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Field Assessor, Recovery Residences (FT Contractual) Repost

Recruitment #22-000476-0002






MDH Behavioral Health Administration, Catonsville MD 21228

Main Purpose of Job

The main purpose of this full-time contractual position is to assist with the certification of Recovery Residences in compliance with HB 1411 (2016) legislation. A “recovery residence” is a dwelling unit or other form of group housing by any person or entity that provides alcohol and illicit free housing for individuals with substance use disorders. These residences are not clinical treatment facilities. However, residences may receive clinical services provided by other providers to address their treatment needs.

This position will perform field assessments of recovery residences going through the process of certification both initial and renewals. This position will provide support to the Manager of the Maryland Certification of Recovery Residences and Director of Maryland Certification of Recovery Residences. This position will work with the owners, staff and residents of the recovery residences to complete the certification process. Additional duties include tracking information for recovery residences in the certification process, sending out notifications on when the next renewal will occur. This position will be knowledgeable about the National Alliance of Recovery Residences (NARR) 2018 Quality Standards.

This position plays a significant role in the mission of the Maryland Department of Health, Behavioral Health Administration, Clinical Services Division. The mission of MDH’s BHA is to develop an integrated process for planning, policy and services to ensure a coordinated quality system of care is available to individuals with behavioral health conditions. BHA through publicly funded services and support will promote recovery, resiliency and health and wellness for individuals who have or are at risk for emotional, substance use, addictive and/or psychiatric disorders. This position will ensure there are quality recovery residences for individuals on their path of recovery.

This position is eligible for hybrid telework which is subject to change as necessitated by operations and customer service demands.


Education:  A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in nursing, social work, psychology, education, counseling or a related field.

Experience: Three years of professional experience in health services, two years must have been in the Addiction option.


1. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in a health or human service field for one year of the required general experience.

2. Experience in the Addiction option must be as follows: professional work related to treatment and services for persons with alcohol or other substance use addiction.

3. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in another field plus one additional year of professional experience in health services for the required education.

4. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer in Health Care Administration classifications or Civil Affairs Specialist specialty codes in the health related field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience and education.


The desired candidate should possess previous experience with recovery residences.


Applicants who meet the minimum (and selective) qualifications will be included in further evaluation. The evaluation may be a rating of your application based on your education, training and experience as they relate to the requirements of the position. Therefore, it is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application. Please report all related education, experience, dates and hours of work. Clearly indicate your college degree and major on your application, if applicable. For education obtained outside the U.S., any job offer will be contingent on the candidate providing an evaluation for equivalency by a foreign credential evaluation service prior to starting employment (and may be requested prior to interview). 

Complete applications must be submitted by the closing date. Information submitted after this date will not be added. 

Incorrect application forms will not be accepted. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application.

Candidates may remain on the certified eligible list for a period of at least one year. The resulting certified eligible list for this recruitment may be used for similar positions in this or other State agencies.


Contractual employees who work for an agency covered under the State Employee and Retiree Health and Welfare Benefits Program, have a current employment contract and work 30 or more hours a week (or on average 130 hours per month) may be eligible for subsidized health benefits coverage for themselves and their dependents. As a contractual employee, you will be responsible for paying 25% of the premiums for your medical and prescription coverage, including any eligible dependents you have enrolled. The State of Maryland will subsidize the remaining 75% of the cost for these benefits. You can also elect to enroll in dental coverage, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, and life insurance, but will be responsible to pay the full premium for these benefits.

Leave may be granted to a contractual employee who has worked 120 days in a 12 month period. This leave accrues at a rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked, not to exceed 40 hours per calendar year.


Online applications are highly recommended. However, if you are unable to apply online, the paper application (and supplemental questionnaire) may be submitted to MDH, Recruitment and Selection Division, 201 W. Preston St., Room 114-B, Baltimore, MD 21201. Paper application materials must be received by 5 pm, close of business, on the closing date for the recruitment, no postmarks will be accepted.

If additional information is required, the preferred method is to upload.  If you are unable to upload, please fax the requested information to 410-333-5689. Only additional materials that are required will be accepted for this recruitment. All additional information must be received by the closing date and time.

For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact the MDH Recruitment and Selection Division at 410-767-1251.

If you are having difficulty with your user account or have general questions about the online application system, please contact the MD Department of Budget and Management, Recruitment and Examination Division at 410-767-4850 or

Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available upon request by calling: 410-767-1251 or MD TTY Relay Service 1-800-735-2258.

We thank our Veterans for their service to our country.

People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruitment, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State's diversity.

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