Job Opportunity with Laurie Mitchell Employment Center

Six Certified Peer Support Specialists Openings with the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board, Fairfax County, Virginia

Under close clinical and administrative supervision, provides information, advocacy and peer support services for consumers of mental health services; performs a variety of limited paraprofessional duties in support of wellness and recovery by assisting individuals in articulating their goals for recovery, helping them monitor their progress, modeling effective coping techniques and self-help strategies based on the specialist's own recovery experience; and performs related work as required. 
Facilitates wellness and recovery groups (psycho-educational) and teaches recovery principles one on one; 
  • Assists individuals to fully participate in the communities where they live and work by orienting individuals to community resources, educating how to access, and advocating for increased opportunities for involvement; 
  • Facilitates communication and understanding between recipients and providers of services so that providers make better informed recommendations and recipients make better informed choices; 
  • Explains services and procedures to individuals being served, and anyone they want to be involved for their support, so they know what to expect; 
  • Assists recipients to articulate their needs and concerns to providers; 
  • Provides a welcoming and supportive atmosphere for individuals receiving services; 
  • Serves as advocate and liaison between individuals, families, staff, and physicians; 
  • Assists clinical staff with supporting those being served and reviewing their progress in life skills and activities of daily living, and immediately consults with clinicians when consumers are in psychiatric crisis or appear to be at risk. 


  • Ability to use one’s lived personal experience of mental illness and experience with accessing different levels of care; 
  • Ability to use one's lived experience to further healthy, positive interactions with consumers at differing levels of engagement; 
  • Knowledge of the principles, process and components of recovery; 
  • Knowledge of ethics and boundaries as they relate to the peer specialist practice; 
  • Knowledge of human services available from public, private and volunteer organizations; 
  • Ability to establish rapport and maintain effective relationships and boundaries with individuals receiving services, staff, and the general public;
  • Ability to retrieve, compose and save progress notes into the electronic health record; 
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of clinical and medical records; 
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. 

Any combination of education, experience and training equivalent to: 
Graduation from high school or a G. E. D. issued by a state department of education; PLUS 
One year of experience in providing peer/recovery support services. 
  • Certificate of Completion of Wellness and Recovery Action Plan (WRAP Seminar I); 
  • Peer Specialist Certification within six months of appointment; 
  • Valid Motor Vehicle Driver’s license with fewer than six demerit points (or equivalent in another state) at time of appointment and maintained throughout employment with CSB, for positions in residential programs. 



Criminal background record check; 
TB and Hepatitis C screening upon hire and annually thereafter.
These positions are with Fairfax County, and contracted through the Laurie Mitchell Empowerment and Career Center for payroll management.  

Please forward your resume and cover letter and copy of your Peer Support Specialist Certification, or Wellness Recovery Action Plan Certification to the contacts below.  Please specify the position your are applying for in your cover letter.
Fax: (703) 461-8088
Laurie Mitchell Empowerment and Career Center
6295 Edsall Road
Alexandria, VA  22312
Attention:  CPS Positions
***December 2013 No applications accepted past December 23, 2013***

