$56,638.40 - $86,569.60 Annually
Jan 21, 2022
Feb 25, 2022
Full Time
Position Information
Note: This position is being re-announced to consider hiring at either a trainee or full performance level. Applicants who previously applied do not need to apply.

Arlington County's Child and Family Services Division within the Department of Human Services has a unique opportunity for a Peer Recovery Specialist - Family Support Partner to join a dynamic and innovative team of professionals in the Children's Behavioral Health Bureau. 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 to support them. Services for children and adolescents are provided in their homes, school, or community. Peer Recovery Specialists 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.

Family Support Partner services are strength-based, individualized, person-centered, and growth-oriented supports that assist 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, with behavioral health, developmental, and/or substance use challenges that put them at risk of being placed out of home or 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. Services are expected to improve outcomes for the individual and increase the individual's and family's confidence and capacity to manage their own services and supports while promoting wellness and healthy relationships.

Specific Duties include:
The Family Support Partner maintains a caseload of families receiving behavioral health services and supports to include the following activities:

  • Serve as mentors, role models and "system navigators" to youth and families and connect them to the resources and services necessary to support their individual growth and success;
  • Assist 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;
  • Teach, coach, and empower families to communicate more effectively by engaging in active listening and validating their perspective, while role modeling appropriate interpersonal skills;
  • Build trust with parents/caregivers by engaging in a confidential, respectful, non-judgmental, and supportive relationship and help them gain knowledge and skills to promote self-efficacy;
  • Participate in case and supervisory consultation as needed; bringing concerns to the attention of the care coordinator and supervisor for discussion;
  • Assists with emergency crisis intervention to maintain safety and to provide services in the best interest of the youth;
  • Participates and coordinates (as appropriate) in meetings at which the parent and/or youth are present to provide support;
  • Participate in monitoring and other evaluation processes;
  • Successfully complete all training related to High Fidelity Wraparound and Family Support Partners and/or Peer Recovery Specialists, as required by agency;
  • Document work with families in an electronic health record as required, including detailed case progress notes, and co-creating and implementing service plans.
The ideal candidate will exhibit independence, decisiveness, and responsibility while clearly and persuasively communicating decisions to stabilize the safety of the client. The candidate should have a general knowledge of behavioral health and substance use system issues, experience providing Peer/Family Support, and knowledge of child development and parenting skills. The Family Support Partner should promote an environment that appreciates and holds opportunities for all, and have extensive experience working with a diverse population.

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. Specifically navigating the mental health, substance use, educational, employment, legal, child welfare, and/or housing systems and resources;
  • Licenses/Certifications: Certification as a Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS) and Registration as a Peer Recovery Specialist (RPRS) in Virginia within six months of hire;
  • Bi-lingual (Spanish and English).
Substitution: Completion of coursework in Social Work, Sociology, Psychology, Special Education, Mental Health, or Counseling from an accredited college or university can 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
  • Familiarity with the Arlington County Child and Family Services Division mission statement and practice model to provide information, resources and behavioral health services to children and families.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office

Special Requirements
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.

Applicant must be able to provide proof of having lived experience related to the position.

An assessment of oral Spanish proficiency will be required before a candidate can be appointed to this bilingual position. The incumbent in the position will receive the language pay premium on all hours worked and on paid leave hours.

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