Mental Health Systems, Inc.

  • Peer Support Specialist

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

    The North Star Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) program provides intensive and all-inclusive case management and outpatient/rehabilitation services to homeless mentally ill individuals, and incorporates a supported housing component.  The program is dedicated to the treatment and recovery of adults living with a serious mental illness in San Diego’s North County. Our clients have been homeless or are at risk of homelessness and may also have a co-occurring substance abuse disorder. We offer recovery focused wraparound services, and help our clients become more productive community members, providing services that build on their strengths and further their recovery.


    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.   Since 1978, 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. 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 for eligible employees.

    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.



    • Provides peer counseling and support, drawing on own experiences as a consumer to build trust.
    • Serves as a mentor to clients, and families and promotes empowerment and hope.
    • Provides advocacy 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.
    • 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.


    • Experience working with consumers of mental health services.
    • Associates degree strongly preferred.
    • Fluency in English required; Fluency in Spanish, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Arabic or other threshold language preferred.


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