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.
Peer Counseling & Outreach Services
The Peer Counseling & Outreach Services component enhances treatment by providing peer counseling,supportive case management, and resource linkage to clients at public and/or community-based behavioral health clinics and programs.
Peer providers aim to improve client engagement, foster feelings of hope, and 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, medical coverage, and other benefits
- Linkage to community resources
- Support clients to maintaining overall wellness
The RAMS Peer Counseling Internship is a 9-month, 20 hours/week, paid ($16.50/hour) program for individuals who are present or past consumers of behavioral health services, family members of a consumer, and/or peer providers already working or volunteering in the field of behavioral health services.
The Internship Program helps individuals learn to appropriately and effectively utilize their lived experience in behavioral health settings to benefit the wellness and recovery of clients/participants. To learn more, please click here.
Peer Specialist Mental Health Certificate
For participants with lived experience in the mental health system of care, RAMS offers two competitive entrance courses: a 12-week entry level and a 8-week advanced-level certificate program. With both classroom education and hands-on training, the Peer Specialist Mental Health Certificate programs build skills that empower peers to enter the field of mental health service as peer specialists and counselors.
Open to consumers of Behavioral Health Services (SFDPH), 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 serves as a safe place 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. To learn more, click here.
Hours of Operations
Monday, Wednesday & Friday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tuesdays & Thursdays: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturdays: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m
Who We Serve
The Peer Internship and Certificate programs empower those with lived experience with mental illness to support others with similar challenges. The Peer Counseling, Outreach, and Wellness Center services offer safe, welcoming opportunities for individuals to participate in activities toward wellness and recovery.
Division of Peer-Based Services
1282 Market St
San Francisco, CA, 94102
Tel (415) 579-3021
Fax (415) 795-3330