UnityPoint Health

Peer Support Specialist-ACT

Requisition ID
Behavioral Health Services - Non-Nursing
US-IA-Fort Dodge
802 Kenyon Rd
7020 UnityPoint Health Trinity Regional Medical Ctr
Fort Dodge
ACT Program
Scheduled Hours/Shift
40 hours per week; may include days, nights, and weekends
Work Type (Portal Searching)
Full Time Benefits


UnityPoint Health - Fort Dodge Berryhill Center

Peer Support Specialist - ACT

FTE: 1.0 (Full-time, 40 hours per week)
Shift: various hours including days, nights, weekends


  • Provides direct care to patients with a combination of mental health and basic living support to prevent the need for more intrusive level of care. Patient care will be provided at home or office, in community to monitor, supervisor or support activities of daily living.
  • Functions as a practicing clinician on the team and provides service coordination (case management) for an assigned group of patients.
    • Coordinates and monitors activities of daily living.
    • Assumes responsibility for developing, writing, implementing, evaluation and revising treatment goals and plans in conjunction with client.
    • Provides transportation when needed and purposeful.
    • Supports patients with behavioral health symptom management.
    • Advocates for patients’ rights and preferences. Work cooperatively with referral agencies.
    • Help patient with paperwork and entitlement applications.
    • Document on contact with patients in EPIC.
  • Participates in patient-centered comprehensive assessment within 30 days of new admission and once yearly on patients as assigned.
  • 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.



Minimum Requirements

Identify items that are minimally required to perform the essential functions of this position.

Preferred or Specialized

Not required to perform the essential functions of the position.





Associates degree in Social Work, Human Services, or another Human Service related field.







Experience with providing service to individuals with a severe and persistent behavioral health needs.







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







Ability to delegate wisely, exercise good judgment, maintain good interpersonal relationships, adapt to change, evaluate critically and think creatively. Individual will demonstrate knowledge and skills necessary to provide appropriate care to adult and geriatric patients with severe and persistent mental illnesses.  Individual will demonstrate effective written and verbal skills allowing communication with physicians, co-workers, other clinic/hospital personnel, as well as the public.  Position requires good organizational skills.






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




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