Peer Support Specialist

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Peer Support Specialist

Company/Organization: Utah Navajo Health System

Location: Monument Valley


Status: Full Time

Benefits: Full-time position: Vacation leave, PTO leave, Holiday pay, regular office hours, medical coverage, retirement benefits.

Job Description:


UNHS is looking for a Full-time skilled individuals to become members of our Iina Bihoo'aah Program.

Location: Primary site will be Monument Valley, UT and possibly traveling to Montezuma Creek and Navajo Mountain CHC.

Full-time position: Vacation leave, PTO leave, Holiday pay, regular office hours, medical coverage, retirement benefits, life insurance, employee wellness benefits, option for dental and short/long term disability insurance.

Length: 3 Years

Applications MUST also include the following (incomplete applications will not be accepted):

  • Resume
  • A minimum of three references (2 non-personal and 1 personal)
  • Cover letter
  • Personal statement


Peer Support Specialists within UNHS, Inc., will support the Healthy Transitions Iina Bihoo’aah Program (IBP) participants receiving case management and mental health services to enhance their behavioral health and potential during transition into adulthood and responsibilities.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The Healthy Transitions Iina Bihoo’aah Program is seeking people to serve as Youth/Young Adult Peer Support Specialist in the San Juan County area. The role of this full-time job is to work with youth/young adults enrolled in the Iina Bihoo’aah Program at UNHS, Inc. Peer Support Specialists will help and offer a positive example to youth/young adults to enhance their life skills in areas such as self-advocacy, supported education, supported employment, vocational opportunities, personal well-being and living situation.

Peer Support Specialists will connect youth/young adults receiving case management and mental health services to meet their goals in transitioning to adulthood. They will do this in several ways, for example:

  • Partnering with a youth/young adult and sharing their direct experiences with mental health services.
  • Serving as a resource to youth/young adults in accessing mental health services and other resources.
  • Helping mental health agencies develop youth guided services.

A Peer Support Specialist will be an individual who has had direct experience with mental health services and will utilize those experiences to collaborate with, coach and challenge IBP participants to view their life situations as an opportunity for growth and change within each individual’s transition into adult roles and responsibilities.

  • Work collaboratively with mental health providers and case management staff to identify newly enrolled IBP participants who can benefit from peer support, by offering hope and living proof that living with a SMI/SED is possible.
  • Supports IBP participants in navigating the mental health services and community resources.
  • Provide individual contact with transitioning IBP participant to identify and develop individualized treatment plan goals and monitor ongoing achievement of goals.
  • Assist IBP participants in understanding components of recovery and resiliency and in applying skills to achieve life goals.
  • Work cooperatively and effectively with individuals and groups from diverse backgrounds.
  • Supporting IBP participant’s choice and building confidence, leading to a greater degree of independence.
  • Serve as resource for IBP participants by scheduled appointments or same day.
  • Participate in the development and implementation of advocacy.
  • Participate in all required trainings; expected certification within one year of hired date.
  • Fill out and submit required documentation and provide up-to-date information.


  • Minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent to be considered for this position and at least one year experienced on the receiving end of mental health services.
  • Has had direct experience with mental health services and is a self-identified individual who is in recovery from SPMI or SED, and from co-occurring substance use disorders if co-morbidly diagnosed.
  • Must complete (or be willing to complete) a 40 hour Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health (DSAMH) certification for Peer Support Specialist.
  • Demonstrate personal recovery skills and maturity necessary to support IBP participants and family members.
  • Must have strong impersonal skills. This includes the ability to listen; give direction and guidance to participants.
  • Must have excellent communication skills to work professionally and collaboratively with therapists, counselors, case managers and other referral services and providers.
  • Needs to organize tasks to ensure efficiency, follow up on services and required documentation in a timely manner.
  • Knowledge of recovery-oriented supports/resources in Utah.
  • Valid Utah Driver’s License in good standing.
  • Access to reliable transportation.
  • Demonstrates proficiency with computer skills including email.

UNHS would not be able to achieve our goal of quality equitable healthcare for people living in southeastern Utah without our committed and competent staff. UNHS continually attracts the most devoted healthcare professionals and administrators this region has to offer. We offer the opportunity to work with a dynamic team providing care to medically underserved communities. UNHS is an EEO and NPEA employer.

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