UnityPoint Health

Peer Recovery Specialist

Requisition ID
Behavioral Health Services - Non-Nursing
4600 3rd St
6020 UnityPoint Health QC Trinity
Eastern IA MH/DS Region- RYC
Scheduled Hours/Shift
Work Remotely within the US
Work Type (Portal Searching)
Part Time Benefits


Description of Position:

Serves as a member of an interdisciplinary team that provides recovery oriented in- home and community based services for adults with mental illnesses in the community.  The Integrated Health Home (IHH) Peer Recovery Specialist must be a consumer who is in recovery from a mental illness and has (or is able to within 6 months of hire) complete 20 hours of training and passed a competency exam based on that Peer Support Training. Peer Recovery Specialist will assist in care coordination efforts, health promotion, individual and Family Support, Referrals to Community Agencies,


Essential Functions/Responsibilities:

% of Time


Key Accountability

·       Care Coordination and Referrals: Outreach activities to members to engage in care coordination, conduct individualized, comprehensive, whole person assessments, schedule appointments, make referrals, track referrals, appointments and HEDIS measures, follow-up monitoring, communication with providers on goals, support coordination of care with primary care providers and specialists.  Tracking of HEDIS measures, referral follow through, health risk assessment completion and other care model components.



Key Accountability

·       Health Promotion: Promoting members’ health and ensuring all personal health goals are included in person centered treatment plans.  Promote substance abuse prevention, smoking prevention and cessation, nutritional counseling, obesity reduction and increased physical activity.  Provide health education to members and family members, provide self-management support and development of self-management plans, promote self-direction and skill development in area of medication and medication adherence, and provide prevention education. 



Key Accountability

·       Individual and Family Support: Provide assistance to members in accessing needed self-help and peer support services.  Assist members to identify and develop social support networks.  Assist with medication and treatment management adherence, identify community resources that will help member and their families reduce barriers to their highest level of health and success, linkage and support for community resources and connection to peer advocacy groups, wellness programs, NAMI, etc. 



Basic UPH Performance Criteria        

·       Demonstrates the UnityPoint Health Values and Standards of Behaviors as well as adheres to policies and procedures and safety guidelines.

·       Demonstrates ability to meet business needs of department with regular, reliable attendance.

·       Employee maintains current licenses and/or certifications required for the position.

·       Practices and reflects knowledge of HIPAA, TJC, DNV, OSHA and other federal/state regulatory agencies guiding healthcare.

·       Completes all annual education and competency requirements within the calendar year.

·       Is knowledgeable of hospital and department compliance requirements for federally funded healthcare programs (e.g. Medicare and Medicaid) regarding fraud, waste and abuse.  Brings any questions or concerns regarding compliance to the immediate attention of hospital administrative staff.  Takes appropriate action on concerns reported by department staff related to compliance.



Disclaimer: This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that required of the employee.  Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.



Minimum Requirements





Requires BA, BS or BSW in social service or related field, or a certificate of psychiatric rehabilitation from a DHS approved program plus a HS diploma and 2 years’ experience in providing mental health or human services, or a minimum of five years supervised experience in mental health or human services and a HS diploma.






Must have lived experience with mental illness and be willing to appropriately share elements of their experience with others struggling with recovery.






Valid driver’s license when driving any vehicle for work-related reasons.






·       Reads, writes, comprehends and speaks fluent English.

·       Basic computer knowledge using word processing, spreadsheet, email, EMR and web browser.

·       Team work

·       Interpersonal skills

·       Teamwork

·       Decision making skills





·       Use of usual and customary equipment used to perform essential functions of the position.

·       Work will require travel to other UPH facilities, community agencies, member homes, etc.



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