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Peer Recovery Specialist-family Support Partner (bilingual) at Arlington County, VA

Peer Recovery Specialist-family Support Partner (bilingual)

Arlington County, VA Arlington, VA (Onsite) Part-Time
Position Information

Arlington County's Children's Behavioral Health Bureau, Child and Family Services Division within the Department of Human Services has a unique opportunity for a Bilingual Peer Recovery Specialist-Family Support Partner to join a dynamic and innovative team of professionals. The Bureau is responsible for providing comprehensive mental health and substance use services to help children and youth to function adequately in their environments and help their families support them. Services for children and adolescents are provided in their homes, school, or community. Peers empower clients through their own lived experience and become a model of recovery for clients, their families and the community.

Family Support Partner (FSP) services can be provided as a standalone service or as a part of a High-Fidelity Wraparound team which are strength-based, individualized, person-centered, and growth-oriented support which assists in promoting family advocacy, resiliency, and self-determination. These services are provided to the parent/caregiver of a youth or young adult under the age of 21, who has behavioral health, developmental, and/or substance use challenges which may put them at risk of being placed out of the home, resulted in hem being placed in a higher level of care and returning to their home community, or may have led them to be involved in multiple child-serving agencies. The services provided to the parent/caregiver must be exclusively in support of and for the benefit of the youth and family in need of services.

Specific duties include:

* Supporting and promoting an environment that emphasizes opportunities for all individuals to achieve wellness, while honoring family culture, voice, and choice;
* Serving as mentors, role models and "system navigators" to youth and families and connecting them to the resources and services necessary to support their individual growth and success;
* Assisting youth and families in understanding the key roles of professionals involved in their team, including behavioral health, child/youth welfare, legal and courts-based professionals, for example, and how to navigate their related systems;
* Collaborating with the youth and family's professional and natural support team to ensure the family's strengths, culture, and vision are utilized to address their identified needs;
* Building trust with parents/caregivers by engaging in a confidential, respectful, non-judgmental, and supportive relationship and helping them gain knowledge and skills to promote self-efficacy;
* Documenting work with families in an electronic health record as required, including detailed progress notes, and co-creating and implementing service plans;
* Participating in case and supervisory consultation as required and bringing concerns to the attention of the care coordinator and supervisor for discussion;
* Providing emergency crisis intervention to maintain safety and to provide services in the best interest of the youth; and
* Completing all training related to High Fidelity Wraparound and Family Support Partners and/or Peer Recovery Specialists, as required by agency.

The ideal candidate will exhibits independence, decisiveness, and responsibility to be able to clearly and persuasively communicating decisions to stabilize safety and avert additional crises; general knowledge of Child and Family Services Division mission statement and practice model to provide information, resources and behavioral health services to children and families.

DHS- Arlington County DHS is committed to delivering client services in an effective, equitable, respectful, and trauma-informed manner. Our staff is dedicated to ensuring our clients are approached, engaged and cared for in ways that demonstrate competency, sensitivity and awareness of factors which impact the client experience including but not limited to: cultural identity, gender, racial, and ethnic diversity, religious/spiritual ascription, physical capability, cognitive and literacy levels, sexual orientation, and linguistic needs. Selection Criteria

Peer Recovery Specialist-Family Support Partner: Must have experience as the primary caregiver of a child with emotional, behavioral or mental health and/or substance use challenges. Applicant must be able to provide proof of lived experience relevant to the Peer Support Specialist role.


* Completion of the requirements for graduation from high school or GED program;
* Must have experience navigating Virginia behavioral health systems as a primary caregiver to a child which includes specifically navigating the mental health, substance use, educational, employment, legal, child welfare, and/or housing systems and resources;
* Bi-lingual (Spanish and English).


* Certification as a Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS) and Registration as a Peer Recovery Specialist (RPRS) in Virginia within six months of hire (may be extended to one year for part-time positions). Application, requirements, and instructions can be found on the Virginia Department of Health Professions Webpage. [ Link removed ] - Click here to apply to Peer Recovery Specialist-family Support Partner (bilingual) and [ Link removed ] - Click here to apply to Peer Recovery Specialist-family Support Partner (bilingual) />* Completion of Virginia DBHDS 72-hour Peer Recovery Specialist training within 90 days of hire.

Substitution: Completion of coursework in Social Work, Sociology, Psychology, Special Education, Mental Health, or Counseling from an accredited college or university may substitute for the experience requirement.

Desirables: Preference may be given to candidates with experience in one or more of the following:

* Certification as a Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS)
* Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) Facilitator Certification
* Whole Health Action Management (WHAM) Facilitator Certification
* High-Fidelity Wraparound - Family Support Partner training
* Proficiency in Microsoft Office
* Working as part of a professional team and addressing the needs of families and children from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural populations.

Special Requirements

An assessment of verbal Spanish proficiency is required before a candidate can be appointed to a bilingual position (English/Spanish). The incumbent in a bilingual position will receive the language pay premium on all hours worked.

Applicant must possess, or obtain by time of appointment, a valid motor vehicle operator's license from the applicant's place of residence or the applicant must have the ability and willingness to use alternative methods of transportation to perform assigned duties and responsibilities at locations other than the primary worksite. The applicant must authorize Arlington County to obtain, or the applicant must provide, a copy of the applicant's official

state/district driving record. Any offer of employment may be contingent upon a favorable review of the applicant's driving record.

A pre-employment criminal records check will be conducted. It may include checks of the following: criminal record, driving record, education, professional licensure, and credit history.

Applicant may be required to sign a release authorizing the County to obtain your background information.

