Job Opportunity at the STAR Center


Project Director, STAR Center
Posted Date: 11-Jul-2013 (EST)
Closing Date: 10-Aug-2013 (EST)
Department: STAR Center
Location: Arlington, VA, USA
Employment Type: Full Time
NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness) is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons living with mental illness and their families. NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, supports and research.
We currently have an opening for a Project Director of the STAR Center. The STAR Center is funded by a grant from the Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and provides support, technical assistance and resources to assist consumer-operated and consumer-supporter programs in meeting the needs of under-served populations. Specifically, the STAR Center's focus areas are cultural competence and diversity in the context of mental health recovery and consumer self-help and self-empowerment. In addition to serving as a national technical assistance center, the following regions have been designated asSTAR Center focus regions/states:  Washington DC, Rhode Island, New Mexico and Puerto Rico.  
NAMI seeks a highly able leader with demonstrated experience in assisting consumer-operated and consumer-supporter programs in meeting the needs of under-served populations. An ideal candidate will have personal experience with mental illness, combine substantive expertise in consumer/peer-run program approaches and related issues, including cultural competence and recovery-oriented self-help and empowerment program development with strong managerial skills, federal grant management experience and a passion for NAMI's mission. 
The Project Director has responsibility for the overall design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of grant activities consistent with NAMI's mission and SAMHSA requirements.
Travel:  Travel Required
Reports To:  Chief Operating Officer 
*This position is grant-funded.
Essential Functions:  
  • Oversees program activities, ensuring integration and alignment with NAMI and grant goals and objectives
  • Ensures full compliance with the terms of the CMHS National Consumer & Consumer Supporter Technical Assistance Centers grant and SAMHSA grant requirements, including oversight of grant allocations, reporting and annual renewal processes 
  • Designs, oversees, documents and evaluates project activities  
  • Develops and disseminates one-on-one and group support, technical assistance and resource to assist consumer-operated and consumer-supporter programs in meeting the needs of under-served populations  
  • Contributes to the formation, interpretation and promotion of policies related to improving mental health service delivery and disseminates tools, resources and information in support of this focus 
  • Coordinates, presents and participates in meetings and conferences, representing the Center for Mental Health Services' National Consumer and Consumer-Supporter Technical Assistance Centers (NCCS-TAC) and NAMI 
  • Works with consumers, cooperating services providers/ agencies and various stakeholders to improve policies and strategies in support of best practices and standards that help promote recovery and full integration of people with psychiatric disabilities in the community  
  • Supervises project staff.  
Minimum Qualifications:  
  • Minimum of seven to ten years working in mental health field serving in a supervisory or leadership capacity
  • Leadership of, or active engagement in, consumer programs, in cultural outreach and self-help adaptation, employment and training, community integration/ participation, political advocacy, and work with underserved populations
  • Strong history of accountability in grant oversight
  • Demonstrated history of strong program, budget and resource management
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Research/programming experience in consumer self-help and empowerment
  • Experience in policy analysis and presenting to policy makers and mental health stakeholders
  • Sensitivity to the variety of issues affecting people living with mental illness
  • High degree of flexibility, leadership and interpersonal skills. 
Desired Qualifications:  
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish)
  • Previous experience with grant management
  • Personal experience with mental illness.  

  • Bachelor's Degree, or equivalent experience, in psychology, public policy, organizational management or related field.
Must pass background check. 




Job Opportunity with Consumer Link Peer Respite House


Nassau County, Long Island



  • Do you believe that you have found skills and strategies to support your recovery and that you have a strong handle on dealing with personal crisis situations?
  • Do you believe that there are alternative ways to deal with crisis situations other than emergency rooms or inpatient units?
  • Do you believe that all individuals can enhance their health and wellness and work productively on their recovery?

Then read on….

Consumer Link has been providing an array of peer services for 20 years.  We are pleased to announce that we will be opening a new and innovative Peer Respite House (name to be determined).  A respite house is a wellness-oriented service offered in a comfortable, home-like environment where services are available 24/7 and guests can stay for 2 – 5 days to deal with emotional crisis among supportive peer staff.  The goal of the program is to assist individuals to break the home to hospital chain – to utilize discomfort as an opportunity to find solutions and to grow in recovery rather than move into crisis. 

