Job Opportunity with Community Legal Aid Society (Delaware)

Patient Advocate/Paralegal - Regular Full-time Employee (35 hours/week)

LOCATION:                    New Castle County Office

REPORTS TO:                Supervising Attorneys

SALARY:                         Depending on experience; excellent benefits.

POSTING DATE:            May 24, 2013

DEADLINE                      Applications accepted until position is filled ____________________________________________________________________________


Community Legal Aid Society, Inc. provides free legal representation to people with disabilities, people age 60 or over, people with low incomes, and victims of crime and discrimination to help our clients obtain shelter, income and other government benefits, educational services, medical services, orders of protection from abuse, legal immigration status and other civil legal remedies. Under the supervision of Disabilities Law Program attorneys the Patient Advocate/Paralegal will assist clients throughout New Castle County, DE with a special focus on consumers with mental health diagnoses in institutions and in the community. The applicant for this position must be able to interact effectively with and be sensitive to the special needs of CLASI clients, including individuals with physical and mental disabilities and their families, people with low incomes, people age 60 and older, and members of legally protected classes.



1.                  Interview clients, determine eligibility for services, and conduct factual investigations and preliminary merit assessments.

2.                  Under supervision of attorney, represent clients in meetings and administrative hearings when appropriate.

3.                  Perform legal research and writing.

4.                  Conduct community education presentations and trainings.

5.                  Draft correspondence and other documents under the supervision of an attorney.

6.                  Provide social service assistance to clients as needed.

7.                  Participate in statewide and local community groups and councils, including those that meet at night and/or on weekends, as necessary.

8.                  Manage and organize applicant and client information using forms and computerized data system.

9.                  Submit timely timekeeping and other reports.

10.              Travel as directed to see clients and participate in work-related activities.

11.              Become and remain well-informed regarding basic legal principles applicable to area(s) of practice, attending training conferences as needed or requested by supervising attorney(s).

12.              Monitor and visit institutions, group homes, drop-in centers, treatment sites, and congregate living arrangements serving people with mental illness. 

13.              Other duties as assigned.  




1.         At a minimum B.A. or B.S. degree preferred.

2.         Paralegal certificate and/or paralegal experience preferred.

3.         Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.

4.         Sensitivity to and demonstrated experience with the special problems of CLASI clients, including people with low incomes, people with disabilities, members of minority groups, people aged 60 and over, and those born in other countries.

5.         Ability and willingness to make effective public presentations.

6.         Ability to organize and maintain detailed information.

7.         Spanish language fluency, both written and oral, preferred.

8.         American Sign Language capability preferred.

9.         Ability to travel independently and work evenings and weekends as needed for out-of-office training sessions, agency-related meetings, and community education presentations.

10.       Ability to occasionally travel to and attend overnight conferences throughout the U.S.

11.       Ability to apply modern technology to the performance of legal work and tasks.

12.       Ability to organize work and prioritize tasks to meet deadlines.

13.       Flexibility, including willingness to work in any of CLASI’s areas of practice as needed.


APPLICATION:              Provide letter of interest and résumé toDaniel Atkins, DLP Legal Advocacy Director,




Job Opportunity with Penn Psychiatric Center

Part Time Certified Peer Support Specialist

Chester County, PA
Penn Psychiatric Center is seeking a part time Certified Peer Specialist (20 hours a week) to work in the Chester County region. This position is community based and requires frequent travel throughout Chester County. Must have completed and passed a Peer Specialist Certification training program. Requirements include a high school diploma or GED as well as at least 24 months of paid or volunteer behavioral health work experience or a combination of post-secondary education in a field related to behavioral health and behavioral health work experience totaling at least 24 months.
Submit your resume to 
Contact person: Donna Dolbey
Contact phone number: 484-392-8323
Contact email address: 
Employer's Web Site:

Job Opportunity with the Virginia DBHDS

Mental Health Program Assistant

(Program Administration Specialist I)
The Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services is seeking an accomplished individual to provide program assistance to Office of Mental Health staff in program planning and development (e.g., new service initiatives), project implementation and monitoring (e.g. database management and reporting), and services evaluation (e.g. onsite reviews); to provide technical assistance to CSBs in accessing and utilizing DBHDS online training resources (e.g. case management modules) and utilization management (e.g. secure site discharge planning) databases, as well as general program assistance and support to office staff.   

