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Dec162013

Job Opportunity with Laurie Mitchell Employment Center

Six Certified Peer Support Specialists Openings with the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board, Fairfax County, Virginia
DEFINITION OF ALL POSITIONS: 

Under close clinical and administrative supervision, provides information, advocacy and peer support services for consumers of mental health services; performs a variety of limited paraprofessional duties in support of wellness and recovery by assisting individuals in articulating their goals for recovery, helping them monitor their progress, modeling effective coping techniques and self-help strategies based on the specialist's own recovery experience; and performs related work as required. 
ILLUSTRATIVE DUTIES OF ALL POSITIONS: 
Facilitates wellness and recovery groups (psycho-educational) and teaches recovery principles one on one; 
  • Assists individuals to fully participate in the communities where they live and work by orienting individuals to community resources, educating how to access, and advocating for increased opportunities for involvement; 
  • Facilitates communication and understanding between recipients and providers of services so that providers make better informed recommendations and recipients make better informed choices; 
  • Explains services and procedures to individuals being served, and anyone they want to be involved for their support, so they know what to expect; 
  • Assists recipients to articulate their needs and concerns to providers; 
  • Provides a welcoming and supportive atmosphere for individuals receiving services; 
  • Serves as advocate and liaison between individuals, families, staff, and physicians; 
  • Assists clinical staff with supporting those being served and reviewing their progress in life skills and activities of daily living, and immediately consults with clinicians when consumers are in psychiatric crisis or appear to be at risk. 

 

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES FOR ALL POSITIONS:
 
  • Ability to use one’s lived personal experience of mental illness and experience with accessing different levels of care; 
  • Ability to use one's lived experience to further healthy, positive interactions with consumers at differing levels of engagement; 
  • Knowledge of the principles, process and components of recovery; 
  • Knowledge of ethics and boundaries as they relate to the peer specialist practice; 
  • Knowledge of human services available from public, private and volunteer organizations; 
  • Ability to establish rapport and maintain effective relationships and boundaries with individuals receiving services, staff, and the general public;
  • Ability to retrieve, compose and save progress notes into the electronic health record; 
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of clinical and medical records; 
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. 
EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS FOR ALL POSITIONS: 

Any combination of education, experience and training equivalent to: 
Graduation from high school or a G. E. D. issued by a state department of education; PLUS 
One year of experience in providing peer/recovery support services. 
CERTIFICATES AND LICENSES REQUIRED FOR ALL POSITIONS: 
  • Certificate of Completion of Wellness and Recovery Action Plan (WRAP Seminar I); 
  • Peer Specialist Certification within six months of appointment; 
  • Valid Motor Vehicle Driver’s license with fewer than six demerit points (or equivalent in another state) at time of appointment and maintained throughout employment with CSB, for positions in residential programs. 

 

NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL POSITIONS: 

Criminal background record check; 
TB and Hepatitis C screening upon hire and annually thereafter.
These positions are with Fairfax County, and contracted through the Laurie Mitchell Empowerment and Career Center for payroll management.  
TO APPLY:

Please forward your resume and cover letter and copy of your Peer Support Specialist Certification, or Wellness Recovery Action Plan Certification to the contacts below.  Please specify the position your are applying for in your cover letter.
Fax: (703) 461-8088
USPS:
Laurie Mitchell Empowerment and Career Center
6295 Edsall Road
Alexandria, VA  22312
Attention:  CPS Positions
***December 2013 No applications accepted past December 23, 2013***

 
Position: Warm-Line Services – 2 Positions Open, (8 hrs/week each)
Description of Program Services:
Services include phone screening for people calling seeking behavioral health services.  Phone screening includes information gathering as well as a triage function.  Some callers may be asked to come in for a further face-to-face assessment and some callers may be referred to private providers.  People coming in for an assessment receive a comprehensive assessment to determine need for CSB service, level of care and preliminary diagnosis.  From assessment, a person may be transferred to a waiting list service in the correct level of care pending availability.  Some people may be referred to a private provider.
Sites:
Jerman Town Road 
Gartlan Center
Position: Partial Day Hospitalization - 1 Position (8 hrs/week)
Description of Program Services:
Intensive, structured, multidisciplinary treatment, up to 20 hours per week, designed to meet acute care needs/crisis stabilization of individuals experiencing psychiatric or co-occurring symptoms of such severity that without an intensive intervention, hospitalization, homelessness, legal intervention or harm to self/others is expected.  Treatment can include group therapies, psycho-educational, family counseling, milieu/recreational therapy, individual assessment/treatment planning, individual counseling, case management, crisis intervention, coordination of care and medication monitoring.
Site:  
Gartlan Center
Position: Residential Intensive Care Program - 1 Position (8 hrs/week)
Description of Program Services:
A community-based, highly intensive residential program that provides on-site monitoring of medication and psychiatric stability, either daily or 5 days/week.  Counseling, supportive and treatment services are provided daily in a therapeutic setting.  Level of care can range from multiple contacts several hours a day to drop-in contact once a day.  Services provided include health education, case management, targeted support services, psycho-educational training in independent living, social and interpersonal skills, crisis management, roommate mediation, and some transportation and recreational activities.
Site:
Springfield 
Position: New Horizons Treatment Center  1 Position (8 hours/week)
Description of Program Services:
Dual diagnosis programs are intensive treatment programs with staff onsite 24 hours per day providing intensive services to adults with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders.  These programs assist with reducing or eliminating symptoms through intensive treatment and training.  This program serves individuals with a co-occurring disorder as well as those individuals that have a severe and persistent mental illness without a co-occurring disorder.  New Horizons operates onsite treatment services as well as focuses on skill building and transitioning individuals into community living.
Site:
New Horizons, Jeff Davis Highway, South County Area
Position: Gartlan Drop-in - 1 Position (4 hours/week)
Description of Program Services:
Gartlan Drop-In is part of the PATH program.  PATH is a grant program administered by SAMHSA which serves people with serious mental illness, including those with co-occurring  substance use disorders who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of being homeless.  The majority of individuals served by PATH are unsheltered or homeless.  The primary function of PATH staff members is to provide outreach and engagement service.
Site:  
Gartlan Center
Position: Gartlan Adult Partial Hospitalization - 1 Position  (8 hours/week)
Description of Program Services:
Intensive, structured, multidisciplinary treatment, up to 20 hours per week, designed to meet acute care needs/crisis stabilization of individuals experiencing psychiatric or co-occurring symptoms of such severity that without an intensive intervention, hospitalization, homelessness, legal intervention or harm to self/others is expected.  Treatment can include group therapies, psycho-educational, family counseling, milieu/recreational therapy, individual assessment/treatment planning, individual counseling, case management, crisis intervention, coordination of care and medication monitoring.
Site:
Gartlan Center