Region 2

Northern Virginia
Where to Earn Your Hours

Here is a list of organizations in Northern Virginia that have expressed willingness to help peers earn the 500 hours of direct peer support experience necessary for certification. This list of organizations was developed thru research by members of the Region 2 committee of the Virginia Recovery Initiative (VRI). We encourage individuals to call the contacts listed in this document.

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(This document is current as of October 2022.)

Organization Name: Alexandria Dept of Community and Human Services

Contact Name: Connie Juntunen, Director of Community Support Services; Nichole Rohrer, Team Leader, West End Wellness Center and TRAILS

E-mail: [email protected]; [email protected]

Phone: 703-746-3629; 703-746-3550

County: Alexandria City

Briefly describe available opportunities (e.g., paid or unpaid, telework or onsite, how to apply, etc.):

Unpaid opportunities to provide peer support, including 1:1’s and groups with Wellness Center, TRAILS, and other programs for persons with mental illness or co-occurring (MH/SU) diagnoses. Apply by calling or emailing Connie Juntunen or Nichole Rohrer.

Organization Name: Alexandria Dept of Community and Human Services

Contact Name: Jonathan Teumer, Team Leader Mental Health Jail Services

E-mail: [email protected]

Phone: 703.746.5087

County: Alexandria City

Briefly describe available opportunities (e.g., paid or unpaid, telework or onsite, how to apply, etc.):

Once pandemic restrictions are lifted, there will be unpaid opportunities to provide in person 1:1’s and groups at Sober Living Unit and Critical Care unit of Alexandria Adult Detention Center. Apply by calling or emailing Jonathan Teumer.

Organization Name: Arlington County

E-mail: www.governmentjobs.com/careers/arlington/

Phone: 703-228-7499

County: Arlington

Briefly describe available opportunities (e.g., paid or unpaid, telework or onsite, how to apply, etc.):

For vacant PRS positions: employment is contingent upon getting certified within 6 months (12 months for part-time). The 500 hours can be received on the job. No volunteer opportunities for 500 hours.

Organization Name: Arm and Arm

Contact Name: Kelvin Manurs

E-mail: [email protected]

Phone: (571) 245-4568

County: Prince William

Briefly describe available opportunities (e.g., paid or unpaid, telework or onsite, how to apply, etc.):

Arm and Arm has volunteer opportunities on Tuesdays and Fridays at the Peer Institute in Fairfax.

Organization Name: Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board

Contact Name: Cynthia Evans, Office of Individual and Family Affairs

E-mail: [email protected]

Phone: 703.207.7769

County: Fairfax

Briefly describe available opportunities (e.g., paid or unpaid, telework or onsite, how to apply, etc.):

The Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board (CSB) employs approximately 40 peer specialists. These positions require obtaining peer specialist training within 3 months of hire, and certification within 1 year. Full-time positions are highly competitive, and most applicants will already have certification.

Employment
These peer specialists work in wide variety of programs including Residential programs, Outpatient, Assertive Community Treatment, Emergency services, Jail-Based, among others.

Information on the peer support specialist job classification, including salary information and requirements is listed here: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/fairfaxcounty/classspecs/969801

Full-time (merit) positions openings are listed at: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/fairfaxcounty

Part-Time (non-merit) position openings are listed:
https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/hr/non-merit-fairfax-county-jobs

These include positions working 30 hours/week with partial benefits, and 20 hours/week with no benefits.

Volunteers
Currently, the CSB does not use peer support volunteers.

To learn more about peer support opportunities at the CSB, contact [email protected]

Organization Name: GMU- Empowered Communities Opioid Project -A grant project under Mason’s School of Nursing

Contact Name: Katrina King

E-mail: [email protected]

Phone: (571) 789-6876

County: Prince William

Briefly describe available opportunities (e.g., paid or unpaid, telework or onsite, how to apply, etc.):

The project has unpaid internship opportunities providing peer support at the Mason and Partners clinics held around Northern Virginia. The clinic serves individuals who are seeking medication for substance use disorder (buprenorphine, vivitrol, etc.), actively seeking both MH/SA peer interns, with heavy emphasis on SA peers.

Organization Name: Laurie Mitchell Empowerment & Career Center (LMECC)

Contact Name: Heather Peck

E-mail: Please contact: [email protected]

Phone: (703) 461-3886

County: Fairfax County

Briefly describe available peer support opportunities (e.g., paid or unpaid, telework or onsite, how to apply, etc.):

LMECC delivers supervision enabling people to earn their 500 hours of Peer Recovery Specialist service delivery to employees only. (No volunteer opportunities for the 500 hours.)

