Peer Partner - TAY/Youth Mental Health

Job Overview

Do you want to work in a fun, meaningful, family-oriented environment with a diverse group of colleagues and an excellent supportive network? Do you want to work with an impressive multi-disciplinary team to help provide treatment services for the Transitional Age Youth groups (16-25)? Then you’ve come to the right place!

AARS Peer Partners support people in our community who are most impacted by mental health issues, many of whom are affected by substance use and trauma. Peer Partners are one of the first line of support when community members get released from the criminal justice system and emergency psychiatric services. Our team supports our community by providing compassionate, integrated, whole-person care. HealthRIGHT 360/AARS is a place for people to grow and be their best selves. Our team has an open mind to new ideas and models. We value a team who is close knit and can contribute towards a supportive, fun and positive work environment. 

The Peer Partner is employed by Asian American Recovery Services (AARS) a program of HealthRIGHT 360 to deliver and coordinate services for Transitional Aged Youth (TAY) clients referred by the Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Services Department (BHSD). The Peer Partner will be an individual whose lived experience resembles the target population – Transitional Aged Youth – and who is actively engaged in rebuilding self and others.  The Peer Partner will act as liaison to clients, help find community resources, and support organizing drop-in/pro-social recreational activities and family nights. The Peer Partner will support clients as they enter the program, throughout their duration, and link clients to peer support activities and other supportive community resources. These relationships will enable clients to build responsible, fruitful friendships with their peers who may serve as role models, conduits to other service, and linkage to aftercare. 



Key Responsibilities

  • Work with Case Manager and Clinicians to engage with clients and assist in the planning and linkages to community events and resources 
  • Assist with coordinating drop-in hours and prosocial activities for clients including Family Night 
  • Provide clients with guidance and encouragement 
  • Peer mentor recruitment, outreach, screening, and training 
  • Participate in the overall coordination of outreach and engagement efforts with all agency programs, county agencies, community organizations and other partners 
  • Serve as a representative to promote agency and TAY specific services in the community 
  • Conduct program presentations and orientations on and off-site 
  • Oversee and provides immediate supervision and guidance to peer volunteers including recruitment, retention, outreach, etc
  • Ensure compliance with all appropriate professional standards, county, state, and federal requirements, and funders' conditions for the delivery of mentoring programs 
  • Attend all mandatory meetings and training as assigned  

Education and Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to engage TAY populations effectively  
  • Established in recovery process and is actively engaged in rebuilding self and others 
  • Experience in the provision of mentoring programs, and knowledge of the developing peer mentor programs, as well as current mentoring best practices 
  • Experience in program planning, program development and implementation, and program evaluation preferred 
  • Understanding of the behavioral health (mental health, substance use disorders) and/or criminal justice systems and populations 
  • Understanding of immigrant Latino/Asian cultural issues and dynamics in diverse ethnic communities 
  • Knowledge of community resources 
  • Demonstrative leadership abilities  
  • Bicultural and bilingual in threshold languages (i.e. Spanish, Vietnamese) preferred 
  • Ability to maintain a flexible work schedule and work at least 1-2 evenings per week 
Compensation: TBD
Type: Hourly/ Non-exempt
Benefits: HealthRIGHT 360 offers a competitive benefits package.
City: San Jose, CA
Hours/wk: 40

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