Peer Leader

Job Overview

A multi-sector partnership of the County, the city of Antioch, and HealthRIGHT 360, Peer Leader will provide pre-arrest, pre-booking, and post-booking diversion opportunities and services for adults with behavioral health issues who have been arrested by the Antioch Police Department (“APD”) more than one in twelve months for eligible misdemeanors or “wobblers.” Probationers arrested on divertible charged in Antioch or cited for technical violations will also be eligible.

Key Responsibilities

The Peer Leader is responsible for:


  • Provide relationship-based outreach, recruitment, enrollment, and retention efforts to cultivate hope and trust with potential clients, foster client readiness to engage with, remain in, or return to program services, support;
  • Support the creation of trauma-informed, harm-reduction, strengths-based environment in all activities;
  • Help clients develop skills in trigger-related self-care;
  • In partnership with contacted community-based agencies, co-facilitate a year-round schedule of cognitive-behavioral groups (CBT) and restorative justice circles in community settings;
  • Conduct “Your Money and Budget” workshops (benefits enrollment, bank accounts, and budgeting) in shelter, transitional, or permanent housing settings to enhance their readiness for success in housing;


Desired attributes, skills and experience:

  • Experience in leading peer-based teams and services;
  • Demonstrated ability to with complex populations;
  • Demonstrated capacity in providing peer support or mentoring services;
  • Possess or commit to obtaining certification in peer support, harm reduction, mentoring, and behavioral health (such as Contra Costa County’s SPIRIT certification);
  • Substantial knowledge of the local community (regions, neighborhoods, community resources);
  • Knowledge of or willingness to train in techniques such as harm reduction, motivational interviewing, stages of change, cognitive behavioral treatment, restorative justice, gender responsivity, trauma-informed care, de-escalation and safety, and client confidentiality;
  • Experience with multi-partner initiatives;
  • Demonstrate capacity to recruit, train, manage, and retain peer staff;
  • Experience with principles of harm reduction, trauma-informed care, stages of change, and motivational interviewing;
  • Experience in facilitation, workshop design and implementation, boundaries and confidentiality, de-escalation and safety, and teamwork;
  • Able to work nights and weekends;
  • Attention to detail and information management;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Engaging and supportive personality;
  • Strong proficiency with Microsoft Office applications (Excel, Outlook and Word) and internet applications;
  • Experience working with complex populations;

Education and Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Valid California Driver’s License, reliable vehicle, and willingness to travel regularly (mileage allowance provided);
  • Must undergo a background investigation and criminal records check; ability to be approved for clearance into juvenile and adult custodial facilities.
Compensation: TBD
Type: Hourly/ Non-exempt
Benefits: HealthRIGHT 360 offers a comprehensive benefits package with free medical and dental options!
City: Contra Costa County
Hours/wk: 40