Peer Support Specialist

A Peer Support Specialist is a person who uses their own experience of recovery from mental health disorders to support others in recover. You must meet this basic requirement to qualify to apply for this position.
Job Description
Under the supervision of the Coordinator of Peer and Family Support Services, the Peer Support Specialist is responsible for providing peer support services to current and former participants of Prevention and Recover in Early Psychosis Alameda County (aka PREP). He or she will work with the Coordinator on stigma reduction, wellness and whole health education, and recovery-oriented peer support program services.
The Specialist will connect with the Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services Stigma and Discrimination Reduction Campaign, the Office of Consumer Relations, the Pool of Consumer Champions, PEERS, Alameda County Network of Mental Health Clients and other consumer-centered efforts toward wellness, empowerment, and stigma-reduction in order to bring relevant information to PREP participants, family members and staff.
The Peer Support Specialist will provide individual peer support to PREP members and will encourage development of community amongst program members, through peer support and education groups. The Specialist will also organize occasional PREP community events bringing together participants, graduates, families and staff. In addition, the Specialist will help connect PREP youth with other TAY oriented agencies, such as Downtown Tay, Youth in Mind, Reach Ashland or Townhouse, HEDCO and The Spot. The Specialist will maintain a monthly calendar of free or low-cost events in the community.
The Peer Support Specialist will connect with local and national recovery-oriented, peer-centered efforts to bring best practices in peer support back to the PREP program and provide PREP participants, family members and staff information and linkage to these local and national efforts. The Specialist will also work with former participants of PREP Alameda and mentor graduates who want to become advocates or peer supporters as well as supporting opportunities within PREP for graduates.
The Peer Support Specialist will create and maintain recovery-oriented content for educational materials and stigma-reduction campaign for web-based media and will assist in training staff on the use of non-stigmatizing, person-centered, and value-neutral language and share information on recovery-oriented, whole health approaches. The Specialist will serve as a voice for peer concerns in staff meetings and case conferences, required county meetings and/or work-groups and at conferences.
The Peer Support Specialist must have knowledge of peer support approaches and should have experience within a mental health system through personal experience receiving care. The Specialist must be able to communicate effectively with diverse groups, orally and in writing; work effectively with people with mental health challenges and their families; understand and maintain confidentiality of protected health information; be well organized and manage time well. Experience in facilitating groups, teaching young adults, working in a team, and participating in inter-agency collaboration is desirable. Knowledge of mental health challenges, mental health systems of care, Alameda County community resources, and the concepts of wellness and recovery and peer-driven care is an advantage. A willingness and ability to be trained in areas where knowledge is lacking is essential. Bilingual/bi-cultural applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.
Other Requirements:
Must have access to a vehicle to get to office, meeting locations and other community settings. The Specialist must also possess a valid California driver license, carry vehicle liability insurance with at least $100,000/$300,000/$100,000 limits, and have an acceptable motor vehicle report, as determined by the Mental Health Association's insurance broker. .
Hours of Work:
This is a full-time position. Work hours will include some evenings and weekends. Occasion travel to conferences may be required.
$3,000 per month, DOE. Employee benefits include paid holidays, vacation and sick leave as well as employer-paid health and dental coverage.
If interested please send resume/contact Stella Allison at
Open until: 
Saturday, October 14, 2017