Peer Advocate


Under the supervision of the Program Director performs peer mentoring and Case Management functions for adult individuals who have a history of homelessness, mental illness and/or substance use issues.

Essential Duties:

  • Takes direction from experienced staff members in methodology for carrying out peer counselor interventions identified on the recovery/service plans.
  • Provides case management services, especially in terms of escorting consumers to indicated resources and ensuring that the linkage is made.
  • Escort consumers on field trips of a recreational nature, emphasizing that recovering alcoholics and drug addicts can have fun in sobriety and can enjoy the constructive use of drug-free leisure time.
  • Visits consumers while they are in detox units, recovery homes, and sober living homes.
  • Share his/her experience with mental illness and substance abuse in a manner which communicates hope - this individual vwill be a “program of attraction” as he/she relates their own experience - what it was like, what happened, and what it is like now.
  • Is involved in presentations to drug treatment programs, which are reluctant to accept consumers who are psychiatrically impaired.
  • Participates in selective in-service training, sharing his/her experience in living with a mental illness and achieving and maintaining sobriety.
  • Assist consumers with navigating need resources in the communities and accompanying them when there is need for support and/or guidance.
  • Attends DMH trainings related and meetings other meetings as assigned.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Full-time position

Southern California Health & Rehabilitation Program (SCHARP) was founded February 1994 as a non-profit entity for the purpose of providing mental health and rehabilitation services to vulnerable ethnic minority populations in Southern California Los Angeles. The mission of Southern California Health and Rehabilitation Program (SCHARP) is to provide quality mental health and social services to vulnerable populations in South Los Angeles. These populations consist of mentally ill, homeless mentally ill, multi-diagnosed individuals with substance abuse disorder, interface with the criminal justice system. By providing culturally relevant and sensitive services which are designed to improve the quality of their lives, SCHARP will have a significant impact upon the neediest residents of this community.


  • Six (6) months related experience with the chronically mentally ill and homeless population, and/or in social services related field.
  • Must be computer literate and proficient with Windows operating system and email. Familiarization with Clinivate/Clinitrak electronic medical record is highly preferred.

A valid California Class C Driver License, and maintain an insurable driving record under the Agency’s liability policy.

Physical Demands:
The duties associated with the position will involve light physical effort, which may include lifting up to a 20 pound limit, some light bending, stooping or kneeling. Moderate/considerable walking, sitting and standing.


Must have experience in living with and managing a psychiatric disorder, and/or substance use issue in sustained recovery and have knowledge about 12-step programs and various aspects of recovery from substance abuse.


  • Ability to relate to individuals who have severe impairments in their ability to function in the community.
  • Ability to respond quickly, effectively and with equanimity to member crises and life situations.
  • Ability to work as a team member and to work with other agencies, community resources and member’s families.
  • Must have valid California Driver's license and the availability of a car with adequate insurance.
High School Diploma or equivalent preferred.

Applicants who can demonstrate adequate literacy skills to perform work duties will be considered.


HS Diploma or equivalent preferred