University of Utah Health Care

  • Certified Peer Specialist - Current and Future Opportunities

    Requisition Number
    Employment Type
    Work Schedule
    tentativley, sat and sun 8-4pm and mon, tues, wed 3-11pm
    Location Name
    525 Plaza
    Patient Care?
    Salt Lake City
    Behavioral Health
  • Overview

    As a patient-focused organization, University of Utah Health exists to enhance the health and well-being of people through patient care, research and education. Success in this mission requires a culture of collaboration, excellence, leadership, and respect. University of Utah Health seeks staff that are committed to the values of compassion, collaboration, innovation, responsibility, diversity, integrity, quality and trust that are integral to our mission. EO/AA

    Under the supervision of a licensed social worker this position assists other individuals with chemical dependency or mental disorders.


    • Responds to provide outreach services to patients.
    • Provides crisis intervention services to patients experiencing distress.
    • May make referrals to appropriate community resources.
    • Follows up with patients and provides support as appropriate.
    • May facilitate peer support groups to encourage progress towards recovery goals.

    Knowledge / Skills / Abilities

    • Ability to perform the essential functions of the job outlined above.
    • Strong organizational and follow through skills.
    • A certain degree of creativity and latitude is required.
    • Demonstrated human relations and effective verbal and written communication skills.
    • Ability to work in a multidisciplinary team and problem solve.
    • Must possess knowledge of community resources, discharge planning, and crisis counseling.
    • Demonstrate the knowledge of the principles of life span growth and development and the ability to assess data regarding the patient's status.
    • Good interpersonal skills to acquire the trust of patients and respond appropriately in a crisis situation.
    • Knowledge of HIPPA and ability to adhere to the requirements.




    • Bachelor’s degree in a related field or equivalency.
    • Some assignments may require a current Basic Life Support Health Care Provider card.

    Licenses Required

    • Certified Peer Specialist
    * Additional license requirements as determined by the hiring department.

    Qualifications (Preferred)

    This position is working as a mental health peer specialist on the UNI WarmLine and/or Mobile outreach team.  The UNI WarmLine provides phone support to callers needing emotional support and a caring response from someone who understands their challenges. The UNI mobile outreach team peer specialist works with a licensed clinician on UNI Mobile Crisis Outreach Teams.  This position includes going into the community to help provide crisis intervention, stabilization, and triage.  Peer specialists are an integral part of the crisis service teams and assist the licensed clinician and work closely with individuals in crisis to support their recovery and provide peer mentoring.   


    Candidates must either be certified or meet the qualifications to become certified as a peer specialist by the Utah State Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health.  Please review these qualifications by visiting the state division of substance abuse and mental health website for certified peer specialist information:




    This position provides a safe, supportive, and therapeutic environment for psychiatric patients and assists with the provision of basic patient care needs.


    • Two to four years experience in field or related area.
    • Bi-lingual skills.

    Working Conditions and Physical Demands

    Employee must be able to meet the following requirements with or without an accommodation.

    • This position involves intermediate work that may exert up to 50 pounds and may consistently require lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling or otherwise moving objects while providing patient care to those with psychiatric conditions.

    Physical Requirements

    Far Vision, Listening, Manual Dexterity, Near Vision, Sitting, Speaking, Standing, Walking


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