Peer Leader

Job Overview

The County of Contra Costa has been awarded a grant from the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) titled Contra Costa LEAD Plus. The project builds on and enhances the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion model (LEAD)  first developed in Seattle, WA. A multi-sector partnership of the County, the city of Antioch, and HealthRIGHT 360 (“HR360”), CoCo LEAD Plus will provide pre-arrest, post-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 once in twelve months for eligible misdemeanors or “wobblers.” Probationers arrested on divertible charges in Antioch or cited for technical violations will also be eligible. 

HR360, a national leader in comprehensive mental health, substance use, medical, and housing services for complex populations will serve to implement the project’s community-based elements. Based in Antioch, in Contra Costa, HR360 currently manages the Central/East Reentry Network, a community-based collective-impact project that coordinates and integrates an array of public and nonprofit services, including housing, employment, civil legal, family reunification, physical and behavioral healthcare, for justice-involved people.  

The Peer Leader will work as a member of a multi-disciplinary team to provide peer support, outreach, and group facilitation. The Peer Leader will develop relationships with referred individuals and enrolled clients to support their access to needed resources and reduce their involvement in the justice system. 


Key Responsibilities

  • Outreach to and engage with individuals referred to the project to develop rapport and cultivate client motivation to receive project services
  • Provide consistent and strength-based peer support to enrolled clients
  • Assist clients in developing skills in trigger-related self-care
  • In partnership with the Diversion Navigators, assist clients in accessing services by coordinating transportation and accompanying them to appointments or other activities
  • Co-facilitate a year-round schedule of cognitive-behavioral groups (CBT) and restorative justice circles in community settings in partnership with contractor organizations
  • Conduct “Your Money and Budget” workshops (benefits enrollment, bank accounts, and budgeting) in shelter, transitional, or permanent housing settings to enhance client success in housing

Education and Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Experience in leading peer-based teams and services
  • Experience working 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 through Contra Costa County’s SPIRIT certification)
  • Substantial knowledge of the local community (regions, neighborhoods, community resources)
  • Knowledge of, or willingness to train in, modalities and interventions 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
  • Bilingual capacities desirable


  • Able to work some evenings and weekends
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Valid California Driver’s License, reliable vehicle, and willingness to travel regularly (mileage allowance provided)
Compensation: TBD
Type: Hourly/ Non-exempt
Benefits: HealthRIGHT 360 offers a competitive benefits package.
City: Antioch, CA
Hours/wk: 40