We are interviewing for various positions (paid and volunteer) in the house and are particularly in need of individuals willing and able to work through the night.


HOUSE MANAGER:   Responsible for assisting with (and overseeing, when necessary) all aspects of the overall administration, operation, management, and development of the Peer Respite House.

Brief Qualifications/Experience:  Bachelors Degree, preferred.  Previous experience supervising and work history providing  peer support services, preferred. Current or former experience with mental health system and willingness to share personal and practical experience/ knowledge.  Well-developed understanding of recovery vs. illness based system.  Vision of hope for, and comfort with, people experiencing crisis/emotional distress. 


PEER COMPANION (full time and part time):  Utilize personal experience and respite training to guide individuals toward personal recovery strategies through mutual peer support and companionship. Instill hope, support wellness and demonstrate that recovery is real.  Support the belief that crisis is an opportunity to reduce or eliminate involvement with emergency room and/or inpatient hospital settings.  Availability for emergency staff coverage a plus.

Brief Qualifications/Experience:   High school diploma.  Work or volunteer work providing peer support, preferred.  Current or former experience with mental health system and willingness to share personal and practical experience and knowledge.  Well-developed understanding of recovery vs. illness based system.  Vision of hope for, and comfort with, people experiencing crisis/emotional distress. 


PART TIME AND PER DIEM WARM LINE WORKER:  Answers warm line providing support, information, and guidance in problem resolution.  Believes that mutuality is the best tool for each individual to best benefit from support.  Assesses and responds to emergent nature of call, if necessary.  Availability for emergency staff coverage a plus. 

Qualifications/Experience:  High school diploma, preferred.  Work or volunteer work providing peer support, preferred. Current or former experience with mental health system and willingness to share personal and practical experience and knowledge.  Well-developed understanding of recovery vs. illness based system.  Vision of hope for, and comfort with, people experiencing crisis/emotional distress. 


Please reply to:

Barbara Tedesco (btedesco@mhanc.org)

MHA, 16 Main St., Hempstead, NY  11550

Fax:  516-485-4314

Telephone:  516-489-0100 X1201



Job Opportunity with Community Residences

Community Residences - Peer Counselor-Crisis Stabilization   (Part Time)

Opportunity in: Northern Virginia
Peer Counselor-Crisis Stabilization
The Peer Counselor is responsible for providing leadership through encouraging individuals in the crisis stabilization program to recognize that recovery from mental health symptoms and/or substance use is possible. Peer Counselors educate individuals and model the steps and actions of the recovery process.
The Peer Counselor is a  QPPMH or QMHP-Adult who is or has been a recipient of mental health services for severe and persistent mental illness. The peer specialist shall be a fully integrated team member who provides peer support directly to individuals and provides leadership to other team members in understanding and supporting individuals' recovery goals. 
Principal Duties and Responsibilities
  • Participates as member of residential crisis stabilization team, maintaining effective inter and intra-agency working relationships
  • Demonstrate a positive regard for consumers and their families (e.g., from a trauma informed perspective provides treatment collaboratively with consumers respecting them as individuals, allowing risk-taking, avoiding stereotypes, respecting consumers' and families' privacy, advocacy, believing in consumers recovery and that they are valuable members of society)
  • Demonstrate sound clinical skills including those associated with advanced communication skills
  • Ability to work effectively and collaboratively with individuals with mental health and/or substance use/intellectual disability who are experiencing a psychiatric crisis
  • Ability to work effectively and collaboratively with individuals with TDO/NGRI/Other Court mandated status
  • Develop essential therapeutic relationships that foster independence and support recovery and the change dynamic
  • Provides short term crisis intervention services, in conjunction with the crisis stabilization team and individuals served, including intake, assessment, psychiatric, substance and suicidality monitoring, linkage and follow up with therapists/case managers.
  • Assists QMHP with assessing, planning, linking, monitoring, and advocating for individual needs and services.
  • Demonstrates the lived recovery experience from mental health symptoms and/or substance use and models the steps and actions of the recovery process.
  • Leads program groups and activities to support individuals and provides education about recovery from mental health and/or substance use.
  • Provides individual and group psycho-education regarding the steps in the recovery process, including identifying desires, hopes and dreams through dialog and active listening, including Illness Management and Recovery trainings.
  • Assists consumers with problem solving and goal setting to move into the recovery process to achieve crisis stabilization, short term and long term goals and dreams.
  • Facilitates the development of WRAP plans and Crisis Intervention Plans to foster resilience and  reduce the incidences of high cost psychiatric interventions
  • Encourages the identification and use of natural supports and community based services to return the individual to previous, or higher level of functioning
  • Educates about and encourages individuals regarding the self-administration of medications.
  • Consults with other service providers, family, and significant others.
  • Complete all documentation effectively, thoroughly, and in a timely manner.  Maintain clinical and financial documentation in compliance with all relevant regulations and policies
  • Provides specialized assistance or instruction to individuals in the completion of  Activities of Daily Living (bathing, toileting, dressing, etc)
  • Follows all CR policies including maintaining a safe and secure environment.
  • Responsible for professional development, e.g., attends professional trainings and seminars related to work in the mental health field, substance use, intellectual disability and court mandated status/TDO
  • Participates in required staff and supervision meetings on a regular basis.
Other Functions

