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Mental Health Peer Policy Fellow

Posted May 31, 2024

Job Title: Mental Health Peer Policy Fellow
Reports to: Advocacy Director
New or Existing: New, Full-time
Starting Salary: $58,000 annual + benefits
Duration: This position is grant funded and will run from July 1, 2024 - June 30, 2026
Location: Austin, TX

About CTD

The Coalition of Texans with Disabilities (CTD) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with a mission to ensure that people with disabilities may live, learn, work, play, and participate fully in their community of choice. More about our work.

Job Description

CTD seeks to fill a full-time Mental Health Peer Policy Fellow position in Austin, TX. With an eye on the 2025 Legislative session, the Fellowship will focus on mental health supports available to Texas children and youth with disabilities and their families. Under the direction and mentorship of CTD’s Advocacy Director, the Fellow will engage in a variety of professional developmental activities, acquire a sound knowledge of public policy, and work hands-on in Texas’ oldest and largest cross-disability advocacy organization. The individual will have significant professional responsibilities and will contribute meaningfully to our mission, while developing the skills and experience needed to work effectively at the state and community levels.

Applicants must have lived experience with mental health systems. We define “lived experience” as someone who has personal or familial experience of receiving and/or coordinating mental health and/or substance use services within various systems in Texas (for example, state hospitals, the public mental health system, child welfare, schools, juvenile justice, etc.). The peer policy fellow will be willing to share their experiences to advocate within the policy and advocacy workspace.


Build a deep understanding of policy regarding Texans with disabilities. Become adept at working with and training self-advocates with diverse backgrounds and their families. Develop the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities to become an effective member of the developmental disability and cross-disability communities.


People with disabilities strongly encouraged to apply.


$4,833/mth (Based on annual salary of $58,000) + benefits

CTD offers excellent benefits, including health insurance, dental insurance, vision, 3% match for personal IRA accounts, free on-site parking, ability to work from home, generous paid personal time off, and holidays.

Submittal Instructions

Email a cover letter, resume, and two references to Advocacy Director Jolene Sanders, subject line "CTD Peer Policy Fellow Position." The cover letter should describe your interest in the position and include a detailed explanation of how your experience meets the minimum qualifications and prepares you for the responsibilities outlined in the job description. No phone calls please.

This posting will remain open until the position is filled.

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