Position: Warm-Line Services – 2 Positions Open, (8 hrs/week each)
Description of Program Services:
Services include phone screening for people calling seeking behavioral health services.  Phone screening includes information gathering as well as a triage function.  Some callers may be asked to come in for a further face-to-face assessment and some callers may be referred to private providers.  People coming in for an assessment receive a comprehensive assessment to determine need for CSB service, level of care and preliminary diagnosis.  From assessment, a person may be transferred to a waiting list service in the correct level of care pending availability.  Some people may be referred to a private provider.
Jerman Town Road 
Gartlan Center
Position: Partial Day Hospitalization - 1 Position (8 hrs/week)
Description of Program Services:
Intensive, structured, multidisciplinary treatment, up to 20 hours per week, designed to meet acute care needs/crisis stabilization of individuals experiencing psychiatric or co-occurring symptoms of such severity that without an intensive intervention, hospitalization, homelessness, legal intervention or harm to self/others is expected.  Treatment can include group therapies, psycho-educational, family counseling, milieu/recreational therapy, individual assessment/treatment planning, individual counseling, case management, crisis intervention, coordination of care and medication monitoring.
Gartlan Center
Position: Residential Intensive Care Program - 1 Position (8 hrs/week)
Description of Program Services:
A community-based, highly intensive residential program that provides on-site monitoring of medication and psychiatric stability, either daily or 5 days/week.  Counseling, supportive and treatment services are provided daily in a therapeutic setting.  Level of care can range from multiple contacts several hours a day to drop-in contact once a day.  Services provided include health education, case management, targeted support services, psycho-educational training in independent living, social and interpersonal skills, crisis management, roommate mediation, and some transportation and recreational activities.
Position: New Horizons Treatment Center  1 Position (8 hours/week)
Description of Program Services:
Dual diagnosis programs are intensive treatment programs with staff onsite 24 hours per day providing intensive services to adults with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders.  These programs assist with reducing or eliminating symptoms through intensive treatment and training.  This program serves individuals with a co-occurring disorder as well as those individuals that have a severe and persistent mental illness without a co-occurring disorder.  New Horizons operates onsite treatment services as well as focuses on skill building and transitioning individuals into community living.
New Horizons, Jeff Davis Highway, South County Area
Position: Gartlan Drop-in - 1 Position (4 hours/week)
Description of Program Services:
Gartlan Drop-In is part of the PATH program.  PATH is a grant program administered by SAMHSA which serves people with serious mental illness, including those with co-occurring  substance use disorders who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of being homeless.  The majority of individuals served by PATH are unsheltered or homeless.  The primary function of PATH staff members is to provide outreach and engagement service.
Gartlan Center
Position: Gartlan Adult Partial Hospitalization - 1 Position  (8 hours/week)
Description of Program Services:
Intensive, structured, multidisciplinary treatment, up to 20 hours per week, designed to meet acute care needs/crisis stabilization of individuals experiencing psychiatric or co-occurring symptoms of such severity that without an intensive intervention, hospitalization, homelessness, legal intervention or harm to self/others is expected.  Treatment can include group therapies, psycho-educational, family counseling, milieu/recreational therapy, individual assessment/treatment planning, individual counseling, case management, crisis intervention, coordination of care and medication monitoring.
Gartlan Center

Job Opportunity with Intentional Peer Support

Job Announcement Trainer & Operations Coordinator

Based upon the work of Shery Mead, Intentional Peer Support trains and consults with practitioners of peer support in mental health and other communitybased settings both nationally and internationally. We hold a strong commitment to building community supports that provide alternatives to traditional mental health services.

Currently, we are seeking a dynamic and experienced Trainer & Operations Coordinator who will work closely with our small crew. Primary responsibilities include managing and facilitating trainings across the country, executing administrative tasks, building organizational infrastructure, and promoting IPS to a broad range of stakeholders.

Excellent written, organizational and communication skills and a willingness to travel regularly are a must. The location for this position is negotiable.

If you are interested in applying, please send a resume and cover letter by December 20th to telling us of your passion for peer support, familiarity with Intentional Peer Support, experience teaching or training groups of people, and strengths in organizational management.

Intentional Peer Support

187 Jerusalem Road, Bristol, VT 05443

(802) 453-6786 / 


Job Opportunity with The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care

