Job Opportunity with Connecticut Community Bridger Program - Peer Bridger

Multiple Full-Time Positions Available: (40 hrs per week)
We are recruiting Community Bridgers (Bridgers) who will be assigned to one of 3 base locations:
Hartford, New Haven, and Bridgeport.*
*Please Note: All positions will initially be based in the Middletown and Hartford areas, and Bridgers will be required to travel to these locations on a daily basis for approximately 3-6 months after hire. 
Peer Bridger Program
“The Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) is in need of a program to serve up 
disorders who are involved with the Probate Court System and have a history of difficulty using traditional tools and services available in the current behavioral health system to gain a stable and fruitful lifestyle in the community.” (CT DMHAS RFP, 2013)
Position Summary: 

“Peer support is a system of giving and receiving help founded on key principles of respect, shared 
responsibility and mutual agreement of what is helpful. Peer support is not based on psychiatric 
models and diagnostic criteria. It is about understanding another’s situation empathically through the 
shared experience of emotional and psychological pain. When people identify with others who they 
feel are ‘like’ them, they feel a connection.”—Mead, Hilton, & Curtis, 2001 (from Pratt, Gill, Barrett, & 
Roberts, 2007). 
Community Bridgers will provide peer support (as defined above) for individuals in the community with mental health experiences. These individuals will have involvement in the probate court system. Bridgers will:
  • Provide outreach and engagement, and peer support in the community to these individuals, some of whom may be hard to reach; 
  • Support individuals by establishing connection, active listening, exploring and learning about their worldviews, and co-creating meaningful relationships; 
  • Support each individual in identifying what is important to them, and as determined on an individual basis, connecting with community, natural resources and other supports (including supports for all of their mental health and health needs if desired); 
  • provide individuals with supports and/or act as liaisons to persons and/or systems as identified as needed by the individual; and 
  • provide community outreach, develop relationships with community resources and supports, and provide transportation as assigned. 
Required Qualifications: 
  • Lived experience of mental health recovery and the willingness to share his/her own experiences as appropriate. 
  • The Community Bridger must be confident in his or her own wellness. 
  • The Bridger needs to be familiar with one or more of the following Connecticut communities: Hartford, New Haven, and/or Bridgeport. 
  • Valid CT driver’s license. to 100 individuals with mental health disorders or co-occurring mental health and substance use the community.” (CT DMHAS RFP, 2013) 
  • Reliable insured personal vehicle and a willingness to transport persons served. Statewide travel will be required. Mileage reimbursement will be paid. 
  • Ability to work flexible hours and days as scheduled around program needs (includes night and weekend hours). 
  • Ability to meet project deadlines as determined by Project Manager. 
  • Demonstrate good judgment, flexibility and independence in carrying out assigned tasks. 
  • Demonstrate peer support experiences with diverse individuals. 
  • Demonstrate good coordination and organizational skills. 
  • Demonstrate ability to work in a cooperative and collaborative manner as a team member with participants, project staff, and other stakeholders. 
  • Strong attention to detail; ability to work on multiple tasks and meet deadlines. 
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills. 
  • General office and basic computer experience. 
Other Basic Requirements: 

  • Passion and enthusiasm for peer support and the possibilities for everybody. 
  • Hope for all, and belief that each person has the internal resources to lead their own recovery. 
  • Positive attitude, motivation, and encouragement skills necessary. 
  • Self-starter, confident, flexible, energetic and highly team oriented.
  • Cross-cultural skills, and experience with culturally diverse populations. 
  • Ability to form trusting and reciprocal relationships. 
  • Open-minded, creative problem solver, while also teachable. 
What we offer you: 

