Family Peer Support Specialist Mental Health

Employer
Maryland Coalition of Families
Location
Rockville, MD
Posted
Nov 28, 2021
Closes
Dec 01, 2021
Ref
229746754
Industry
Nonprofit
Hours
Full Time
This is an excellent opportunity for people who want to help families in need! We seek people who have had personal experience (not work related) as a parent or caregiver of a child/youth with mental health challenges. As a Family Peer Support Specialist, you will use your personal experience to help families in need of emotional support, resources and understanding of various systems, as they support their family through this difficult time. Who We Are Founded in 1999, Maryland Coalition of Families (MCF) is a statewide nonprofit with a central office in Columbia, Md., and staff located in communities throughout the state. Using personal experience as parents, caregivers, youth and other loved ones, we connect, support and empower Maryland's families. Our staff provide one-to-one support to parents and caregivers of young people with mental health issues and to any loved one who cares for someone with a substance use or gambling issue. We also advocate to improve systems that impact individuals with behavioral health challenges. Overview Maryland Coalition of Families (MCF) has a full-time (40 hours per week) employment opportunity for a Family Peer Support Specialist (FPSS) to serve families in Prince George's and Montgomery counties. The candidate must have personal (not work related) experience as a primary caregiver of a youth, adolescent or young adult who has/had mental health needs. After training and orientation, the Family Peer Support Specialist will provide family-to-family support, education, advocacy, coaching, information, referrals and follow-up to families seeking assistance. Essential Duties and Responsibilities Provide education and support to families with youth, adolescents and young adults with mental health needs to negotiate their way through the social, legal, educational and health care systems. Facilitate a process for families to develop a plan to clarify the problem(s); provide emotional support; identify needs and strengths; and identify resources. Assist families and youth to build their own community-based support network and ensure that their goals are integrated into one unified plan. Facilitate families accessing supports and services by: sharing resources and supports; providing guidance in completing applications; supporting families to understand their rights; reviewing documents such as IEPs or reports with families; empowering families to effectively articulate their concerns and needs; accompanying families to meetings; and educating families on laws, policies and procedures. Build and maintain strong partnerships with agencies and providers of services related to behavioral health and other child-serving systems. Facilitate training workshops for families. Partner with other MCF staff to serve families of youth/young adults with complex needs. Administrative duties. Qualifications Personal (not work related) experience as a primary caregiver of a youth, adolescent or young adult who has/had mental health needs, is required. High school diploma or equivalent. Must live in Prince George's or Montgomery County Familiarity with state and local resources and knowledge of how to access them. Willingness and strong ability to build and maintain partnerships with agencies and providers. Active listening skills for providing non-judgmental peer support and engagement to families. Strong written and oral communication skills. Strong computer skills and the ability to efficiently utilize internet search to identify resources. Current Maryland driver's license and access to own vehicle; some in-state travel required. Successful completion of a background check (required for all MCF employees). Hours/Compensation 40 hours per week Flexible work schedule Salary is $17 per hour Comprehensive benefits package To apply: To be considered for this position, submit your resume and a cover letter describing your interest in this position and relevant experience caring for a youth or young adult with behavioral health challenges. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please note that mailed or faxed resumes will not be considered. No phone calls please. Diversity In line with MCF's commitment to building a talented and inclusive staff, women, people of color, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer - all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, 8gender identity, age, marital status, national origin, disability, veteran status or any other classification protected by applicable discrimination. Key words: human services, nonprofit, social work, caseworker, peer support, mental health, caregiver, entry level