DATE: June 30, 2022


POSITION: Peer Support Specialist (Full Time Regular)


SHIFT: Sunday – Thursday @ 12pm – 9pm 


LOCATION: Redgate Memorial Recovery Center – Long Beach, CA 


DUTIES: The Peer Support Specialist utilizes their experiences as a recipient of mental health and/or SUD treatment services to enhance the recovery efforts of clients while serving as a member of a multidisciplinary team that shares practical and personal experience, knowledge and insight related to illness management, life skills, and the lifelong process of recovery. 

  • Aids clients in becoming accustomed to program routine. 

  • Assists clients with finding information and filling out forms as needed.  

  • Conveys respect for cultural and lifestyle diversities of clients and staff.

  • May accompany clients to activities inside the program or in the community.

  • May serve as support when a client has an appointment off premises.

  • Provides engagement and outreach to current or potential clients, and families in the community.

  • Performs screening assessments of clients and presents at team meetings.

  • Provides expertise from personal experience in the areas of substance abuse and co-occurring disorders recovery to interdisciplinary team.

  • Completes all charting and documentation as contractually required and in timely manner as dictated by program requirements.

  • Provides services in the field/office environment, while carrying a small caseload, and participates in regularly scheduled staff meetings.

  • Serves as part of the on-call team, fulfilling all work requirements of this program component.

  • Complies with all BHS and program rules, policies and procedures including HIPAA standards and 42 CFR.

  • Serves as a mentor to clients, and families to promote empowerment and hope, and while drawing on own experiences as a consumer to build trust and commonality provides peer counseling and support.

  • Promotes a team culture characterized by openness to clients’ experiences and encouragement of self- determination throughout treatment planning process.

  • Provides education and support to clients about stigma and ways to combat it, and advocates for clients by educating about grievance or complaint procedures.

  • Provides education and support to family members, including peer and family run support groups.

  • Serves as liaison between the team and consumer-run programs, and encourages clients’ use of these.

  • Serves as part of the on-call team, fulfilling all duties of this program component, and provides services after- hours as required by contract, and provide ongoing ‘side-by-side’ services related to skills development.

  • Maintains knowledge of best practices by reading appropriate publications, attending seminars, conferences, and other training as necessary.


QUALIFICATIONS:     Following are the qualifications required to perform the essential functions of this              position. Qualifications may be subject to modification based on the Americans with         Disabilities Act. A combination of education, training and work experience equivalent to the following:


  • High School Diploma or G.E.D. and at least one year of experience working in a social service setting serving individuals in early recovery.

  • For certification level position, certification must be in a substance abuse treatment field, with two years of experience providing substance abuse and integrated services to individuals with co-occurring disorders.

  • Must have life experience of being in recovery or have had a family member in recovery and be willing to disclose.

  • Training and/or personal experience in substance abuse programs and treatment, relapse prevention, harm reduction, motivational interviewing and 12-Step programs.


Well-organized person with basic clerical and good alphanumeric filing skills. Prefer job   background which includes people contact, both face-to-face and by telephone.  Data entry and word processing experience or will train on the job with the requirement that employee demonstrates a learning curve resulting in computer skills adequate for this position within three months of hire.


                                    Recovering individuals must have a minimum two years clean, sober and abstinent to be                                           considered for employment.


APPLICATIONS: Current BHS employees who are interested in this position may apply by submitting an "Employee Request for Transfer". The request must be received no later than the closing date of this recruitment.  Internal applicants will be accepted after that time only if other applications are still being accepted and considered.


Other applicants may email resume to  or FAX (310) 679-4621 or apply in person at 15519 Crenshaw Blvd., Gardena, CA. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.


                                                     BHS IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

BHS will consider applicants with criminal history as required.