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SSI Advocate (4835)  (Regular Part-Time, Hourly)
Program/Location: East Corner Clubhouse (El Cajon)

SSI Advocate / Peer Specialist – Clubhouse and Self-Help Services

Hours: 16 hours per week (2 days per week between Monday - Friday). The primary role of this position is SSI Advocate with some peer support duties.

In order to create a workplace that meets maximum health and safety standards, CRF follows all mandated COVID-19 safety protocols and guidelines as outlined by the State of California, San Diego County, and the CDC.  All new hires are required to show proof of completed vaccination before their first date of work, unless legally exempted. Those who are currently in process of getting vaccinated are encouraged to apply.



Community Research Foundation (CRF) inspires and mentors the next generation of mental health professionals!

At CRF, 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 have strong internal advancement options, so there are opportunities for you to grow within our company. Come join us!

Program Overview:

East Corner Clubhouse, is located in the East region of San Diego County, in El Cajon. East Corner Clubhouse is a self-help rehabilitation services program that provides a variety daily living activities and opportunities for vocational training and development.

This program operates on the work ordered day model where activities related to the operation of the program are utilized as opportunities for member participation, training, and recovery. This program is member directed and membership is lifelong. The different functions necessary for the program’s operation are divided into departments.

All tasks are completed voluntarily by members who learn through experience and practice. In addition to certain necessary departments, East Corner Clubhouse offers training and work experience in other work areas as requested by the membership whenever possible. All staff is dedicated to the principles of psychosocial rehabilitation and actively partnering with the members to achieve their personal goals. The clubhouses provide services in a culturally sensitive manner.

Typical Duties of the SSI Advocate

The SSI Advocate assists consumers with applying for Social Security benefits. Duties include educating consumers and family members regarding the potential benefits of receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI), training consumers about the application process, assisting consumers in completing and submitting the SSI application, and accompanying consumers to appointments.  Maintains working relationship with Legal Aid SSI Advocacy.

  • Provides assistance with the appeals process as needed for all consumers whose applications are denied as well as ongoing assistance and support to consumers as they go through the entire application process, until SSI is successfully obtained. 
  • Provides psychosocial rehabilitation services to Program participants by initiating milieu activities and performing errands in the community.
  • Maintains a working relationship with the Legal Aid SSI Advocacy Program and is involved in outreach activities.
  • Provides clerical and administrative support to the Program’s daily operations.
  • Submits completed SSI applications to Legal Aid SSI Advocacy Program for review; helps consumers obtain medical records and supporting documentation and tracks progress of applications.
  • Acts as an ambassador to the program by welcoming, providing orientation, and engage prospective clients to the program
  • Utilizes experiences as a recipient of mental health services to enhance recovery efforts of clients within the program
  • Promotes and models the concept of recovery to program participants

Required Skills and Qualifications

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Minimum of 1 year experience providing related services to persons with disabilities, preferably in mental health services or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Experience as a person who has received mental health services or has a close family member that has received mental health services is required. 
  • Familiarity and/or experience with applying for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and dealing with the Social Security Administration
  • Peer Employment Training preferred; required after hire
  • Bilingual Arabic preferred
  • Proficiency in MS Office applications, specifically Word and Excel, along with basic knowledge of Internet searches
  • CPR/First Aid certification is required and must be maintained throughout employment
  • Can initiate and perform work assignments with minimal supervision
  • Above average reading comprehension, and grammatically correct written communication skills
  • 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.
  • Able to pass criminal/background clearance


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Equal Employment Opportunity
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.