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Youth Advocate (20hrs/wk) - Child & Family Services, WISe Team at Kitsap Mental Health Services

Posted in Nonprofit - Social Services 30+ days ago.

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Type: Part-Time
Location: Bremerton, Washington

Job Description:

KMHS is Kitsap’s nonprofit, designated community mental health provider for adults with acute and/or chronic serious mental illnesses, and children with serious emotional disturbances and their families. During 2016, KMHS provided services to more than 6,800 children and adults. On WA’s beautiful Kitsap Peninsula, offers easy access to both the pristine wilderness of the Olympic Peninsula and the big-city lights and culture of Seattle. We offer competitive salary, benefits & a positive work environment. Inpatient, residential, and outpatient treatment services offer evidence-based treatment, using trauma informed care to help people reach their recovery goals. We offer whole person care through mental health and substance use treatment and care management, close care coordination with on-campus and community-based primary care providers, and with partner PCHS, now offer dental care to KMHS clients and the community. Many community partners assure people receive behavioral health care in the right place, in the right way, at the right time. Together we are weaving a web that connects emergency room and hospitals, substance abuse treatment, and primary care providers; creates partnerships for early intervention at home and school, supports multiple law enforcement, jail, and justice endeavors, and works to ensure housing, food, and other social supports together with social service agencies and community collaborations. The Kitsap Mental Health Services community fosters a culture of hope and empowerment through a safe, welcoming environment, compassionate relationships, and a commitment to respecting life experiences. KMHS is a tobacco/smoke-free and scent-free facility


To Support youth and families that have serious emotional disturbance in identifying goals that promote recovery and resiliency. Improve the operations of KMHS in support of its stated mission.

To provide the highest level of customer service to internal and external customers. Partner with youth, parents, and provider in advocating for children with complex behavioral and emotional challenges.

Provide peer support services with WISe team staff and assist them in building a network of support. Empower families by assisting in skill-building and instilling hope.

Demonstrating recovery and serve as an ambassador providing guidance and advocacy to child and family service systems.


  • Providing peer counseling and support, drawing on common experiences as a peer to youth by encouraging them to regain hope in and control over their own lives and family environment. Promote self-determination, empowerment, personal responsibility for recovery and wellness and assist youth and parents/caregivers to advocate for themselves and their families. Provide information about wraparound services, process, and procedures including the Youth Advocate role to assist them to successfully engage.

  • Partner with WISe team clinicians and other members of the family team in creating wellness plans that empower clients to reach life goals. Collaborate with the treatment team to promote a team culture in which each client point of view, experiences and preferences are recognized, understood and respected and in which client decision making in treatment planning is maximized and supported.

  • Assist families in gaining skills having their voices heard in treatment and other system settings

  • Participate in Child and Family Team (CFT) meetings to ensure access, voice and choice within the wraparound process and to support the family’s connection to the CFT members as necessary. Support additional meeting’s as needed including Kitsap Shared Resources, Individualized Education Plan (IEP) conferences, Kitsap County Court proceedings and Family Team Decision Making (FTDM) meetings with Washington State Division of Child & Family Services (DCFS).

  • Assist Care Coordinator in developing a self-directed recovery action plan using wraparound principles. Work to identify individual strengths of members, advocates for members to participate in their own support plan. Assist family members in identifying barriers to achieving the support plan.

  • Maintain a certification as a Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths Assessor and administer this screening in person and over the phone as necessary to clients, caregivers, clinicians, social workers, and other community members.

  • Utilize appropriate crisis intervention techniques for client stabilization. Formulate clinical decisions and make appropriate referrals.

  • Maintain complete and timely documentation of clinical files and gathering and maintaining data information in accordance with agency policies and procedures

  • Maintain required levels of productivity and performance standards and meet all required work deadlines.

  • Maintain appropriate professional boundaries while working with families.

  • Seek appropriate clinical supervision where necessary, particularly around boundary issues, and attend appropriate agency trainings as determined by the WISe Clinical Supervisor.

  • In addition to the above, any other responsibilities appropriate to the position and not specifically listed in the job description.


High school diploma or equivalent. Must be self-identified past consumer of mental health services and/or involvement with a mental health system. Working knowledge of community resources. Must be at least 21 years of age. Completion of the Washington State Mental Health Division’s Peer Counselor Training and the subsequent certification as a Peer Counselor within six months of employment. Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license and an acceptable motor vehicle report and reliable, insures transportation. Willingness for training and to share personal experiences.


While performing the duties of the job, the Youth Advocate is required to walk, sit, use hands and fingers, talk and listen.