Job Opportunity with PMHCA


Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers' Association
MHAPA is Hiring an External Advocate
External Advocates are independent advocates who provide assistance and support to individuals receiving services at state operated mental health facilities. 
This open position is located at Wernersville State Hospital in Wernersville, PA, and entails the following responsibilities:
  • Ensure the fundamental rights of the individual receiving services in the state operated facility.
  • Help individuals and their families with questions, concerns, and complaints regarding hospital care and treatment.
  • Help resolve concerns and complaints.
  • Work with individuals and others, including local/regional mental health offices and county providers, to facilitate community living.
  • Refer individuals to an attorney or agency that provides legal advocacy.
  • Assist with questions about benefit programs and concerns regarding employment.
  • Provide technical assistance and education regarding rights to individuals, their families and the hospital staff.
The position is full time but two individuals sharing the position and responsibilities would also be considered. The successful candidate will be willing to work primarily evening and weekend hours.
Ideal Candidate Qualifications
  • Bilingual-fluent in both English and Spanish
  • Advocacy experience
  • Knowledgeable about the PA Behavioral Health System
  • Reporting, organizational, and data entry skills
  • A college degree or a combination of education and experience is required. MHAPA is an affirmative action employer-individuals of color and those with lived experience are encouraged to apply. 
To Apply:

Please email resume and salary requirements to externaladvocacy@mhapa.org (Subject line: External Advocate Search)
Or mail to:
External Advocate Search
1414 North Cameron Street
Harrisburg, PA 17103



Job Opportunity with NHS Human Services - Sharon Hill, PA

Position Summary: The Vocational Specialist helps prepare individuals for real world experiences such as employment and various other community interactions. The Vocational Specialist shares in the responsibility of carrying out rehabilitation and support functions and assisting in treatment, substance abuse services, education, support and consultation to families and crisis intervention services under the clinical supervision of staff with professional degrees.


Job Requirements:

  • Clinical staff, either Masters or other clinical staff
  • 1 to 3 years experience working with individuals in an recovery setting 
  • Knowledge and understanding of recovery principles and recovery driven service system
  • Valid PA Driver's License and Act 33 and 34 clearances

Schedule: Rotating 12:00 noon - 8:00 PM and 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM including occasional weekends

Rate: $16.15 per hour

Location: Office is in Sharon Hill, PA.  Position will require travel within Delaware County.


Julie Vervlied, Sr. Staffing Partner




Job Description


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: employ.foru@gmail.com 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 (www.vetsprevail.org).  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 info@prevailhs.com.  Please indicate in the email that you are applying for the Veteran Peer Specialist position.