  • Communicates effectively and clearly to all staff
  • Maintains professional conduct and appearance
  • Attends and participates in scheduled team meetings and trainings
  • Promotes continuous quality improvement and professional empowerment
  • Performs other duties as assigned by supervisor.
Minimum Qualifications Required

Education, Experience, Licensure:
Qualified Mental Health Professional-Adult (QMHP)
  • Must possess a Bachelor’s Degree in the Human Services Field
  • Must have a minimum of 1 year supervised experience in the field of mental health
Qualified Paraprofessional in Mental Health (QPPMH) 
  • Registered with the United States Psychiatric Association (USPRA) as an Associate Psychiatric Rehabilitation Provider (APRP); 
  • has an associate's degree in a related field (social work, psychology, psychiatric rehabilitation, sociology, counseling, vocational rehabilitation, human services counseling) and at least one year of experience providing direct services to individuals with a diagnosis of mental illness; 
  • has a minimum of 90 hours classroom training and 12 weeks of experience under the direct personal supervision of a QMHP-Adult providing services to individuals 
Physical Demands
  • Some lifting, assisting with self-care
Working Environment
  • Crisis stabilization program
  • Direct supervision by the Crisis Stabilization Director
Location: Alexandria
Schedule: Tuesday-Saturday 8:00 am-12:00 pm (20 hours)
Benefits: Eligible 

Job Opportunity with the Delaware Consumer Recovery Coalition

Administrative Director 

Location: Wilmington or Dover Offices
Deadline: Applications accepted until position is filled.
Position Type: Full time - Independent Contractor
At the present time, there is no formal benefit package or tax withholding. Contractor per-hour wages to be paid on a semi-monthly basis. Contractor is responsible for payment of applicable taxes. Further clarification and support delivered upon successful hire. This is anticipated to be a full-time, 40-hour/week position.




The DCRC, a non-profit which advocates for civil and human rights for persons recovering from mental health conditions, is seeking applicants interested in social justice advocacy for/with people recovering from mental health conditions. The Administrative Director will support and collaborate with the Executive Director on all projects of the Delaware Consumer Recovery Coalition (DCRC).




Applicants must be activists, gifted communicators, flexible, resourceful, and open-minded. Necessary skills include event planning, record keeping, website management, and ability to facilitate self-help/advocacy groups.
Activities generally include but not limited to:
  • meetings with policy makers and practitioners in behavioral health field
  • some travel out of state for conferences and meetings
  •  developing relationships with state representatives and senators
  • grassroots organization of meetings, people, and events
  • technological support and online image development 
  • record keeping including billing and expenditures
Preferred qualifications:
  • personal experience in recovery from mental health struggles 
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field
  • years of experience in field, preferred but not necessary
Contact: Send resume and cover letter to info@delawarerecovery.org. Direct additional inquiries to Bryce Hewlett at (302) 689-3272 or bryce@delawarerecovery.org.

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,datkins@declasi.org