  • Full time with benefits. 
  • Intensive training in Intentional Peer Support (IPS), co-supervision, and trauma informed peer 
  • Opportunity to inform and co-create a new and unique community service. 
  • A dynamic, fun (yet challenging) and creative work environment. 
  • 3 weeks paid vacation per year. 
  • 3 weeks paid sick time per year. 
  • Hourly rate starts at $18 per hour based on qualifications and experience (as defined above). 
FOR-U is an independent statewide peer-owned and operated non-profit agency. We were formally established in 2002, for the purpose of empowering persons-in-recovery (PIR) from mental health experiences to help other PIR move towards his or her life goals through education and peer support. 
The Community Bridger is a full-time non-exempt (40 hour/week) position with some evenings and weekends required. A cover letter highlighting your passion and experience is required. Submit resume and cover letter via email to: or by fax: 860-704-0767 or mail to: FOR-U, Attn: Human Resources, 100 Riverview Center, Suite 272, Middletown, CT 06457. No phone calls or walk-ins please. 
Please Note: Resumes without cover letters will not be reviewed. 
Equal Opportunity Employer

Job Opportunity with NASMHPD (National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors

Job Title: Coordinator/Consumer Affairs
The National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors, Inc. (NASMHPD), the primary national 
association advocating for the collective interests of state mental health authorities in all 50 states, 4 territories and the District of Columbia is seeking a Coordinator/Consumer Affairs for the SAMHSA National Center for Trauma Informed Care to be responsible for providing consumer leadership in all aspects of seclusion and restraint prevention, and the implementation of trauma informed care. The Coordinator/Consumer Affairs participates in technical assistance, conference planning and consultation to ensure inclusion of consumer perspectives and also provides direct contact with requesting agencies and SAMHSA and coordinates peer activities including chairing the peer leadership committee, and conducting presentations and training. This position requires a strong advocate with the ability to cross systems in promoting consumer integration in all aspects of service delivery. 
  • At least three years of experience providing high-quality training and technical assistance functions to a variety of audiences including national associations, state mental health agencies, and mental health provider agency staff. 
  • Hands-on experience in creating trauma informed care environments. 
  • A personal philosophy that is person-centered, recovery-oriented, trauma-informed, and consumer- focused, including using person-first language. Because of the nature of the position, the preferred candidate will have personal experience as a trauma survivor and as a consumer of behavioral health services. 
  • Knowledge of the theory and literature related to human trauma and the principles underlying a trauma informed care approach in healthcare and social service settings. 
  • Knowledge of current activities related to trauma initiatives in the public mental health field at the national and state level preferred. 
  • Ability to coordinate a complex, multi-faceted project, with a good attention to detail. 
  • Relevant experience working with State or local mental health, human service, and associated systems. 
  • Strong oral and written communication skills are essential. 
  • Knowledge of the role of the federal government and state public offices in public mental health policy development, specifically regarding trauma informed care. 
  • Willingness to thoroughly review the current literature and to gain additional knowledge about, and subsequently apply, effective technical assistance techniques used in public mental health settings (e.g. long-distance learning, consensus-buildingconferences), as well as the current literature on trauma-informed care and all related subjects. 
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills, political acumen, and an ability to work effectively as both a leader and a team member are essential. 
NASMHPD is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities, women, persons with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply. We offer a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package and are located in Old Town Alexandria.
Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest with salary requirements or salary expectations and a resume to:
Kathy M. Parker 
Director of Human Resources & Administration PT National 
Association of State Mental Health Program Directors 
66 Canal Center Plaza, Suite 302 
Alexandria, VA 22314
Fax: (703) 548-9517 

Job Opportunity with Prevail Health Solutions

Job Title:  Certified Veteran Peer Specialist
About the Role: 
As a Veteran Peer, you will engage other Veterans in online chats to meet our goals, motivate the participants and improve their overall well-being.  With nearly 22 Veterans a day committing suicide, you will have a chance to make a difference and help them get to the resources they need.  The position is part-time availability only and may include nights, weekends, or other non-traditional hours.  This position requires reliable non-reimbursable home internet access.  This is a paid position at a rate of $15.50 per hour.  All job duties will be conducted remotely.
Job Responsibilities:
  • Engaging other Veterans in online instant message chats to meet program goals, motivate participants and helping to improve their well-being
  • Building on the reputation of Vets Prevail as a leading source for delivering mental health support and strengthening the Veteran community
  • Key tasks will include using the internet to actively highlight the Vets Prevail name, program availability, and goals to Veterans, service members, and their families or supporters
  • Must be a Veteran or currently serving member of the United States Armed Forces
  • Must be a Certified Peer Specialist
  • Must be able to work independently with little to no supervision
  • Must have reliable home internet access
About Prevail:

