Our mature adult community members 60 years or older, sometimes need specific support that addresses the unique challenges of getting older. Peer Support Specialists, working in our Wellness & Recovery for Mature Adults Program, understand the many barriers mature adults can face. They have lived experiences that connect with aging community members. They receive training that fosters listening to the person they are supporting and understand how behavioral health, medical and social services work in the community. Peer Support Specialists can guide consumers and their caregivers through the complexities of accessing multiple systems at once. Physical challenges, health conditions and social isolation can often get in the way of a person’s ability to recover emotionally. Peer Support Specialists know this and are ready to begin conversations with the intent to share hope and encouragement to the people they serve, to live their best life, a life worth living. Peer Support Specialists are the evidence that recovery is possible.

Mature Adult Peer Support Specialists

  • Share their lived experiences of mental health and substance use recovery
  • Assist and support people to uncover the options they have to explore overall wellness and recovery
  • Provide community resources to caregivers
  • Facilitate supportive groups that focus on the individual challenges that mature adults face as they age
  • Create welcoming, age-appropriate environments that support the development of resiliency
  • Engage with caregivers to provide support and resources

Peer Support is available to anyone engaging in behavioral health services. To access Peer Support in Mature Adult Clinics, contact the clinic in your area:


The Behavioral Health and Nutrition Services Center
14320 Palm Drive
Desert Hot Springs 92240
Phone #: (760) 773-6767
TTY #: (760) 770-2238
Fax #: (760) 773-6760

Lake Elsinore Wellness and Recovery Clinic for Mature Adults
31760 Casino Drive, Suite 100
Lake Elsinore, CA 92530
Phone #: (951) 471-4600
Fax #: (951) 471-4623
TDD #: (951) 471-4619

San Jacinto Wellness & Recovery Clinic for Mature Adults & S.M.A.R.T. Program of Mid-County
1370 South State Street, Suite B
San Jacinto, CA 92583
Phone #: (951) 791-3596
TTY #: (951) 296-0596
Fax #: (951) 791-3397

Wellness & Recovery Clinic for Mature Adults & S.M.A.R.T of Western Region
2085 Rustin Avenue
Riverside, CA 92507
Phone #: (951) 509-2400
TTY #: (800) 915-5512
Fax #: (951) 509-2405

Older Adult Services Perris Mental Health Clinic
450 E. San Jacinto Ave.
Perris, CA 92570
Phone #: (951) 443-2200
Fax #: (951) 443-2230

Temecula Wellness and Recovery Clinic for Mature Adults
40925 County Center Drive, Suite 100
Temecula, CA 92591
Phone #: (951) 600-6420
Fax #: (951) 600-6419
TDD #: (951) 600-6437

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The Peer Support Specialist (PSS) works as a member of the clinic/program team. The PSS brings unique experiences and perspective as a consumer, and someone in substance abuse recovery themselves. This Peer assists the team in the development and provision of culturally competent and recovery oriented behavioral health and substance use disorder services. The Peer Support Specialist contributes their personal experience, appropriate self-disclosure and empathy to outreach, network, support and engage with consumers of the agency. “Through shared understanding, respect, and mutual empowerment, peer support workers help people become and stay engaged in the recovery process and reduce the likelihood of relapse.” The experience of having “walked the same path” as other consumers while partnering with treatment team, enriches the culture of the agency and improves program effectiveness. Substance Abuse Prevention & Treatment Programs utilize peer support specialists in every level of care.