Position: Executive Director, National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care
The Consumer Voice is the leading national voice representing consumers in issues related to long-term care, helping to ensure that consumers are empowered to advocate for themselves. They are a primary source of information and tools for consumers, families, caregivers, advocates and ombudsmen to help ensure quality care for the individual.
The Consumer Voice's mission is to represent consumers at the national level for quality long-term care, services and supports.
Responsibilities of the Executive Director
The executive director is the chief executive of the organization and reports to and works in partnership with the governing board. The director is responsible for developing the organization's $1.2 million budget and management and direction of staff and consultants. Principal duties include: providing leadership to guide and advance the organization's role as a national leader in bringing the consumer voice to long-term care policy; assuring sound financial management and accountability; fund development (securing adequate funding to carry out the organization's mission); and leading and managing the programmatic and administrative activities of the organization efficiently and effectively to implement the mission of The National Consumer Voice.
  • Provide leadership to guide and maintain the organization's national role as a leader in bringing the consumer voice to long-term care policy
  • Fund Development
  • Assure sound financial management and accountability
  • Provide leadership and manage the administrative activities of the organization efficiently and effectively to implement the mission of the Consumer Voice



Job Opportunity with Soteria Vermont


Soteria Vermont is seeking a psychiatrist for eight hours per week beginning February 1, 2014.  Soteria Vermont is a new residential hospitalization-alternative program for individuals experiencing an initial episode of psychosis.  The residence is located in Burlington and has the capacity to serve up to five people at a given time.  The program will serve individuals who have had minimal exposure to psychoactive medication and/or psychiatric hospitalization.  A foundational belief of Soteria is that psychosis can be a temporary experience to work through as opposed to a chronic mental illness in need of managing.  Our approach views psychiatric medication as one of many tools that an individual can utilize in navigating distress and crisis.  The individual chooses which tools they feel are most effective and helpful.  This may mean short trials of medications or no medications at all.

This is a unique opportunity to work in an alternative setting that values the autonomy and agency of the person at the center of concern.  Soteria provides a highly interactive environment with collaborative decision making.  Come work with a dedicated and motivated group.  The psychiatrist position is not responsible for supervising Soteria staff.  $120/hour compensation.  

If interested, please send your CV to Amos Meacham at or the following address: Pathways Vermont, 1233 Shelburne Rd Suite E6, South Burlington, VT 05403


Job Opportunity with Choices, Inc.

Peer Bridger Coordinator

The Peer Bridger Coordinator position offers an exciting opportunity to work for a unique mental health organization and provide Peer Support to people in transition from a hospital setting.    Using personal history and experience with behavioral health challenges he or she would guide, coach, and mentor adults who are transitioning into independent living.  This would include finding resources, building support networks, and provide “in reach” groups to mental health facilities.
Peer support includes the following:
  • Using your experience of recovery to help a young person succeed
  • Collaborating with other organizations and hospital to support recovery and independence
  • Providing one-on-one or group activities designed to share experiences, build relationships, enhance competency, and develop community living skills
  • Maintaining frequent contact with the people in order to provide support and guidance
  • Encouraging people to participate in wellness and recovery activities
Position Requirements:
  • At least 18 years of age
  • GED or High School diploma
  • Upper Level Education a plus
  • Attend and facilitate groups inside API and Providence Mental Health Unit
  • Be familiar with “Consumer Lead” outpatient services and provide community outreach to increase Peer awareness
  • Lead week Peer Support trainings to broaden understanding of Peer Support and program goals
  • Coordinate and link Peer Bridgers and volunteers with people interested in services
  • Collect data important to maintain the Peer Bridger program
  • Should be familiar with quarterly grant reporting requirements and assisting with the grant reporting process
  • Competent to provide peer support services by having experienced behavioral health issues in your life
  • Have a willingness to share this experience to support others
  • Be able to engage peers in the community
  • Be willing to participate in CHOICES’ Leadership Team
Other Requirements:   A cleared background check and current TB are required, prior to employment. CPR/First certified is also required within 30 days of employment and you must have completed WRAP or be able to complete WRAP training within the first year of employment.
Please email your letter of interest and resume to or fax it to (907) 333-4383.
CHOICES, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of the Organization to provide equal opportunity for all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, gender,  sexual  orientation,  national  origin,  age,  marital  status,  mental  or  physical  disability,  pregnancy, military or veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by state or federal law. This policy also prohibits employees from harassing any other employees for any reason including, but not limited to, race, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disabled status.