Organization Name: NAMI National

Contact Name: Dawn Brown

E-mail: [email protected]

Phone: (703) 524-7600

County: Arlington

Briefly describe available opportunities (e.g., paid or unpaid, telework or onsite, how to apply, etc.):

During an average 4-hour shift, a volunteer can expect to help between 12 to 20 Help Seekers with a wide variety of concerns and conditions. Currently, all Helpline volunteers from across the nation work remotely which requires only a computer with a strong and stable Wi-Fi connection. All volunteers are either living with a mental health condition or they are a family member/caregiver. Shifts are M-F from 10 AM – 10 PM, ET. Information about the Helpline is available at www.nami.org/help.

There are several steps involved in becoming a Helpline volunteer:

  1. Reviewing the volunteer description at https://nami.applicantpro.com/jobs/2464083.html and be willing to commit to completing 20 hours of onboarding training within a three-week period.
  2. Completing the application located at the above link.
  3. Accepting an interview with a Helpline staff member.
  4. If both agree that serving for the HelpLine is a good fit, join the NAMI HelpLine volunteer team by completing your onboarding and committing to one or more shifts per week.

Organization Name: NAMI Prince William

Contact Name: Patricia Victorson

E-mail: [email protected]

County: Prince William

Briefly describe available opportunities (e.g., paid or unpaid, telework or onsite, how to apply, etc.):

NAMI Prince William has limited volunteer opportunities as support group leaders and/or educators. Currently these are positions that require training which happens once a year. Trainees must have “lived experience” with mental health conditions, either as a peer in recovery or a family member.

Organization Name: NAMI Virginia

Contact Name: Mary Beth Walsh, Director of Adult and Family Programs

E-mail: [email protected]

Briefly describe available opportunities (e.g., paid or unpaid, telework or onsite, how to apply, etc.):

NAMI Virginia provides a Peer Support Specialist Certification Guide that shares details of what NAMI offers to support Peers in obtaining needed experience hours for certification. Contact Mary Beth Walsh for details.

Organization Name: PRS, Inc.

Contact Name: Brittney White

E-mail: [email protected]

Phone: (571) 585-8808

County: Fairfax, Loudoun, Arlington

Briefly describe available opportunities (e.g., paid or unpaid, telework or onsite, how to apply, etc.):

PRS, Inc. hires individuals who are already a CPRS or on track to becoming a CPRS. A person can obtain the 500 hours needed for certification while employed. We proudly support peers in professional development and growth.

We are able to point peers to other community opportunities for volunteer hours but do not have volunteer position open for peers at this time.

Organization Name: PathForward

Contact Name: Harry Ayling, LCSW, ACS

E-mail: [email protected]

Phone: 703-228-0472

County: Arlington County

Briefly describe available opportunities (e.g., paid or unpaid, telework or onsite, how to apply, etc.):

The Homeless Services Center (HSC) at PathForward has volunteer opportunities Monday-Wednesday for peer supports who need to acquire experience towards the 500 hour requirement for certification. The HSC is located at 2020A 14th Street N in Arlington, Virginia. This is a dynamic setting and a great learning environment for aspiring peer supports. Interns will be working one-on-one with residents but will have opportunities to facilitate groups if appropriate. One hour per week of clinical supervision with the behavioral health therapist will be provided. The HSC provides much more than emergency housing. They focus on restoring clients to stability and maintenance of functioning. Apply by calling or emailing Harry Ayling.

Organization Name: PWC CS

Contact Name: Ashley Rushing

E-mail: [email protected]

Phone: 571-235-6181

County: Prince William County

Briefly describe available opportunities (e.g., paid or unpaid, telework or onsite, how to apply, etc.):

For vacant PRS positions: employment is contingent upon getting certified within 6 months. The 500 hours are only received through employment. Some positions are grant funded (temporary positions.)

Organization Name: Recovery Program Solutions of VA

Contact Name: Michelle Hurrell

E-mail: [email protected]

Phone: Main phone # 703-964-6073; leave a message: “PRS seeking 500 hours/mentorship” referred to Michelle Hurrell.

County: Fairfax, Alexandria, Arlington, Loudoun, Prince William

Briefly describe available opportunities (e.g., paid or unpaid, telework or onsite, how to apply, etc.):

Anyone from the region can volunteer for PRS hours at any of the following programs:

  • Arlington Peers Helping Peers in Recovery
  • Consumer Wellness Center
  • South County Recovery and Drop-In Center
  • Virtual Groups & Zoom Chats
  • Merrifield Peer Resource Center

The volunteers would go through an official background check and application process by HR. After together determining what program is a good fit, the volunteer would be connected to the respective Program Coordinator for that program for orientation, scheduling, training, etc.

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