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Opening its doors in California in early 2007, RI International provides recovery-based services to adults with co-occurring mental health and substance use challenges. RI International also conducts workshops on mental health recovery principles and practices and how to implement them throughout your organization. Headquartered in San Diego, RI International – California is a peer-run non-profit organization.

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RI International is building a peer workforce that is making a difference in California.

At RI, we believe in the power of the peer experience. We train peers as Peer Support Specialists because it adds meaning and purpose to their lives by transforming their past experiences into healing for others. The use of Peer Support Specialists has been the most significant factor in moving recovery forward in individual lives as well as within our organization and the service system.

RI International in San Diego offers a number of services that create opportunities to empower people and organizations to recover. Recovery education classes such as WRAP, WELL, and Medication for Success enable people to develop self-help skills. One-to-one Peer Support and recovery classes in the San Diego County facilities provide people an introduction to recovery and community recovery links. Peer Employment Training and other recovery trainings for individuals and unique trainings for professional staff equip people and organizations with the tools to transform their operations to a recovery-based model. The Peer Liaison Services program assists people to advocate for their needs and rights by acting as a two-way conduit to gather and disseminate information between the Mental Health System of Care and people receiving services and their families.

At RI International, we focus on wellness to maximize the growth of hope, knowledge, skills, and supports, allowing each person to move forward in their recovery. People discover the Recovery Pathways – hope, choice, empowerment, recovery environment, and meaning and purpose — and how to use them to feel better about themselves and develop their own plan for wellness.

RI International was awarded Mental Health Program of the Year in San Diego, California for 2008.

San Diego County Adult and Older Adult Mental Health Services Administration also fund RI International – California to put on the Wellness and Recovery Summit every year in the month of March; bringing hope to 450 people who receive mental health services and their clinical teams and supporters.

Browse our web site to learn about recovery opportunities in California. If you have questions or would like more information about RI International, please contact us.

RI International believes that every person who wants to work can succeed in developing a meaningful career of their choice. Peers in the workforce help transform the mental health services delivery system with their unique skills and “been there” experience. In California, RI International trains and seeks to employ peers to work as recovery educators, peer counselors, recovery coaches, in-home crisis workers, and much more. We can help your agency make the step to incorporate peer support services into your system.

Peer Support Specialist Training

Those who wish to become Peer Support Specialists begin with an intensive 75-hour Peer Employment Training (PET) program that teaches people who have received services in the mental health system the skills and techniques of peer support. Students completing the class and passing the competency tests may be eligible to receive college credits, may seek employment providing recovery education and peer support in various mental health programs. PET includes training in recovery and peer support principles, communication skills, cultural diversity, ethics and boundaries, substance abuse, trauma and resilience, conflict resolution, and much more. Click here for more information on the content of the training. It is a competency-based curriculum; students will demonstrate their proficiency in the skills they learn.

The course is offered several times a year with various class schedules. A participant must have a high school diploma or GED and RI International’s San Diego office offers the WRAP classes throughout the County. WRAP classes are offered in the San Diego office: 3838 Camino del Rio North, Suite 380, San Diego, CA 92108 from 9a – 11a, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Please call the office at 858.274.4650 for availability of WRAP classes throughout the community.

Employment Assistance

Graduates from the Peer Employment Training are eligible to receive job search assistance in the mental health field in various positions including peer support specialists, recovery educators, peer counselors, recovery coaches, peer liaisons to peer employment specialists. RI International has an Employment Coordinator who partners with other community mental health agencies and assists applicants with employment preparation including resume building, etc.

Please be aware, in order to work in the mental health field in California, sometimes a person must be able to pass a criminal background check with no felony convictions. Potential employers will conduct a background check before hiring.

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