Prevail Health Solutions is a health care technology company that builds and delivers dynamic, Web-based behavioral health and wellness programs. Prevail was founded to help address deployment-related mental health issues in the Veteran and military populations.  Just recently we have received our first government contract through the Veterans Health Administration and we are now looking for a professional Veteran ambassador to educate other service members and Veterans online through instant message chats about our programs – Vets Prevail (  This is a chance to help take care of our fellow Veterans while gaining unique experiences as part of an emerging startup in the mental health field. 
If interested, email your resume to  Please indicate in the email that you are applying for the Veteran Peer Specialist position.

Job Opportunity with Mental Health America of Oregon/Peerlink Technical Assistance Center

Mental Health America of Oregon/Peerlink National Technical Assistance Center

Deputy Director/Technical Assistance Center Director

Mental Health America of Oregon (MHAO) is an inclusive grassroots mental health organization dedicated to empowering consumer/survivor voices to drive services and policies that foster wellness and full participation in life choices and recovery.

Peerlink National Technical Assistance Center, a project of MHAO, is a national consumer/survivor technical assistance center funded by a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).  Peerlink works to strengthen the capacity and infrastructure of peer-run programs and traditional mental health organizations.  We offer training in organizational development, employment, financial self-sufficiency, and health/wellness to people who use/have used mental health services, peer support providers, and community agencies.  We believe that people who experience mental health challenges are empowered by working, having financial resources, and participating in their communities as informed and healthy citizens.

Mental Health America of Oregon/Peerlink National Technical Assistance Center is seeking a Deputy Director/Technical Assistance Center Director. This position:

  • Develops and oversees implementation of the Peerlink workplan.
  • Supervises and directs Peerlink TAC staff, consultants, and contractors.
  •  Maintains data system and oversees implementation of project evaluation for grant activities.
  • Collaborates and develops materials and provides technical assistance and training as needed in content areas including Financial Self-Sufficiency, Employment, Health and Wellness, and Organizational Capacity Building.
  • -Develops and maintains collaborative relationships with other national organizations;  represents Peerlink at state, national, and international meetings and events.
  • Partners with the Executive Director in essential internal agency leadership activities (human resources, administration, project development and organizational planning).
  • In the absence of the Executive Director, oversees administration of Mental Health America of Oregon.

Qualifications:  Must be a consumer/survivor willing to self-identify and have seven to ten years related experience/training including at least three years of management experience.  Bachelor's degree required; master's or doctorate degree preferred in related field.  An equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered.

Skills and knowledge required: Demonstrated leadership, team building, collaboration, communication, supervisory, general and financial management skills. In-depth understanding of the consumer/survivor movement and the principles of recovery and wellness.

Hours per Week:  This is a full time salaried, exempt position.

Salary range:  $60,000-65,000 annually*.*

To apply:  Please visit for complete job description and application instructions.  This position closes on Friday, March 21th, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. PST.



Job Opportunity with Washington State Dept. of Social and Health Services 

This recruitment is to fill one full-time, Patient Advocate (Community Resource Program Manager) Position.
This vacancy is located in Administration, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday (Saturday and Sunday off).
Bring a consumer’s point of view to all areas of program development, policy formation, program evaluation, quality assurance, system designs, education of behavioral health service providers, and staff providing direct services. Services as a systems change agent. As a patient representative, the Resource Program Manger interacts with patients, their families and support systems, hospital staff, community providers and hospital administration to address concerns and complaints, and provide advocacy intervention when indicated.
Duties include, but are not limited to:
  • Participate as a member on selected executive hospital committees. Direct hospital Patient Rights activities. Design and provide educational presentations to various community constituencies. Provide training to hospital staff as indicated. Remain visible on the hospital units and be accessible to patients. Attend meetings between patient care units and patients/advocates as requested. Attend ward management and community meetings as indicated.
  • Work with Quality Management to investigate patient complaints. Attempt to resolve complaints at the lowest possible levels in the hospital hierarchy. Maintain statistical information regarding patient complaints and provide reports as requested.
  • Meet directly with the CEO (or designee) and provide feedback regarding patient activities and issues regarding patient care. Attend training as requested by the CEO.
  • Meet federal and other regulatory requirements for investigations and responding to patient complaints/rights violations and assess effectiveness of mitigation plans. Identify risks and recommend course of actions to mitigate. Negotiate controversial issues and resolve conflicts in a fashion that recognizes legitimate patient needs.
  • Meet with community and statewide representatives to provide a seamless response to consumer complaints and needs when/where they occur.

