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Peer Specialist (5649)  (Regular Part-Time, Hourly)
Program/Location: Sunny Views

CRF inspires and mentors the next generation of mental health professionals!

We are constantly evolving and developing fresh approaches to meet the needs of San Diego County’s residents who are experiencing mental/behavioral health challenges. We offer a diverse, inclusive work place that fosters personal growth and development. You will work within a collaborative, supportive team structure, learn new ways to provide optimal supports to your clients and help people change their lives for the better!




Job Position: Peer Specialist

Company: Community Research Foundation

Location: Escondido, CA

Hours:  16 hours per week

Pay Rate: $21.00 per hour





This program is the first of its kind in San Diego, California.  We support adults with co-occurring mental health and developmental disabilities in a residential home, who come from a variety of backgrounds and levels of skill. We provide services to adults who have unique needs and do not “fit in a box.” Our goal is to create a diverse team by combining behavioral and mental health strategies to compassionately help clients learn to tolerate their stressors and to be successful in their future.

What you will love about this job:

  • We are at one location, no extra driving
  • Get your direct hours and supervision from a team of BCBAs and Mental Health Specialists, who are present in the home up to 40 hours a week
  • Meet and work with a variety of people and strengthen your clinical skills
  • We offer a diverse, inclusive work place that fosters and encourages personal growth and development
  • You will make a difference in the lives of the clients and families you serve

 What you will do at this job:

  • Offer engagement and support to new clients
  • Offer personal experience, knowledge, and insight related to lived experience with mental illness for the benefit of clients and team members
  • Co-facilitate various coping strategy and solution-oriented groups and support groups
  • Collaborate to promote a team culture that respects, recognizes, and acknowledges each client’s point of view
  • Provide peer counseling and consultation to clients, families, and team members
  • Assist and support staff in completion of everyday tasks associated with operation of the program
  • Is a first responder to intervene in crisis situations as needed and indicated at the program to ensure the safety of clients and staff

What you need to do this job:

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Completion of Peer Employment Training or equivalent
  • Minimum one year of experience working with adults with ID/DD and co-occurring behavioral challenges
  • Experience as an individual who has utilized services in the behavioral health system or as a family member of someone who accessed behavioral health services required
  • A valid California driver’s license in good standing and eligibility to be an approved CRF driver is required to fulfill the essential functions of this position. In addition, proof of insurance is required prior to driving personal vehicles on company business.
  • Must be able to pass criminal/background clearance 


Benefits: CRF provides benefits to help you balance your work life and your personal life. For part-time staff (fewer than 24 hours), we offer...

  • Employee Assistance Plan for you and your family
  • Employee discount program, including pet insurance plans
  • Paid training and supervision hours are available
  • Opportunities for advancement and growth
  • We also provide access to student loan repayment/forgiveness programs for graduates



All new hires are required to show proof of completed vaccination and booster before their first date of work, unless legally exempted.


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CRF is an equal opportunity employer, and we make employment decisions based on merit. Our policy prohibits unlawful discrimination and/or harassment of any individual because of that individual's sex, race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, age, physical handicap, disability, sexual orientation, protected military status, or medical condition, as well as other categories protected by federal, state and local law. All such discrimination is unlawful and prohibited and will not be tolerated by CRF.

Diversity at CRF
CRF is committed to cultural competence, and we have established the Cultural Diversity Resource Team (CDRT) whose mission and tasks include ensuring that all our corporate practices are culturally sensitive to both our consumers and employees. The CDRT has developed a company-wide Cultural Diversity Plan and is responsible for creating and offering cultural and ethnic awareness, knowledge, and skills trainings throughout the year.
Cultural Competency training is required of all of our staff, not just those providing clinical services, on an annual basis. It is our pledge to provide behavioral health and psychosocial rehabilitative services that are culturally sensitive to those we serve.