Mental Health Systems, Inc.

  • Peer Specialist

    Job Locations US-CA-San Diego
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    Other Specialties
    Regular Full-Time
  • About our Program and Organization

    Assertive Community Treatment Intensive Outreach Needs (ACTION) Central, a hybrid integrated program, provides permanent supportive housing integrated with Assertive Community Treatment plus Intensive Outreach Needs services for homeless adults (18 years of age or older) in San Diego’s Central and North Central regions. The ACTION program offers treatment services to homeless adults with a Serious Mental Illness or co-occurring diagnosis, and Drug Medi-Cal certified Alcohol and Other Drug treatment recovery services to homeless adults who have a primary diagnosis of a Substance Use Disorder. Services include housing outreach, management/engagement of sponsor-based rental subsidies, and treatment recovery services.


    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”. MHS offers a generous benefits package including medical, dental, vision, company sponsored retirement plan, employee assistance program, generous holidays, vacation, and sick.

    Job Summary and Responsibilities

    The Peer Specialist utilizes his or her experiences as a recipient of mental health services to enhance recovery efforts of clients. He or she serves as a member of a multidisciplinary team and shares practical and personal experience, knowledge and insight related to illness management, life skills, and the lifelong process of recovery. The Peer Specialist actively promotes greater understanding of clients’ points of view and preferences. The Peer Specialist also fulfills duties related to supportive counseling, rehabilitation, and collateral interactions with natural supports. The range of authority and decisions making for this position is limited to and consistent with MHS Policy for Peer Specialist staff. This position reports to the Licensed Mental Health Clinical Supervisor.



    • Provides peer counseling and support, drawing on own experiences as a consumer to build trust and commonality. 
    • Serves as a mentor to clients, and families and promotes empowerment and hope.
    • 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.
    • Advocates for clients by educating about grievance or complaint procedures.
    • Serves as part of the on-call team, fulfilling all duties of this program component. Provides services after-hours as required by contract.
    • Provides education and support to clients about stigma and ways to combat it.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Displays regular and reliable attendance. Reports to and departs from work on time, as scheduled, and accurately reflects all time on time card.
    • Successfully functions as a team member.


    • 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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