Peer Specialist Openings in Culver City and Glendale California!
Leverage Your Life Experience to Impact People's Lives at a Leader in Mental Health Services
Expand Your Skills · Excellent Training · Career Options · Great Culture
Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services has been a leading provider of community mental health and substance use services since 1942. Dedicated to serving communities where stigma or poverty limits access, Didi Hirsch helps more than 90,000 children and adults each year from 11 locations and 100 schools throughout Los Angeles and Orange counties. We are committed to excellence, diversity and opportunity, and our staffers are dedicated and enthusiastic individuals who make a difference in the lives of the children, adults and older adults we serve.
If you combine a passion for helping others with the insights that only come from lived experience, this position offers you multiple opportunities:
- The role is broad, making it ideal for expanding your skills and experience in case management, direct service, crisis intervention, community linkages and more.
- In fact, the position is about much more than connecting clients with resources -- you also will help people build valuable life skills.
- Through our dedicated Training Division, we provide extensive professional development programs, in class and online.
- You'll find a strong family-like culture here; people enjoy working together to help some of the most vulnerable members of our communities to improve the quality of their lives.
Your responsibilities will depend on the program to which you are assigned, but in most cases you will be part of a multidisciplinary treatment team. In this role you will:
- Coordinate peer-led groups and individual peer counseling sessions.
- Maintain documentation of all groups and individual counseling sessions, and ensure compliance with Didi Hirsch policies and procedures, contracts and other regulatory agencies.
- Provide crisis intervention and facilitate conflict resolution among the program participants.
- Lead peer run group-sponsored trips and social functions.
- Develop and maintain peer advocate skills through seminars, workshops or other forms of training/education.
- Consult with management before making decisions about programming and services.
- Attend and actively participate in all team and staff meetings, community meetings and supervision/consultation.
- Provide linkage, case management and advocacy services to clients.
- To meet the basic qualification for this role, you will have legal authorization to work permanently in the United States for any employer without requiring a visa transfer or visa sponsorship. In addition, to be a good fit for the Peer Specialist opportunity, you will have:
- Certification as peer specialist through the completion of a qualifying training program.
- Experience navigating the mental health system as a consumer, or lived experience in substance use/ addiction recovery or mental health.
- A high school diploma or GED.
- Working knowledge of peer social support services including peer led groups.
The ability to:
- Learn and apply Didi Hirsch policies and procedures, HIPAA, policies and documentation guidelines, and county, state and federal regulations relating to service programs for individuals and families with a history of mental illness and/or substance use.
- Support the values and mission of Didi Hirsch as related to employment.
- Basic advocacy skills.
- Bilingual fluency in Spanish, Armenian or Farsi is required at some locations.
- The ability to utilize analysis, experience and judgment to make decisions within policies and practices.
- Computer proficiency, including the ability to use the Microsoft Office suite and electronic health record (EHR) applications.
- A current California driver's license, car insurance and a driving record acceptable to Didi Hirsch's insurance carrier.
Just as important will be the following competencies and characteristics:
- Strong initiative and self-motivation.
- The ability to:
- Contribute as an active member of a multidisciplinary team.
- Manage multiple tasks and priorities effectively in a fast-paced environment.
- Present ideas, information, and viewpoints clearly.
- Adapt to changing needs by acquiring new skills and knowledge.
- Exceptional verbal and written communication skills, including a proactive approach to gathering and sharing information with the team.
Patience in navigating complex public and private support systems and resources.