Applicant may be required to complete a pre-hire federal background check and State of Virginia Central Registry check.

Employment restrictions: To ensure that dual relationships are avoided and that employees who are also clients do not relate to their service provider as co-professionals, employees will not be hired by the County to provide or support services to the team or program in which they are current clients:

* You cannot concurrently receive behavioral health services from Arlington County Community Service Board (CSB) programs while employed in an Arlington County CSB program (exception Crisis Intervention services).
* At least 24 months must have passed between receipt of CSB services from Arlington County and employment in an Arlington County CSB program.

Covid-19: Arlington County Government is committed to the health, safety and wellness for all staff. In support of that commitment, all current and newly hired employees are required to provide proof of Covid-19 vaccination. For those qualified employees with a disability or sincerely held religious belief which prohibits them from receiving a vaccine, you will be able to contact the Office of Human Rights to request a reasonable accommodation. Adherence to this policy is a condition of employment. Additional Information

This position is funded with ongoing State funds.

Work hours: Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m., at least two evening hours (until 8:00 p.m. required), 40 hours per week.

This recruitment may be used to fill future, similar, vacancies in the future.


NOTE: This position is listed as "open continuous." Interested applicants are advised to submit their applications as soon as possible. Applications will be reviewed, and qualified applicants referred on a continuous basis. Interviews will be conducted on a regular basis throughout the recruitment with candidates whose qualifications best fit our needs. If your application is received later in the recruitment process, it may not be reviewed or considered. The application process will close when the position has been filled or when a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received.

Your responses to the supplemental questionnaire are considered part of the selection process and are required for this position. Please do not give "see resume" as a response to the questions. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Arlington County Government employee benefits depend on whether a position is permanent, the number of hours worked, and the number of months the position is scheduled.

Specific information on benefits and conditions of employment can be found on the Arlington County Human Resources Department website:

Permanent, Full-Time Appointments

All jobs are permanent, full-time appointments unless otherwise stated in the announcement. The following benefits are available:

Paid Leave: Vacation leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. Leave accrual increases every three years until eight hours of leave are earned biweekly for twelve or more years of service. Sick leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. There are eleven paid holidays each year.

Health and Dental Insurance: Three group health insurance plans are offered - a network open access plan, a point-of-service plan, and a health maintenance organization. A group dental insurance plan is also offered. The County pays a significant portion of the premium for these plans for employees and their dependents. A discount vision plan is provided for eye care needs.

Life Insurance: A group term policy of basic life insurance is provided at no cost to employees. The benefit is one times annual salary. Additional life insurance is available with rates based on the employee's age and smoker/non-smoker status.

Retirement: The County offers three vehicles to help you prepare for retirement: a defined benefit plan, a defined contribution plan (401(a)), and a deferred compensation plan (457). The defined benefit plan provides a monthly retirement benefit based on your final average salary and years of service with the County. You contribute a portion of your salary on a pre-tax basis to this plan. General employees contribute 4% of pay; uniformed public safety employees contribute 7.5% of pay. Employees become vested in the plan at five years of service. The County also contributes to this plan.

For general employees, the County also contributes 4.2% of pay to a defined contribution plan (401(a)) . The County also matches your 457 contribution, up to $20 per pay period, in this plan. The 457 deferred compensation plan allows you to set aside money on either a pre-tax (457b) or post-tax (457 Roth) basis up to the IRS annual limit. New employees are automatically enrolled with a pre-tax contribution equal to 2% of your base pay.

Other Benefits: The County also offers health, dependent care, and parking flexible spending accounts; long-term care insurance; tuition assistance; transit and walk/bike to work subsidies; a college savings plan; wellness programs; training opportunities; and a variety of other employee benefits.

Permanent, Part-Time Appointments:

Part time employees who work ten or more hours per week receive paid leave and benefits in proportion to the number of hours worked per week.

Limited Term Appointments:

Benefits are the same as permanent appointments except that the employees do not achieve permanent status.

Temporary Regular Appointments:

Temporary regular employees who work 30 hours or more per week are eligible for health, dental, and basic life insurance as described above. They are also eligible for vacation, sick leave, and paid holidays.

Temporary Seasonal and Occasional Appointments:

Temporary employees who work on a seasonal basis or variable hours receive sick leave, but do not normally receive other paid leave or benefits. Exceptions are noted in individual announcements.


This position requires that the employee must be the current or former biological or adoptive parent or person in the parent role who has been the primary caregiver of a child with emotional, behavioral or mental health and/or substance use challenges. Are you able to attest to this requirement?

* Yes
* No


Highest level of education completed.

* High School Diploma or equivalent
* Bachelor's Degree or higher in a Human Services related field
* None of the above


Please describe your years of full-time experience providing supportive services to youth with mental illness or with substance use disorders in a clinical setting (community- based, hospital, or shelter). Please include the names of the employers, dates of employment, hours, and duties. (Experience listed here should be clearly indicated on application)


Please check ALL that describe your background.

* Peer Recovery Specialist Certification
* WRAP Facilitator Certification
* WHAM Facilitator Certification
* Virginia DBHDS 72-hour Peer Recovery Specialist training;
* High Fidelity Wraparound- Family Support Partner training
* None of the above


Are you sufficiently proficient in speaking and understanding Spanish to discuss a client's needs and respond to questions about contacts, habits, and self-care?

* Yes
* No

Required Question

Agency Arlington County

Address 2100 Clarendon Blvd, Suite 511

Arlington, Virginia, 22201


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Recommended Skills

  • Behavioral Medicine
  • Child Adolescent And Family Services
  • Child Protection
  • Communication
  • Consulting
  • Crisis Intervention
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