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Arlington County, Virginia
$59,488.00 - $90,916.80 Annually
Jun 10, 2022
Jul 07, 2022
Full Time
Position Information
Arlington County's Children's Behavioral Health Bureau, Child and Family Services Division within the Department of Human Services has a unique opportunity for a Bilingual Peer Recovery Specialist-Family Support Partner to join a dynamic and innovative team of professionals. The Bureau is responsible for providing comprehensive mental health and substance use services to help children and youth to function adequately in their environments and help their families support them. Services for children and adolescents are provided in their homes, school, or community. Peers empower clients through their own lived experience and become a model of recovery for clients, their families and the community.

Family Support Partner (FSP) services can be provided as a standalone service or as a part of a High-Fidelity Wraparound team which are strength-based, individualized, person-centered, and growth-oriented support which assists in promoting family advocacy, resiliency, and self-determination. These services are provided to the parent/caregiver of a youth or young adult under the age of 21, who has behavioral health, developmental, and/or substance use challenges which may put them at risk of being placed out of the home or may have led them to be involved in multiple child-serving agencies. The services provided to the parent/caregiver must be exclusively in support of and for the benefit of the youth and family in need of services.

Specific duties include:

  • Supporting and promoting an environment that emphasizes opportunities for all individuals to achieve wellness, while honoring family culture, voice, and choice;
  • Serving as mentors, role models and "system navigators" to youth and families and connecting them to the resources and services necessary to support their individual growth and success;
  • Assisting youth and families in understanding the key roles of professionals involved in their team, including behavioral health, child/youth welfare, legal and courts-based professionals, for example, and how to navigate their related systems;
  • Collaborating with the youth and family's professional and natural support team to ensure the family's strengths, culture, and vision are utilized to address their identified needs;
  • Building trust with parents/caregivers by engaging in a confidential, respectful, non-judgmental, and supportive relationship and helping them gain knowledge and skills to promote self-efficacy;
  • Documenting work with families in an electronic health record as required, including detailed case progress notes, and co-creating and implementing service plans;
  • Participating in case and supervisory consultation as needed and bringing concerns to the attention of the care coordinator and supervisor for discussion;
  • Providing emergency crisis intervention to maintain safety and to provide services in the best interest of the youth; and
  • Completing all training related to High Fidelity Wraparound and Family Support Partners and/or Peer Recovery Specialists, as required by agency.
The ideal candidate will exhibits independence, decisiveness, and responsibility to be able to clearly and persuasively communicating decisions to stabilize safety and avert additional crises; general knowledge of Child and Family Services Division mission statement and practice model to provide information, resources and behavioral health services to children and families.

DHS- Arlington County DHS is committed to delivering client services in an effective, equitable, respectful, and trauma-informed manner. Our staff is dedicated to ensuring our clients are approached, engaged and cared for in ways that demonstrate competency, sensitivity and awareness of factors which impact the client experience including but not limited to: cultural identity, gender, racial, and ethnic diversity, religious/spiritual ascription, physical capability, cognitive and literacy levels, sexual orientation, and linguistic needs.

Selection Criteria
Peer Recovery Specialist-Family Support Partner: Must have experience as the primary caregiver of a child with emotional, behavioral or mental health and/or substance use challenges. Applicant must be able to provide proof of lived experience relevant to the Peer Support Specialist role.

  • Completion of the requirements for graduation from high school or GED program;
  • Completion of Virginia DBHDS 72-hour Peer Recovery Specialist training;
  • Must have experience navigating Virginia behavioral health systems as a primary caregiver to a child which includes specifically navigating the mental health, substance use, educational, employment, legal, child welfare, and/or housing systems and resources;
  • Bi-lingual (Spanish and English).

  • Certification as a Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS) and Registration as a Peer Recovery Specialist (RPRS) in Virginia within six months of hire (may be extended to one year for part-time positions). Application, requirements, and instructions can be found on the Virginia Department of Health Professions Webpage. and

Substitution: Completion of coursework in Social Work, Sociology, Psychology, Special Education, Mental Health, or Counseling from an accredited college or university may substitute for the experience requirement.

Desirables : Preference may be given to candidates with experience in one or more of the following:
  • Certification as a Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS)
  • Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) Facilitator Certification
  • Whole Health Action Management (WHAM) Facilitator Certification
  • High-Fidelity Wraparound - Family Support Partner training
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office
  • Working as part of a professional team and addressing the needs of families and children from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural populations.

Special Requirements
An assessment of verbal Spanish proficiency is required before a candidate can be appointed to a bilingual position (English/Spanish). The incumbent in a bilingual position will receive the language pay premium on all hours worked.

Applicant must possess, or obtain by time of appointment, a valid motor vehicle operator's license from the applicant's place of residence or the applicant must have the ability and willingness to use alternative methods of transportation to perform assigned duties and responsibilities at locations other than the primary worksite. The applicant must authorize Arlington County to obtain, or the applicant must provide, a copy of the applicant's official
state/district driving record. Any offer of employment may be contingent upon a favorable review of the applicant's driving record.

A pre-employment criminal records check will be conducted. It may include checks of the following: criminal record, driving record, education, professional licensure, and credit history.

Applicant may be required to sign a release authorizing the County to obtain your background information.

Applicant may be required to complete a pre-hire federal background check and State of Virginia Central Registry check.

Covid-19: Arlington County Government is committed to the health, safety and wellness for all staff. In support of that commitment, all current and newly hired employees are required to provide proof of Covid-19 vaccination. For those qualified employees with a disability or sincerely held religious belief which prohibits them from receiving a vaccine, you will be able to contact the Office of Human Rights to request a reasonable accommodation. Adherence to this policy is a condition of employment.