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Community Mental Health Affiliates, Inc. (CMHA)





Community Mental Health Affiliates, Inc. (CMHA) Is Hiring A Bilingual Family Support Specialist - $3k sign-on bonus!

Join our team in Waterbury, CT!

$3k Sign on Bonus included ! 1500.00 sign on bonus paid at completion of 6 months of service and remaining $1500.000 at 1 year at completion of service


As a 2022 Hartford Courant Top Workplace and one of the largest behavioral health care providers in Connecticut, we have 40 years of experience in delivering mental health and addiction services to over 7,300 children, adolescents, and adults annually.

Internal mobility is a focus at CMHA with 6 members of our leadership team growing from individual contributors to Senior Leaders.

CMHA is looking to hire a Family Support Specialist for our Intensive Family Preservation. This position will be located in Waterbury.

Position Summary: The Family Support Specialist provides support, education, and intervention in the home, community or office setting to assist caregivers in optimizing functioning in order to minimize family risk factor. Family Support Specialists (FSS) will work independently and part of a team in a solution-focused manner to help families develop the skills necessary to ensure a safe and secure home environment for their children. Such tasks may include, supporting families to access basic needs, household organization, parenting strategies and attachment, support around mental health and substance use challenges and reintegration of the children back into the family. FSS candidate should have a passion for supporting families outside of a traditional behavioral health office setting, ability to independently problem-solve in times of crisis, flexibility in scheduling and decision-making and strong organizational and documentation skills.


  • High School Diploma
  • Valid DMV License
  • BMT, First Aid, CPR Accredited Triple P Parent Educatorall training provided
  • Successful experience working with children and families in child welfare, daycare, school settings; preferably a minimum of three years
  • Beginner to intermediate experience with Microsoft Office products including Word and Outlook

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bilingual in Spanish or Portuguese
  • Bachelor's Degree in behavioral health field
  • Experience in an Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system
  • Certified in BMT, First Aid, and CPR
  • Accredited Triple P Parent Educator


  • Conduct thorough assessments based on program responsibilities.
  • Provides short-term case management services, advocacy, and linkages to services.
  • Develop an understanding of parenting skills, child development and caregiver/child attachment.
  • Develops, implements, and reviews on an ongoing basis targeted treatment/service plans.


  • Successful experience working with children and families in child welfare, daycare, school settings; preferably a minimum of three years.
  • Beginner to intermediate experience with Microsoft Office products including Word and Outlook.
  • Experience in or the ability to learn how to use an Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system; which includes appointment scheduling, authorization tracking, assessments, treatment plans, progress notes, and discharge summaries.

COMPENSATION RANGE-$20-$27 an hour


We care about our employees by offering Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance packages that help you strike a harmonious work-life balance. We also care about your future with a 403(b) retirement savings plan with CMHA matching starting after 1 year of service. CMHA also offers:

  • 9 paid holidays off
  • 2 CHMA/Personal days for you to have the opportunity to celebrate the important traditions of the year with your loved ones
  • Up to 24 days of PTO that increases with years of service
  • Paid agency closure between Christmas and New Year's (except 24/7 programs)*must be approved annually
  • Company paid Life Insurance and Long Term Disability
  • A comprehensive Employee Assistance Program (EAP) that offers counseling, coaching, and wellness resources for staff as well as members of their household
  • Higher education tuition discounts at participating schools through the Alliance's academic partnerships
  • Free ongoing professional development opportunities and continuous access to Continuing Education Units (CEUs), featuring comprehensive training in Evidence-Based Practices, such as EMDR, DBT, and CBT.
  • Employee discounts for shopping, the New Britain YMCA, travel, and entertainment
  • Free employee subscriptions to the calm app
  • Annual Company Picnic
  • CMHA-sponsored Loan Reimbursement Program and Scholarship Program
  • Free Student Loan Wellness for eligible employees and their family members access to:
  • Student loan consolidation and refinancing
  • Loan payoff projection dashboard
  • Coaching and support via chat, email, and phone
  • College cost calculator
  • College financial planning
  • 3 NHSC-approved sites for federal student loan repayment
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Enhancement for eligible employees access to:
  • Automated Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) form management for past and present employers
  • Automated reminders for annual (PSLF) recertifications to help you stay on track
  • Resources and ongoing communications that make PSLF understandable
  • The opportunity to receive the national average of $72,000.00 in forgiveness

Community Mental Health Affiliates is an Equal Opportunity Employer except in the case of a bon fide occupation qualification or as otherwise permitted or required by law, does not discriminate of the basis of race, color, age, disability, sec, childbirth (including pregnancy) or related medical condition including by not limited to lactation, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran or military status, religion, national origin, ancestry, marital or familiar status, genetic information, status with regard to public assistance, citizenship status or any other characteristic protected by applicable equal employment opportunity laws.

Any individual needing assistance in making application for any opening should contact the Company's Human Resources Department.