Required Education, Experience, Licensure, Skills and Abilities:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in social services, community development, communications, marketing, public or business administration or an allied field
  • Four years of experience in the management of an unpaid staff (volunteer) program, or development of community based resource programs, or direct service delivery including community resource problem-solving for clients for development of social service programs, to include two years of experience supervising paid or unpaid staff. 
  • A Master’s degree involving major study in one of the above fields may be substituted for one year of the required experience.
  • Additional qualifying experience may be substituted, year for year, for education.
NOTE: This position requires a Bachelor’s degree in social services, community development, communications, marketing, public or business administration or an allied field from an accredited institution whose accreditation is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), or a foreign equivalent.
Desirable Skills and Abilities:

  • Consumer-lived experience receiving public or community-based mental health services
  • Basic computer skills
  • Certified Peer Specialist
  • Experience with inpatient psychiatric hospital setting as a consumer or staff member
  • Two years’ experience providing advocacy services for people receiving mental health treatment
  • Understanding of and ability to apply Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services (CMS) federal requirements and comply with the Joint Commission (TJC) accreditation standards
  • Ability to conduct research and analyze policies, laws, rules or regulations
  • Have a demonstrated excellence in management, policy development, facilitation, mediation, negotiation, conflict resolution, and community relations
  • Ability to advise and assist new and current hospital patients in understanding their rights and responsibilities with federal, department and ESH policies and procedures
  • Have knowledge of investigating, coordinating, mitigating, and/or resolving consumer/patients complaints/grievances
  • Promoting a Recovery Model
Special Requirements and/or Conditions of Employment:

  • Comply with ESH’s health screening requirements by undergoing an initial and annual health screening
  • Must be eligible to work in a facility receiving Medicare funds
  • Dress appropriately for the work to be performed
  • Must be able to travel to attend National and Statewide training as assigned
  • Must be able to have flexible scheduled to meet hospital needs for position
Under the DSHS Emergency Operations Plan, the incumbent may be required to perform the following during a recognized emergency: Report for duty on short notice for a specified timeframe, report for duty outside of normally scheduled work hours for workdays, report to a duty station that is different from the official duty station, perform work tasks outside the normal scope of duties reflected in this PDF. During a recognized emergency, the duties may be different from normal duties, and will be temporary in nature, lasting only as long as necessary to resume normal operations.
Supplemental Information:

SPECIAL NOTE: Attention to detail is important to the successful completion of your application for this position.
Carefully review your application before submitting.
You may NOT reapply to this position for 30 days.
Please note that initial screening will be solely based on the contents and completeness of your application in NeoGov. In order to be considered for this position you MUST apply online and complete the entire Application. A resume mailed, emailed, attached or embedded within the application will not substitute for the NeoGov application.
The information in your Application must support your selected answers in the application questions. Answers may be verified and documentation may be required. Responses not supported in your application will disqualify you for consideration of employment from this requisition. A thorough reference check will be conducted for final applicants.
Please provide at least three (3) employment references, to include current or last known supervisor. 
The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, race, creed, color, national origin, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. Persons requiring accommodation in the application process of this job announcement in an alternative format may contact the recruiter at (509) 363-4722. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call through the Washington Relay Serviced by dialing 7-1-1 or 1 (800) 833-6388. 
If you have questions regarding the position, please call DeAnna Cunha at (509) 565-4373.
Should you have questions about completing the online application, BEFORE you submit your application, please contact Laurie Walker at (509) 565-4328 or