Peer Support Specialist

Position: Peer Support Specialist
Department: Behavioral Health Department
Accountability: Clubhouse Manager
Job Status: Part-time
Classification: Hourly, Non-Exempt (~25 hours per week)
Salary: $11.50 – $13.50 per hour

The Peer Support Specialist is accountable to the Clubhouse Manager for the provision of a wide range of peer support services to assist members in regaining control over their own lives and over their own recovery process. The PSS provides both direct and indirect support services to members using Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Recovery principles.


  • Participate in the intake/assessment process with members
  • Lead support groups in health and wellness, co-occurring disorders, recovery planning, employment support, etc.
  • Participate in the development of WRAP plans with members and treatment teams
  • Help organize monthly social activities open to all members
  • Develop and assist members in developing community support and resources
  • Assist members in conducting daily activities at the clubhouse
  • Provide consumer assertiveness and advocacy training
  • Data entry and maintenance of county required charts, reports, and outcome measures
  • Maintain confidentiality and privacy standards of client protected health information and other information and materials in accordance with agency policies and applicable regulations and laws including HIPAA
  • Assist with revision and replenishment of forms, as needed
  • Adhere to and uphold the standards of DCS as mandated by its’ mission, purpose, guiding principles and standards of quality
  • Attend staff meetings, county meetings, mandated trainings and support team meetings regularly
  • Participate in development, implementation and evaluation of agency procedures
  • Maintain warm, welcoming office grounds and facilities


  • General office work, filing
  • Complete other duties as assigned


  • Current or former recipient of behavioral health services or family member of a person meeting that criteria and a willingness to acknowledge this experience to members and others, as appropriate
  • Knowledge of behavioral health issues or experience working in social services field
  • Knowledge of San Diego resources and public transportation
  • Willingness to take peer counseling classes
  • Access to reliable transportation
  • Must be able to pass required background clearance (DOJ clearance)


  • Work well in a team-oriented, culturally diverse environment; required
  • Flexibility and strong organizational skills
  • Understand and carry out verbal/written directions
  • Use a computer to maintain accurate records/files
  • Effective communication, including presentation skills
  • Good to excellent ASL skills

At-Will: Employment with DCS is an “At-Will” relationship.

DCS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Application Closing Date:Open Until Filled
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