Peer Self Advocacy Trainer

San Luis Obispo, San Francisco Bay Area or Sacramento /
Peer Self-Advocacy – PSA /
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DEADLINE: Open until filled.

SALARY RANGE (Depending on Experience): $19.29 - $25.84 hourly

Employment Status: Regular Exempt or Non Exempt

LOCATION: San Luis Obispo, San Francisco Bay Area or Sacramento

Disability Rights California (DRC) is a statewide, non-profit legal organization dedicated to advancing the rights of Californians with disabilities.  DRC works to achieve fairness and justice for people with disabilities through individual and impact litigation, state and federal policy and regulatory advocacy, and community education and training.
Peer Self Advocacy Unit (PSA)
In PSA, people with mental health disabilities share experiences. We hold self-advocacy groups and trainings regarding one’s service rights, patients’ rights, and options when living mental health facilities, supported living environments, and in the community. Our purpose is to inform peers and help them speak up, make decisions, help each other and live the lives they choose.
The PSA Trainer provides peer self-advocacy training for people with mental health disabilities who live primarily in locked residential mental health facilities, state hospitals and in the community.
DRC provides reasonable disability accommodations to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. PSA Trainer essential functions include:
Advocacy – 75 %
- Plan, organize and facilitate trainings and provide education to people with mental health disabilities in residential mental health facilities or settings to help them understand their legal and service rights and develop self-advocacy skills. Trainings are provided at the rate of 1 self-advocacy service per 3 hours of work per week, depending on location and type of facility
 - Train on topics such as self-advocacy, conservatorship, employment, housing, patients’ rights, public benefits and other legal and service rights to help peers become their own advocates
- Provide self-advocacy services to people with disabilities from traditionally underserved communities (primarily those who live in locked residential mental health facilities)
- Write at least 2 stories per month about training and participant highlights
- Perform other duties as assigned
Supportive Services – 10%
- Participate in PSA staff meetings and activities
- Participate in agency-wide committees as assigned
Administrative Functions – 15%
-        Document training activities and outcomes
-        Collect metrics information
-        Enter training evaluation results
-        Fill out and submit administrative forms
-        Plan work schedule and travel
Heavy travel required: Able to travel routinely for activities such as education, training, outreach activities and out-of-town meetings up to 50% of the time.
Duties are performed in a variety of settings, including office settings, home offices, facilities for people with mental health disabilities (including state hospitals), at conferences and training locations in the field. Work areas can be noisy. Weights up to 10 pounds are encountered occasionally. Must be able to transport oneself to training sites, work-related meetings and activities, etc. Ability to work evenings and weekends. Willingness to travel throughout a regional area of California and occasionally throughout other regions of the state.
Education and Experience:
- Currently receiving or has received mental health services and self-identify as a peer with a mental health disability
- High school diploma or general education degree (GED)
- One year experience facilitating group meetings or providing trainings
- Experience working with or understand and value people with disabilities from ethnic- or language-distinct or multi-ethnic communities
- Associate's (AA or AS) degree in a related field or equivalent from two-year college or technical school OR equivalent combination of experience and/or training.
- Bilingual: Spanish, American Sign Language or an Asian language
- Knowledge of the mental health service system and an   understanding of relevant Federal and State laws, especially in relationship to patients' rights law
- Experience working with and understand and value communities of color (Native American, Hispanic/Latinx, Asian/Pacific Islander or African American or others)
- Experience working with and understand and value people with disabilities from traditionally underserved communities (i.e., people from the homeless, LGBTQ+, ethnic- and language-distinct and multi-ethnic communities, veterans, older adults and others)
- Knowledge of rights to services, benefits and legal resources throughout the state available to people with mental health disabilities
- Experience working with service and advocacy providers, volunteer organizations or other community groups
- Contacts with disability organizations and disability communities
- Contacts with ethnic- and language-distinct and multi-ethnic communities and organizations
If you are interested in becoming a part of DRC, please submit the following:
1. Online Disability Rights California Application Form
2. Your resume
3. Cover Letter: We need a workforce that can utilize insights and strategies that can come from both professional and personal experience. In your cover letter, please tell us about yourself and why you are a great fit for this position and for DRC.

At Disability Rights California, we value diversity among our employees because unique perspectives allow us to effectively serve Californians with disabilities from a wide range of cultural backgrounds. As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, creed, age (over 40), Disability (mental and physical), sex, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, military and veteran status, or any other protected characteristic.

Disability Rights California endorses and supports the intent of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) and is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities who are applicants or employees who need accommodations.