Peer and Family Advocate

US Government, Department of Behavioral Health

Be an agent of change and make a difference in delivering health and wellness to millions of residents.

Join a team that is passionate about the services they provide and is committed to making a difference throughout San Bernardino County.

The San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health invites qualified individuals to apply for the position of Peer and Family Advocate who provide outreach and education support for the Department. This position will provide linkages to services, and support for consumers of behavioral health services. This position requires public speaking in the delivery of information and assistance services, establishing and maintaining a current directory of community resources, and planning/preparing events, trainings, and presentations on a variety of topics.

The Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) values the expertise that peer providers bring to the system of care. Peer providers are individuals who have self-identified as having lived experience with the process of recovery from mental illness, substance use disorder, or both, either as a consumer of these services or as the parent or family member of the consumer and use that experience to deliver services in a variety of roles. 

The essential duties of this position include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Conduct one-on-one or group sessions with consumers and/or their families
  • Collect and report data which may include billing and chart documentation
  • Develop and facilitate educational, skills building, recreational and advocacy groups
  • Plan, develop, prepare, and conduct presentations on a variety of topics
  • Develop partnerships with diverse community and consumer groups
  • Serve as a mentor in facilitating and engaging consumers and family members
  • Develop and implement human resource development projects and training to improve consumer relations, consumer satisfaction, and consumer understanding in culturally diverse communities
  • Assist with the development and maintenance of communications materials for consumers and family members
For additional details, please refer to the Peer and Family Advocate job description.
This position is in the Unclassified Service and serves at the pleasure of the appointing authority.

The Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) is responsible for providing mental health and substance use disorder services to county residents who are experiencing major mental illness or substance abuse related issues. DBH provides mental health and substance use disorder prevention and treatment services to all age groups, with a primary emphasis on treating children/youth who may be seriously emotionally disturbed, adults who are experiencing a serious and persistent mental illness, and individuals who are experiencing substance use disorders. DBH also provides an array of outreach/engagement, prevention, and early intervention services. DBH’s core values are service, integrity, accountability, and trust.
DBH is a unique County Department comprised of six (6) service areas: Outpatient Clinics and Youth Services; Substance Use Disorder and Recovery Services; 24-Hour and Emergency Services; Forensic and Homeless Services; Administrative Services; and Program Support Services. The Department currently has a workforce in excess of 1000 positions and an approximate $700 million-dollar annual budget.

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The list established from this recruitment may be used to fill current and future vacancies as they occur throughout the Department.
Work Schedule: Must be willing to work non-traditional hours, such as evenings and weekends.

Travel: Regular travel throughout the County may be required, with some positions requiring field-based travel. Employees may be required to make provisions for transportation (mileage reimbursement at current IRS rate is available). A valid California Class C driver license and proof of automobile liability insurance must be provided and maintained for the individual providing the transportation.

Sponsorship: Please note San Bernardino County is not able to consider candidates who will require visa sponsorship at the time of application or in the future.

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