Mental Health Systems, Inc.

  • Peer Specialist

    Job Locations US-CA-Santee
    Req No.
    Peer/Children/Family Support
    Regular Full-Time
  • Program/Department Description

    Mental Health Systems, Inc. (MHS) was founded in 1978 to provide mental health and drug and alcohol rehabilitation services in an innovative and cost-effective manner. We continue to ensure that the delivery of these services conforms to the MHS core values.  Our goal is to improve lives and instill hope by using new and creative treatment strategies while respecting time-proven methods of intervention.


    MHS is a Drug-Free workplace therefore all staff must comply with Drug-Free Workplace requirements regarding alcohol and drug use. MHS performs post-offer substance abuse testing on all employees. MHS provides a full range of benefits to regular employees. These benefits include paid vacation, sick time, and holidays, partially paid employee health insurance, flexible spending account, paid employee long-term disability insurance, an MHS funded profit sharing plan, and an individual employee-funded 403(b) plan. Eligibility for benefits is contingent upon employment status; see MHS Employee Handbook for full details. Eligible part-time employees will receive benefits on a prorated basis. Eligibility for employment with MHS requires satisfactory criminal background clearance including conviction records.

    Position Description

    • Serves as a mentor to clients, and families to promote empowerment and hope, and while drawing on own experiences as a consumer to build trust and commonality provides peer counseling and support.
    • Provides expertise and consultation to other staff members from a mental health consumer perspective in order to enhance empathy and professional effectiveness.
    • Promotes a team culture characterized by openness to clients’ experiences and encouragement of self-determination throughout treatment planning process.
    • Provides education and support to clients about stigma and ways to combat it, and advocates for clients by educating about grievance or complaint procedures.
    • Provides education and support to family members, including peer and family run support groups.
    • Serves as liaison between the team and consumer-run programs, and encourages clients’ use of these.
    • Serves as part of the on-call team, fulfilling all duties of this program component, and provides services after-hours as required by contract, and provide ongoing ‘side-by-side’ services related to skills development.
    • Maintains knowledge of best practices by reading appropriate publications, attending seminars, conferences, and other training as necessary.

    Education/Experience Requirements

    • Self-acknowledged mental health consumer who has or is receiving services for serious mental illness.
    • High School Diploma or G.E.D. and at least one year’s experience working in a social service setting serving individuals with mental illness.


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