Peer Support Specialist Job at Valleywise Health, Mesa, AZ

  • Valleywise Health
  • Mesa, AZ

Job Description

Facility: Valleywise Community Health Center - Mesa

Department: BH First Episode Center - East Valley

Schedule: Regular FT 40 Hours Per Week

Shifts: Days

Under the direction of the Clinical Coordinator Program Supervisor, the Peer Support Specialist provides individual and group peer support services to First Episode Clinic members and families, including assistance with more effectively utilizing the service delivery system, understanding, and coping with the stressors of disability, coaching, role modeling, and mentoring.  The position provides recovery-oriented peer services as part of a multi-disciplinary team to individuals enrolled in the Valleywise Health First Episode Clinic program designed to offer recovery-oriented behavioral health services to youth and young adults experiencing their first episode of psychosis, to restore cognitive functioning, engaging family members to strengthen natural supports, stabilizing psychiatric symptoms, and developing a clear path to recovery. These services may be provided to a person, group, or family and are aimed at assisting in creating skills to promote long-term, sustainable recovery. This position assists the team and members in maximizing and enhancing member experience, choice, self-determination, and decision-making in planning and coordinating services. This position is committed to meeting the members where they are and providing services in the community, at their place of employment, and at home as appropriate.


Hourly Pay Rate: $18.24 - $26.90 




  • Requires a high school diploma or GED.


  • Requires prior personal or professional experience working with adults with a serious mental illness that demonstrates an understanding of the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.
  • Pursuant to Arizona Administrative Code R9-10-306 CHAPTER 10 of the Dept. of Health Services, personnel must be at least 21 years of age, or at least 18 years of age and licensed or certified under A.R.S. Title 32 and providing services within the personnel member’s scope of practice.


  • Requires a Peer Support Specialist certification through an ADHS/DBHS-approved Peer Support Employment Training program.
  • Requires possession of and ability to retain a current, valid AZ-issued driver's license in good standing and must carry the AZ legally required minimum insurance coverage on personal vehicle at all times.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Must have a working knowledge of peer and family support services for individuals with serious mental illness.
  • Requires the ability to relate knowledge to others on the behavioral health system and services.
  • Must be able to self-identify as a person in recovery and demonstrate at least one year of stable recovery.
  • Requires home and community visits, knowledge of service needs, entitlement, and community resources.
  • Requires the ability to work a flexible schedule that includes weekends, evenings, and on-call rotation.
  • Requires the ability to have a reliable form of transportation to travel throughout the community with transportation of ACT members as needed.
  • Must have good verbal and interpersonal skills to interact with clients, visitors, and coworkers.
  • Requires maintaining highly confidential information, including a working knowledge of HIPAA.
  • Must have the ability to work independently and seek supervision appropriately.
  • Requires the ability to work cooperatively with people of diverse backgrounds.
  • Requires the ability to read, write, and speak effectively in English.

Job Tags

Hourly pay, Flexible hours, Shift work, Afternoon shift,

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