Feb 01, 2019
Feb 15, 2019
Full Time
Position Information

Arlington County's Department of Human Services (DHS) Behavioral Healthcare Division (BHD) is hiring two Peer Specialists for the Residential and Specialized Clinical Services Bureau. These individuals assist clinical staff with casework and program delivery for individuals receiving substance use treatment services. Peer Specialists empower clients through their own lived experience and become a model of recovery for clients, their families and the community.
These positions are grant funded and are part-time temporary (20 to 32 hours per week). Reporting to a BHD Program Manager, the Peer Specialists will assess clients' needs; provide referrals for appropriate programs; train and educate clients, families, and health professionals on substance use screening and referrals; provide hands-on supervision and care of clients; monitor and record clients' mental conditions and program progress; and plan for clients' discharge.

Specific duties include:

  • Meeting with residential program clients in jail, in the community and/or in offices;
  • Collaborating with clinical staff and providing supportive counseling to clients;
  • Connecting clients to available recovery services and options;
  • Organizing and presenting workshops related to recovery;
  • Assisting clients with follow-up appointment to include transporting or accompanying clients to meetings and appointments with referred agencies and physicians;
  • Leading or co-leading groups and therapeutic recreation activities;
  • Providing emergency outreach to people in need; and
  • Maintaining related records and performing administrative duties.
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.

To learn more about the BHD, please visit our website here.

Selection Criteria

Minimum: High School Diploma and five years' experience providing supportive services to adults with substance use disorders or co-occurring mental health disorders in a clinical setting (community-based, hospital, or shelter).

Substitution: Bachelor's Degree in Social Work, Sociology, Psychology, Special Education, Mental Health, Counseling, or a Human Services related field and one year of relevant experience.

Applicant must be able to provide proof of lived experience and having been the recipient of mental health services.

Desirable: Preference may be given to candidates who have experience providing PEER recovery services and/or who have earned certification in one or more of the following areas:
• Peer Recovery Specialist;
• Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP); and/or
• Whole Health Action Management (WHAM).

Special Requirements

Employee must be able to provide proof of having been a recipient of services for substance use dependence and/or mental health services for severe mental illness.

Applicant must possess, or obtain by the time of appointment, a valid motor vehicle operator's license from the applicant's place of residence to perform assigned duties and responsibilities at locations other than the primary worksite. If the applicant possesses or acquires a license, the applicant must provide or authorize Arlington County to obtain a copy of the applicant's official state/district driving record. Any offer of employment may be contingent on a favorable review of the applicant's driving record and criminal history.

Applicant must complete pre-hire federal background check and State of Virginia Central Registry check.

Additional Information

Work Hours:  Part-time hours vary and will include some weekend and evening hours.

Your responses to the supplemental questionnaire are considered part of the selection process and are required for this position. Please do not give "see resume" as a response to the questions. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

This is a grant funded position and is contingent upon funding availability.

Similar jobs