community.” (CT DMHAS RFP, 2013) 
  • Reliable insured personal vehicle and a willingness to transport persons served. Statewide travel will be required. Mileage reimbursement will be paid. 
  • Ability to work flexible hours and days as scheduled around program needs (includes night and weekend hours). 
  • Ability to meet project deadlines as determined by Project Manager. 
  • Demonstrate good judgment, flexibility and independence in carrying out assigned tasks. 
  • Demonstrate peer support experiences with diverse individuals. 
  • Demonstrate good coordination and organizational skills. 
  • Demonstrate ability to work in a cooperative and collaborative manner as a team member with participants, project staff, and other stakeholders. 
  • Strong attention to detail; ability to work on multiple tasks and meet deadlines. 
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills. 
  • General office and basic computer experience. 
Other Basic Requirements: 

  • Passion and enthusiasm for peer support and the possibilities for everybody. 
  • Hope for all, and belief that each person has the internal resources to lead their own recovery. 
  • Positive attitude, motivation, and encouragement skills necessary. 
  • Self-starter, confident, flexible, energetic and highly team oriented.
  • Cross-cultural skills, and experience with culturally diverse populations. 
  • Ability to form trusting and reciprocal relationships. 
  • Open-minded, creative problem solver, while also teachable. 
What we offer you: 

  • Full time with benefits. 
  • Intensive training in Intentional Peer Support (IPS), co-supervision, and trauma informed peer 
  • Opportunity to inform and co-create a new and unique community service. 
  • A dynamic, fun (yet challenging) and creative work environment. 
  • 3 weeks paid vacation per year. 
  • 3 weeks paid sick time per year. 
  • Hourly rate starts at $18 per hour based on qualifications and experience (as defined above). 
FOR-U is an independent statewide peer-owned and operated non-profit agency. We were formally established in 2002, for the purpose of empowering persons-in-recovery (PIR) from mental health experiences to help other PIR move towards his or her life goals through education and peer support. 
The Community Bridger is a full-time non-exempt (40 hour/week) position with some evenings and weekends required. A cover letter highlighting your passion and experience is required. Submit resume and cover letter via email to: or by fax: 860-704-0767 or mail to: FOR-U, Attn: Human Resources, 100 Riverview Center, Suite 272, Middletown, CT 06457. No phone calls or walk-ins please. 
Please Note: Resumes without cover letters will not be reviewed. 
Equal Opportunity Employer