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Requisition Number 16-0219
Post Date 9/26/2017
Title Peer Specialist
Full Time/Part Time Part Time
Division Clinical
Pay Frequency Semi-Monthly
City Glendale
State CA

Scope of Position

Didi Hirsch is seeking a Bilingual Peer Specialist to ensure a safe, nurturing environment for clients that foster a sense of hope, dignity and direction.

Please Note: This position requires certification as a peer specialist/advocate through the completion of a qualifying training program and have navigated the mental health system as a consumer or lived experience in substance use/addiction recovery, or mental health.

Essential Functions

  • Coordinates peer-led groups and individual peer counseling sessions.
  • Maintains documentation of all groups and individual counseling sessions; ensures compliance with Didi Hirsch policies and procedures, contracts and other regulatory agencies.
  • Provides crisis intervention and facilitates conflict resolution among the program participants.
  • Leads peer run group-sponsored trips and social functions.
  • Develops and maintains peer advocate skills through seminars, workshops or other forms of training/education.
  • Consults with management before making decisions about programming and services.
  • Attends and actively participates in all team and staff meetings, community meetings and supervision/consultation.
  • Provides linkage, case management and advocacy services to Wellness Center consumers.



Required Qualifications

  • Certified as peer specialist through the completion of a qualifying training program and have navigated the mental health system as a consumer or lived experience in substance use/ addiction recovery or mental health.
  • High school diploma or GED.
  • Ability to provide services in both English and Armenian preferred.
  • Have a working knowledge of peer social support services including peer led groups.
  • Support the values and mission of Didi Hirsch as related to employment.
  • Know and comply with Didi Hirsch Agency policies and procedures, HIPAA, DMH, policies and documentation guidelines, and other state, federal regulations relating to program.
  • Basic advocacy skills.
  • Present ideas, information and viewpoints clearly, both verbally and in writing.
  • Efficiently use the personal computer including word processing and electronic chart system software.
  • Utilize analysis, experience, and judgment to make decisions within policies and practices.
  • Demonstrate commitment to team objectives and Didi Hirsch philosophies
  • Adapt to changing needs by acquiring new skills and knowledge.
  • Current California driver’s license and a driving record acceptable to the Agency’s insurance carrier.
  • Training (Certificate) in Peer Counseling.
  • May be required to possess language fluency in a second language and be culturally competent in its associated ethnicity.
Candidates must be able to successfully pass our pre-employment screenings, including a background check and Live Scan fingerprinting.


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Didi Hirsch is an Equal Opportunity Employer

We provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, religious belief (including dress or grooming practices), color, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions (including breast feeding), age, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identification and expression, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic characteristics, family care, marital status, status as a veteran or qualified disabled veteran, or any other classification protected by law.

Didi Hirsch is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all applicants for employment. We are an EEO/AA Employer.