Mental Health Systems, Inc.

  • Peer Support Specialist (Culinary Focus)

    Job Locations US-CA-OCEANSIDE
    Req No.
    Regular Part-Time
  • About our Program and Organization

    The Mariposa Clubhouse is a bio-psychosocial rehabilitation program serving individuals living with mental health issues. Clubhouse members participate in social, educational, and vocational activities that promote self-reliance. Trained staff provide side-by-side support as clubhouse members work towards achieving their goals.


    Mental Health Systems is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization committed to delivering innovative mental health, substance abuse, supportive housing, veteran, and recovery services. MHS provides over 75 broad-ranging programs that offer safety-net services and employs over 800 dedicated individuals across 6 California counties; Contra Costa, Fresno, Kern, Kings, San Bernardino, and San Diego.  At Mental Health Systems, our workforce is dedicated to unlocking the potential and improving the lives of every individual, family, and community struggling with mental health, substance use disorders, and lack of affordable housing. For 40 years, Mental Health System’s client-centered, strengths-based solutions have been designed to offer comprehensive, culturally competent programs that embody our core values of Excellence, Hope, Action, Innovation, Integrity, and Dignity. Our mission is to improve the lives of individuals, families, and communities impacted by behavioral health challenges.  MHS has a commitment toward reducing stigma and improving access to care using the principle of “whatever it takes”. 

    Job Summary and Responsibilities

    The Peer Support Specialist will use their experience and knowledge to mentor to those members who set employment as a goal. Provide assistance and guidance to Clubhouse members so that members can achieve their highest potential in all life skills. Use his/her unique life and recovery experiences to mentor Clubhouse members. Function as a colleague and role model working in partnership with Clubhouse members and other staff in all facets of the Clubhouse program.This position will focus on meal preparation.



    • Consistently engages and involves members in all aspects of the unit, including activity and work planning.
    • Consistently encourages members to assume leadership roles within the unit.
    • Provides wide range of work opportunities to unit members.
    • Works side by side with members as colleagues.
    • Ensures that unit meetings happen on a regular basis.
    • Maintains inventory of necessary supplies.
    • Responsible for maintaining a clean and orderly environment using universal precautions
    • As advocates for assigned members, staff members provide case management services and advocacy within the Clubhouse and the community.
    • Assists members with all community living issues, such as negotiating with roommates, neighbors, landlords, housing authorities, and the legal system.
    • Completes goal sheets with members every 6 months or more frequently at member's request and updates emergency fact sheets annually or as needed.
    • Attends team meetings / case conferences at member's request.
    • Maintains open and positive relationships with other service providers with member's consent.
    • Gains knowledge of entitlement programs, such as SSI, SSDI. Assists and educates members in negotiating all relevant social service systems.
    • Works with members on life skills as needed, e.g. banking or medication management.
    • Expected to augment his/her knowledge and understanding of the Clubhouse model / philosophy by reading Clubhouse journal articles, visiting other Clubhouses and attending Clubhouse trainings, workshops and conferences. When fiscally
    • feasible and the opportunity arises, staff members will attend a 3-week Clubhouse colleague training.
    • Demonstrates an ability to articulate the goals, objectives and philosophy of the Clubhouse model.
    • Consistently refers to members as members and relates to them as colleagues.
    • Demonstrates an adherence to the Clubhouse philosophy/model in her/his daily conduct.
    • Responsible for meal preparation.


    • Peer employment training from Recovery Innovations.
    • Lived experience navigating mental health services.
    • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite.
    • Experience preparing meals.


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