Program/Location: IMPACT (Linda Vista)
Peer Support Specialist– Mental Health Services for Assertive Community Treatment Program
Hours: 40 hours per week, Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm with select evenings and weekends
Location: IMPACT (Morena Blvd)
Pay: $16/hr. plus benefits
Typical Duties of the Peer Specialist
- Acts as an ambassador to the program by welcoming, providing orientation, and engage prospective clients to the program
- Utilizes experiences as a recipient of mental health services to enhance recovery efforts of clients within the program
- Promotes and models the concept of recovery to program participants
- Serves as a member of the multidisciplinary team and shares practical insight related to illness management, life skills, and the lifelong recovery process
- Acts as an advocate for the client when appropriate
- May assist clients by driving to appointments, benefits applications, assessing social service needs
Required Skills and Qualifications
- High School diploma/GED or some college strongly preferred
- Minimum of four years of experience providing related services to the disabled population is ideal; with Bachelor’s degree, two years’ experience is acceptable
- Must have experience in recovery as a consumer or family member of a consumer of mental health services; training as a Paraprofessional required after hire if not before
- Previous experience working in mental health services is an advantage
- First Aid/CPR certification is required and must be kept current during employment
- Proficiency in MS Office applications, specifically Word and Excel
- Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment is essential
- A valid California driver’s license in good standing and eligibility to be an approved CRF driver is required to fulfill the essential functions of this position. In addition, proof of insurance is required prior to driving personal vehicles on company business.
- Ability to pass criminal/background clearance
CRF: Why It’s A Great Place To Work!
Community Research Foundation inspires and mentors the next generation of mental health professionals! Our accredited programs reach various demographics, so you can gain experience with almost any sector of mental health services.
At CRF, we are constantly evolving and developing fresh approaches to meet the needs of San Diego County’s residents who are experiencing mental/behavioral health challenges.
CRF takes your dedication seriously, and provides benefits to help you balance your work life and your personal life. Our full-time (30 hours or more) staff may earn up to 24 days of PTO per year plus generous holiday schedules; we offer top-of-the-line medical insurance, dental plans, paid life insurance, vision plans…and really generous retirement benefits. We also provide access to student loan repayment/forgiveness programs for graduates.
We have strong internal advancement options, so there are opportunities for you to grow within our company.
Come join us!!
l services, on an annual basis. It is our pledge to provide behavioral health and psychosocial rehabilitative services that are culturally sensitive to those we serve.
IMPROVING AND ENRICHING THE LIVES OF EVERY INDIVIDUAL AND FAMILY WE SERVE
CRF, in partnership with our clients and stakeholders, designs, delivers and evaluates innovative and exemplary behavioral health services in a manner that is both culturally and trauma competent, providing these services with integrity, compassion, and a strong focus on wellness. We also inspire and mentor the next generation of behavioral health professionals.
CRF embraces the concept that persons affected by mental illness and co-occurring mental health and substance use problems can and do recover when provided with appropriate and adequate treatment, activities and supports. This includes access to culturally appropriate, recovery-focused care within the individual's own community provided in the least restrictive level possible. Our child, youth and family programs are family-centered and designed based upon wraparound philosophy.
Community Research Foundation serves adults with serious mental illness, many with a co-occurring substance use problem, as well as seriously and emotionally disturbed youth and children.
General Areas of Service
Short Term Acute Residential Treatment (START) programs (alternative to hospitalization for adults)
Transitional Living Residential Program for Adults
Outpatient Clinics for Children and Adults
Walk-In Urgent Care Clinic for Adults
School-Based Counseling Programs
Assertive Community Treatment (ACT)
Outpatient Psychosocial Rehabilitation Programs
Client-Directed Psychosocial and Vocational Clubhouses
CalWorks Specialized Mental Health, Substance Abuse, and Domestic Violence Program