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Job Title: PEER SUPPORT SPECIALIST

Salary: $40,000/Annually

Reports to: Clinical Coordinator

Job Summary: 

The Peer Support Specialist will be a Certified Peer Specialist and this position is designated for a person who identifies as having a lived experience with mental health recovery and/or recovery from substance use, and is willing to use and share his or her personal, practical experience, knowledge, and first-hand insight to benefit the team and its clients. The Peer Support Specialist will be expected to work one-on-one with referrals from mental health courts, probation, forensic liaison, and shelters to provide ongoing supports clients may need to avoid incarceration in the future. The Peer Support Specialist will be expected to engage clients prior to release from jail to develop reentry plans that ensure a smooth transition to back into the community. After release, the Peer Support Specialist will provide both personal encouragement and practical assistance. The peer specialist engages in non-directive and supportive relationships that promote empowerment and self-learning; provides peer counseling and consultation to individual clients, families, and team members; acts as a liaison with community resources; carries out rehabilitation and support functions; and assists in substance abuse services, education, support and consultation to families, and crisis intervention under the clinical supervision of the Program Manager. Services are provided based on Recovery tenets and are aimed to promote self-determination and the overall health and well-being of persons served.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Participate in planning for services for clients, through face-to-face meetings and facilitation of group discussions.
  • Assist reentry participants in completing required assignments.
  • Meet with clients on an on-going, as needed basis on and off site and be available via email and cell phone for support, advice, and guidance
  • Participate in team meetings.
  • Participate in regularly scheduled on-going trainings and supervision
  • Assist in connecting clients to community-based support resources, and other ancillary services.
  • Maintain client charts and notes, update after each interaction with client.

Requirements (MQs): 

  • High School Diploma or GED; an Associate’s Degree from a two or four year college is strongly preferred.
  • The Peer Specialist must meets standards for certification as a peer specialist 
  • Good understanding of diversity issues and ability to work cooperatively and respectfully with a diverse team of co-workers and a diverse client population.
  • Good oral and legible written communication skills.

Send resume and cover letter to:

Dina Mayfield, MBA, MHSR, MA
Director of Shared Services
1918 University Avenue, Suite 2A
Berkeley, CA 94704
dmayfield@self-sufficiency.org