About the Role
Cal Voices has an immediate opening for a full-time (37.5 hours per week) CSOC Bilingual Family Advocate in Placer County’s Children’s System of Care. This position is employed by Cal Voices, but is co-located within one of Placer County’s facilities in Auburn and North Lake Tahoe, CA. Under the supervision of Cal Voices CSOC Program Manager and CSOC Program Supervisor, this position serves as a core member of Placer County’s multidisciplinary teams within the Children’s System of Care, partnering with representatives from children’s mental health, child welfare, foster care, juvenile probation, and/or education services to offer maximum support for families of children and youth with severe behavioral, emotional, or mental health disorders. CSOC Family Advocates are a vital resource for parents/caregivers, assisting them in navigating the system and finding appropriate resources in their home communities. They also provide individualized advocacy, mentoring, education, and peer support, using their personal lived experience to establish credibility, rapport, and trust with family members. Finally, CSOC Family Advocates represent the parent/caregiver perspective on the system level, helping to shape Placer County’s programs, services, and policies in response to family needs and concerns.
Cal Voice is a peer-run, grassroots mental health advocacy agency. Candidates must have personal lived experience as the parent/primary caregiver of a child or youth with a behavioral, emotional, or mental health challenge and must also speak Spanish fluently. Applicants must have functional knowledge of California’s Public Mental Health/Behavioral Health System, the Children’s System of Care (including children’s Behavioral health services, the child welfare/foster care system, and the juvenile probation system), self-help and resiliency principles, and fundamental principles of peer support and family advocacy. Qualified individuals who have received public mental health services in any California county, who are bilingual/bicultural, and members of traditionally underserved groups (LGBTQ, racial/ethnic minorities, immigrants/refugees, veterans, formerly homeless) are encouraged to apply. This position must maintain Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialist Certification. Parent, Caregiver, and Family Member Specialization.
Personal Lived Experience
- As the parent/primary caretaker of a child or youth with complex behavioral health needs
Education and Work Experience
- A high school diploma or its equivalent
Professional Credentials (A + B)*
A. - Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialist Certification (MPSS) that is current and in good standing;
B. - Parent, Caregiver, and Family Member Specialization
*Applicants who do not already possess these credentials must acquire them within 90 days of their hire date.
- A current and valid Class “C” California Driver License
- Immediate access to reliable personal transportation throughout the workday
- Auto insurance coverage that meets the minimum legal requirements in California
- Ability to perform all of the Job Duties for this position, with or without a reasonable accommodation
- Possession of the Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities for this position
- Ability to meet all of the Physical and Mental Requirements for this position
- Ability to pass a criminal background screening, if offered this position
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