Peer-Based Services

Division of Peer-Based Services

At the forefront of the peer provider profession, RAMS offers peer counseling, outreach, and education & training in about 30 sites throughout San Francisco. The agency’s programs uphold principles of wellness and recovery with an approach that is strengths-based and promotes a sense of empowerment, self-direction, and hope.

Under the RAMS Division of Peer-Based Services, there are four components:

  1. Peer Specialist Mental Health Certificate
  2. Peer Counseling & Outreach Services
  3. Peer Internship Program
  4. Wellness/Drop-In Center

Peer Counseling & Outreach Services

The Peer Counseling & Outreach Services component enhances treatment services by providing peer counseling and supportive case management and resource linkage to clients at contracted SF Department of Public Health and community-based behavioral health clinics and programs.

Services delivered by peer providers aim to improve the level of engagement with clients, foster feelings of hope, and to promote the possibility of wellness and recovery. Services include, but are not limited to:

  • Assistance in securing stable housing
  • Coordination of health and behavioral health services
  • Support in seeking SSI, SSDI, GA and other benefits
  • Assistance in obtaining medical coverage
  • Linkage to community resources
  • Support clients to maintaining overall wellness

Peer Internship

The Peer Internship Program is an entry-level peer program working directly with behavioral health consumers. Operated by RAMS, the peer internship offers a collaborative learning – peer supported environment, in which Peer Interns work with other Peer Practitioners throughout the 9-month program. Interns are placed in a variety of San Francisco Department of Public Health programs and given the opportunity to provide direct and administrative support services to people in the community. Peer Interns will receive weekly supervision and also attend at least two formal trainings per month provided by RAMS for additional professional development. The Internship Program also provides weekly group supervision from a Peer Supervisor, as well as ongoing individual supervision from a site supervisor.

The Peer Internship Program is a 9-month, 20 hours/week, paid ($12.25/hour) under RAMS “Division of Peer-Based Services”.

The internship schedule complements the busy lifestyle of a working adult who is looking to fortify skills, build community & peer network, and gain more knowledge of behavioral health services. Peer Interns work in a variety of roles during the course of scheduled rotations between sites with other Peer Interns, including but not limited to: peer counselors at community-based mental/behavioral health sites, system navigators in direct service as health care enrollers, in front-line of customer service with current or new consumers of Behavioral Health Services, administrative support for behavioral health programs & initiatives, and co-facilitators of a variety of peer support groups.

Wellness/ Drop-In Center

The Peer Wellness Center is an early engagement center for adults seeking peer-based counseling services and peer-led activity groups and activities. The Center is open to consumers of Behavioral Health Services (SFDPH). Serving as a safe place, the Center is for peer participants to gain empowerment skills within an environment that utilizes empathy and peer support to help promote and inspire recovery. In addition, participants can obtain information for supportive services and linkages to a variety of behavioral health and primary health resources and services in San Francisco.

The Peer Wellness Center offers activities, facilitated by Peer Counselors, that include but are not limited to: Peer-to Peer Support Groups, Healthy Living Workshops, Creative Arts Expression, Skills Building Classes, Community Social Events and On-Site Recreational Activities.

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639 14th Avenue   San Francisco, CA 94118 (415) 579-3021 (415) 941-7313