Peer Readiness Coach

Job Overview

HealthRIGHT 360, 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, HealthRIGHT 360 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.

A multi-sector partnership of the County, the city of Antioch, and HealthRIGHT 360, Peer Readiness Coach for CoCo LEAD+ 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. 

Key Responsibilities

  • The Peer Readiness Coach will:
  • Serve as community-based, mobile “first responders” using patience and non-threatening interactions with diversion-eligible clients to foster their readiness to engage in, remain in, or return to program services
  • Serve as the first point of contact for and meet with identified diversion-eligible potential clients “where they are” (both physically and psychologically), whether at an arresting agency, in jail the multi-service CARE Center, through various Outreach Teams, or in community groups and settings (such as NA/AA meeting, homeless service centers) and in street-level settings (such as parks, coffee shops, etc.).
  • Establish trust, establish rapport, explain the diversion opportunity, support awareness of triggers and self-care, elicit basic information, informally screen for immediate needs, and explore and document the person’s potential interest
  • Arrange intake appointments and support potential client to complete intake, set next steps, and successfully refer to the assigned Peer Leader

Education and Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Desired attributes, skills and experience:

  • Experience in peer engagement, support or mentoring services
  • 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, client confidentiality, and documentation
  • 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

Required:

  • 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: $35,000.00
Type: Hourly/ Non-exempt
Status: Regular Full Time
Benefits: HealthRIGHT 360 offers a competitive benefits package
City: Antioch
Hours/wk: 40