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Crisis Peer Support Specialist (Substance Abuse)

Public Health Foundation Enterprises, In
Concord, CA 94519
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The Crisis Peer Support Specialist (Substance Abuse) is an integral team member of the countywide initiative to respond to people in a behavioral health crisis. The Latino Crisis Response Team or Salud y Bienestar is an innovative approach to provide timely and appropriate behavioral health crisis services to Latino families under the Anyone, Anywhere at Anytime (A3)initiative in Contra Costa County. The Salud y Bienestar Team will focus on the Concord, San Pablo/Richmond areas. A3 team members triage crisis calls, provide field-based mental health crisis intervention, and connect people in crisis and their families to services and peer support. The Crisis Peer Support Specialist (Substance Abuse) helps identify SU needs, conduct initial screenings, introduce and links residents to programs and services, expedite appointments through the Access Line, serves as the primary coach for clients who may not be ready for treatment, distributes NARCAN to prevent overdoses as needed and maintain ongoing contact with the Team. They also assist with linkages to other services such as financial counseling, primary care, mental health services, social services, and etc.

The position requires travel between various site locations within Contra Costa County.

If hired for this position, applicant will be required to provide proof of full vaccination for COVID-19 prior to the start date; or have a valid religious or medical reason qualifying the applicant for an exemption (that may or may not require accommodation).

Salary: $31 to $40


Identify SU issues as part of this specialized team.

Schedules intake and follow up appointments, offers additional resources, including non-medical resources (i.e. food security, housing, etc.), networks to help achieve sustained access to care and linkages to substance use treatment.

Assess and address any barriers to attending follow up appointments and identify issues to prevent future crisis

Will need to travel between various site locations within Contra Costa County.

Establish relationship with patient and communicate via telephone, texting, and/or email to remind patients of appointments, help patients navigate any obstacles to follow up treatment, and provide encouragement.

Support access to SU treatment and motivate individuals who may be ambivalent.

Collect data related to number opioid related response calls and provide referrals to Opioid Treatment as needed.

Develop positive working relationships with ED staff and community agencies.

Work effectively as a team member and assist in maintaining a cooperative and efficient work group.



High-School Diploma/GED

Successful completion of 30 semester or 45 quarter units from an accredited college or university which included at least 12 semester or 15 quarter units in psychology, sociology, counseling, or chemical dependency.

Substitution for Education: One (1) year of full-time experience, or its equivalent, counseling persons in a substance abuse program or completion of 30 semester or 45 quarter unit of education on a year-for-year basis.


A valid California drivers license, proof of vehicle insurance, and reliable transportation or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job-related essential functions due to traveling between sites is required. Use of personal and County vehicle will also be required.

Candidates must possess and maintain throughout the duration of employment a registration or certification as an Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Counselor issued by a certifying agency approved by the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS).

Desired Qualifications

Bilingual in Spanish

Nonjudgmental, energetic, positive approach to assisting patients with Substance Use Disorders (SUD)

Understanding of SUD as a medical condition and the role of MOUD in treatment and harm reduction.

Interest/proficiency in working with individuals recently released from incarceration, homeless individuals and other marginalized populations.

At least one year experience providing case management, patient navigation, care coordination or social services to marginalized populations.

Able to work in a fast-paced environment

Ability to communicate clearly verbally and in writing


Stand Frequently

Walk Frequently

Sit Frequently

Handling / Fingering Occasionally

Reach Outward Occasionally

Reach Above Shoulder Occasionally

Climb, Crawl, Kneel, Bend Occasionally

Lift / Carry Occasionally - Up to 50 lbs

Push/Pull Occasionally - Up to 50 lbs

See Constantly

Taste/ Smell Not Applicable

Not Applicable Not required for essential functions

Occasionally (0 - 2 hrs/day)

Frequently (2 - 5 hrs/day)

Constantly (5+ hrs/day)


Hospital/Clinic Setting, Indoors Temperature Controlled

Heluna Health is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer that encourages minorities, women, veterans, and disabled to apply

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractors legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

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Posted: 2022-07-15 Expires: 2022-08-13
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