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D186 - Jail Services - Peer Group Leader

668 Oglethorpe St, Macon, GA 31201, USA Req #124
Wednesday, January 31, 2024

About River Edge Behavioral Health

Serving more than 10,000 Georgians, River Edge continues to be one of the state's leading resources for mental health, substance use disorder treatments and supports as well as individuals with intellectual and development disabilities. River Edge offers outpatient services at our Emery Highway-Macon, Monroe County and Baldwin County locations. Outpatient services include behavioral health, nursing, and psychiatric assessment, stabilization and medication maintenance services as well as crisis intervention services as well as awareness, education and recovery groups. 

River Edge is currently seeking a Full-time Group Leader for the Judiciary In-reach Program. Under the supervision of the Program Manager, the Group Leader will meet with detainees in a group setting in the jail to conduct group session for both male and female detainees in the areas of mental health and substance use disorder. River Edge professionals shall help identify non-violent misdemeanor offenders who need mental health services, and work with Bibb County Sheriff's Office (BCSO) to refer them to appropriate care.

Schedule: Monday- Friday 8:30AM-5:00PM

FLSA Classification: Hourly, Non-Exempt 

Benefits Offered:

  • Competitive Pay
  • Medical, Dental, Vision Insurance
  • Paid Time Off
  • 12 Paid Holidays
  • 401k with an employer match
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Short and Long-term disability coverage
  • Life Insurance
  • Employee Discount Program


 Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist detainees in articulating personal goals for recovery through the use group sessions. During these sessions the Group Leader will support detainees in identifying and creating goals and developing recovery plans with the skills, strengths, supports and resources to aid them in achieving those goals.
  • Assist detainees in working with their case manager in determining the steps he/she needs to take in order to achieve these goals and self-directed recovery.
  • Generating recovery reviews and performance documents to track the rehabilitation process.
  • Observing behavior and evidence of general well-being and discusses observations with the clients.
  • Report any unusual behavior, conflicts, or recovery deviations to the relevant professionals.


  • Certified Peer Specialist Certification (Required)
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in social services related disciplines (Social work, sociology, psychology). (preferred)
  • WHAM Certified, Forensic Peer Specialist (preferred).
  • Previous experience working in a behavioral health care setting is preferred.
  • All applicants must pass a satisfactory background clearance and pre-employment drug test.
  • Provide 2 Professional references (Former employers only, no family members)
  • Must have strong clinical skills.
  • Must have excellent communications skills, both verbal and written.
  • Must have ability to multi-task and remain organized.


Counseling and Facilitation Skills: Ability to lead group sessions effectively, facilitating discussions to help detainees articulate personal goals and develop recovery plans. This includes active listening, empathy, and guiding discussions towards constructive outcomes.

Case Management: Proficiency in working collaboratively with case managers to determine actionable steps towards achieving detainees' goals and self-directed recovery. This involves coordinating resources, setting timelines, and monitoring progress.

Documentation and Reporting: Skill in generating accurate and comprehensive recovery reviews and performance documents to track rehabilitation progress. This includes recording observations, milestones achieved, and any deviations from the recovery plan.

Communication: Clear and effective communication is essential for building rapport with detainees, conveying information, and collaborating with other professionals. This skill is crucial for facilitating group sessions, discussing observations with clients, and reporting any concerns.

Emotional Intelligence: Understanding and managing emotions, both for oneself and others, is vital in this role. Empathy, patience, and the ability to navigate sensitive topics with detainees contribute to creating a supportive environment for recovery.

Additional Information: 

The Application Process

  • All qualified applicants will be considered.
  • This position is subject to close once a satisfactory candidate pool has been identified.
  • The hiring managers will contact only those selected for an interview.
  • Applicants who are not selected will receive notification via email.
  • Due to the volume of applications received, we are unable to provide information on application status by phone or email.

 Safe Working Environment

We at River Edge believe every employee has a right to a safe work environment. Therefore, we require full vaccination of all employees. Getting the vaccine, frequently washing your hands, sanitizing common areas, and wearing your mask continues to be the most effective way to fight COVID-19.

 Diversity and Inclusion

River Edge Behavioral Health is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive work environment and is proud to be an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, nationality, genetic make-up, disability, age, or veteran status.

 Drug-Free Workplace

River Edge Behavioral Health is a drug-free workplace with a longstanding commitment to providing a safe, quality-oriented, and productive work environment. In compliance with the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1998, all applicants must pass a satisfactory background clearance and pre-employment drug screen.

 At Will Workplace

Employment with River Edge Behavioral Health is at will. At-will means your employment relationship with River Edge Behavioral Health or Affordable Business Solution is for an indefinite period and is subject to termination by you or River Edge Behavioral Health, with or without cause, with or without notice, and at any time.


If you are looking for an opportunity to make life better and a strong desire for personal growth we encourage you to apply. We promptly review all applications. Highly qualified candidates will be contacted for interviews.

We are an equal opportunity employer and highly value diversity.  We do not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

All selected applicants must pass a satisfactory background clearance and pre-employment drug test.


Other details

  • Job Family Clinician, Non-Licensed
  • Job Function Non-Managerial
  • Pay Type Hourly
Location on Google Maps
  • 668 Oglethorpe St, Macon, GA 31201, USA