Peer PALS Advisor - NAMI San Mateo County

The Peer PALS Advisor is a person in recovery who has a background in counseling.  The Advisor works mainly with the Peer PALS Coordinator, and PALS who they see once a month during the PAL trainings.

The Advisor and PAL work together to feel out solutions that address the program standards.  Examples of problems discussed are chronic late visits, “no shows”, and requests for money or services such as moving and cleaning. For example, should PALS move their peer clients’ belongings from one housing situation to the next? Much depends on the PAL. Are they desiring to assist? Are they physically capable? Are they uncomfortable moving someone’s belongings? Should the Peers pay them for this service? (No money should be exchanged in Peer PALS). The Advisor and PAL enter into a discussion that examines the specifics of the situation, as all relationships are different.


The Advisor is Responsible for:

  • Serving as a resource when PALS have questions or concerns regarding their Peers.

  • Conducting monthly training sessions for PALS.

  • Working closely with the Coordinator when issues arise.

  • Will work on an as needed basis, this will normally amount to 2-3 per month.

  • Salary to be discussed with Executive Director.

To Apply:

To be considered as a Peer PAL Advisor please email your resume to:

Note* The Peer PALS Program, developed by NAMI Santa Clara County (SCC), matches PALS, or mentors, with Peers who can use the support of someone who has “been there.” Because PALS share the experience of mental illness in common with their Peer, they are in a unique position to relate with and understand their peer’s experience.

PALS help individuals who are isolated with little or no contact with persons outside their home and help empower them to develop the tools, strategies and techniques to aid their recovery.