Job Title


Employer/ Agency

The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD- MCOT/Project CHANGE

Job Description

Under the general direction of the Program Director, Clinical Team Lead, or designated staff the MCOT Youth Peer Support Specialist (YPSS) provides youth-driven wraparound services for young people, increases youth engagement, and expands capacity for youth voice across the agency and community. The YPSS work alongside, complement, and enhance the work of the clinical team. The YPSS draws on their own lived experience navigating behavioral health systems to inspire hope and model relationships built on respect, trust, and validation. By sharing their own lived experience, YPSS helps youth to enhance wellness, create strategies for self-empowerment, and take concrete steps towards building fulfilling, self-determined lives for themselves. The YPSS is an ally and advocate for young people. The YPSS promotes connection, builds rapport, and inspires hope.


The Youth Peer Support Specialist should have personal lived experience navigating behavioral health systems and understand the local community, including resources that are available. Experience effectively collaborating, partnering and advocating alongside youth.

Demonstrate strong interpersonal communications skills and the ability to empathize, with, relate to and effectively partner with youth and team members. Demonstrate a strong understanding of boundaries and principles of self-care. Have the willingness to disclose their lived experience, where appropriate, for the purpose of empowerment. Possess a High School Diploma or GED, have reliable transportation, and a valid driver’s license.


$30,409 ANNUALLY

Requires flexible hours.


The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD


2627 Caroline Street (Midtown)

City, State, Zip

Houston, TX 77004

Contact Person

Sarah Strang

Contact Title

Program Director

Telephone Number


Email Address

Can send resumes or submit questions via email to:

Application Method

You must also submit online application here: Position #50130

Opening Date