|Title:||Family Peer Support Specialist / Mental Health - Anne Arundel County (DJS)|
|Mental Health:||Mental Health|
|Substance Use/Problem Gambling:||N/A|
Founded in 1999, Maryland Coalition of Families (MCF) is a statewide nonprofit with a central office in Columbia, Md., and staff located in communities throughout the state. Using personal experience as parents, caregivers, youth and other loved ones, we connect, support and empower Maryland’s families. Our staff provide one-to-one support to parents and caregivers of young people with mental health issues and to any loved one who cares for someone with a substance use or gambling issue. We also advocate to improve systems that impact individuals with behavioral health challenges.
The Maryland Coalition of Families (MCF) has a part-time (30 hour/week) employment opportunity for a Family Peer Support Specialist (FPSS) to serve families in Anne Arundel County. The FPSS must have experience as a primary caregiver of a youth, adolescent, or young adult who has/had mental health needs and who has been involved with the juvenile service system. The FPSS, after completing our free training and orientation program, will provide family-to-family support, education, advocacy, coaching, information, referrals and follow-up to families involved with the Department of Juvenile Services (DJS).
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Provide education and support to families referred from DJS to negotiate their way through the social, legal, educational and health care systems.
- Facilitate a process for families to develop a plan to: clarify the problem(s); provide emotional support; identify needs and strengths; and identify resources including appropriate levels of services, entitlements, community resources and other natural supports.
- Assist families and youth to build their own community based support network, and ensure that their goals are integrated into one unified plan as necessary.
- Facilitate families accessing supports and services by: sharing information about resources and supports; making phone calls to connect families with resources; providing guidance in completing forms and applications; supporting families to fully understand their rights; reviewing documents such as IEPs or reports with families to ensure they fully understand documents; empowering families to effectively articulate their concerns and needs; accompanying families to meetings; and educating families on laws, policies and procedures.
- Build and maintain strong partnerships with DJS staff as well as agencies and providers of services related to behavioral health and other child-serving systems.
- Ensure that families are equal partners in planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating their own plans.
- Facilitate training workshops in assigned region for families that are involved with DJS as assigned in contract deliverables.
- Facilitate open house events in assigned region for families and community partners as assigned in contract deliverables.
- Partner with other members of the Peer Support team to create and maintain a centralized, updated directory of behavioral health resources, including support meetings, screening and referrals for treatment, family education groups therapeutic and/or pro-social recreation, volunteer training opportunities and other services designed to meet the needs of their family.
- Collaborate with other MCF staff to develop supportive and educational programs that empower families.
- Partner with other MCF staff to serve families of youth/young adults with complex needs.
- Administrative duties to include maintaining client files, submitting required documentation, active participation in supervision and in MCF internal and external training opportunities.
- Personal, lived experience as a primary caregiver of a youth, adolescent or young adult who has/had intensive mental health needs or substance use challenges is required.
- Personal, lived experience with the Department of Juvenile Services on behalf of a youth, adolescent, or young adult is required.
- Prior experience assisting other families to obtain appropriate services and supports for their child and family members is desirable.
- Familiarity with state and local resources and how to access them.
- Willingness and strong ability to build and maintain partnerships with agencies and providers.
- Active listening skills for providing peer support and engagement to families.
- Strong written and oral communication skills.
- Strong computer skills and the ability to efficiently utilize internet search to identify resources.
- Ability or willingness to learn how to use a database (Salesforce).
- Current Maryland driver’s license and access to own vehicle; in-state travel required.
- Successful completion of a background check (required for all MCF employees).
- 30 hours/week
- Flexible work schedule
- Salary commensurate with experience. Salary range $15-19 per hour.
To be considered for this position, you must submit (along with your resume) a cover letter describing your relevant lived experience as the primary caregiver or loved one of an individual with mental health, substance use or problem gambling challenges. Please provide details regarding what services and resources you have used to support your loved one. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
Please note that mailed or faxed resumes will not be considered. No phone calls please.
Maryland Coalition of Families is committed to hiring a diverse and talented workforce. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer – all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, marital status, national origin, disability, veteran status or any other classification protected by applicable discrimination laws.