Knowledge of contemporary practices in behavioral health services and supports for persons with mental illness and substance use disorders. Working knowledge of project management activities and ability to work independently with complex tasks and relate well with multiple teams of professionals.  Considerable skill in and experience with MS Office products as well as ability to learn and master other software programs related to database management, document production and web-based educational presentations.  Demonstrated ability to perform a wide variety of program-specific assignments in collecting and analyzing information and making judgments about the quality of service programs, preparing reports and guidance documents, and communicating with staff and the general public. Knowledge of Virginia’s public behavioral health services system and Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP) status preferred.   Education, which included course work related to mental illness, substance use disorders, or intellectual disabilities, the problems associated with them, and their alleviation Bachelor’s degree preferred.
Position: #00233
Hiring Range:  $35,000-$42,000
Please apply online with the Recruitment Management System at  Only accepting online applications.  This position is open until filled.  DBHDS is a tobacco-free, smoke-free work environment.   
An Equal Opportunity Employer Committed to Workforce Diversity




Job Opportunity with the Virginia Dept. of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services

Suicide Prevention & MHFA Program Coordinator

(Program Administration Specialist II)

The Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services’ Office of Mental Health is seeking an accomplished professional to provide leadership and management for the development, implementation and administration of the Department’s comprehensive statewide suicide prevention program, and to implement, administer and coordinate the Department’s Mental Health First Aid training initiative and the associated certification process.  

Qualifications:  Thorough knowledge of suicide prevention field, including the incidence and prevalence of suicide, policy and service delivery issues, best practices in suicide prevention and intervention from interagency, federal, state and community perspectives.  Thorough knowledge of Mental Health First Aid. 

Contract development and management skills.  Ability to work with diverse stakeholders, including other state and local agencies and organizations, service recipients, suicide survivors, universities, advocates, etc. 

Facilitation and consultation skills. Experience with policy development and strategic planning.  Strong written and verbal communication skills.  Ability to use word processing and spreadsheet software.  Thorough knowledge of the Public Health approach to prevention and health promotion.   Thorough knowledge of Evidence Based prevention programs and practices and the Prevention Best Practices Registry.  Experience with policy and program development, policy impact on local government and budget management.  Extensive professional experience in prevention services (with suicide prevention preferred), administrative experience, and experience with interagency issues at state and local levels. Advanced degree in human services is preferred.  

Position: #00232                                                                                           

Hiring Range:  $41,778-$65,000

Please apply online with the Recruitment Management System at  Only accepting online applications.  This position is open until filled.  DBHDS is a tobacco-free, smoke-free work environment.

An Equal Opportunity Employer Committed to Workforce Diversity


Job Opportunity with PRS, Inc.

PRS, Inc. recognized as one of the 50 Best Nonprofits to work for in the US is a community-based nonprofit organization that serves individuals living with mental illness, substance use disorders, mild intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorders and any combination of these. PRS helps clients achieve personal wellness, recovery and community integration by building the independent living skills and providing the supports they need to find meaningful, satisfying lives fully integrated into their communities. 

We are now accepting applications for Recovery Support Specialists (Peer Support) professionals.  Positions are part-time and available in Arlington (30 hours per week) and McLean (20 hours per week).

The Recovery Support Specialist conducts psychosocial classes to client groups on the recovery process based on related personal experience and curriculum materials; provides individual support and outreach to clients; and completes orientation on new clients and enters client clinical notes into the electronic health record.


  • Must be a person with lived experience (consumer past or present) of mental health services. 
  • High School Diploma or GED required.  
  • Associate’s, Bachelor’s degree or 15 credit hours in Human Services, Social Work, Psychology or other related field preferred.
  • Strong organizational skills and familiarity with basic computer office software required.
  • Ability to quickly establish rapport with clients.
  • Comfortable in presenting to and leading groups.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.  
  • Clean driving record with reliable transportation required. 

Interested applicants can apply at  

PRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer