Peer Support Specialist

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Peer Support Specialist

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Lexington, KY

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0 years

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Occasional lifting/pulling objects up to 25 lbs. Sitting for long periods of time


Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm

Job Summary:

The UK Department of Psychiatry and the Beyond Birth Clinic seek a peer support specialist to work with patients with a diagnosed substance use disorder (or related diagnosis). The Beyond Birth Clinic focuses on providing care to women with substance use disorders through a holistic approach which includes individual and group counseling, peer support services and the medical treatment of substance use and mental health disorders. This individual will be part of a multidisciplinary team of providers to provide comprehensive mental health care and support for patients in an Ambulatory setting. Under the direction of clinical staff the Peer Support Specialist will initiate contact with identified patients in the Beyond Birth program with substance use disorders via phone, text, email and/or via e-mail. This individual will need to demonstrate understanding of peers’ experiences and feelings and have the ability to relate their own recovery story and with permission, the recovery stories of others to inspire hope. The Peer Support Specialist will maintain a caseload of clients/patients and assist them and clinical staff to help facilitate an appropriate level of care. In addition, the Peer Support Specialist will lead substance use specific groups and meet with the client both in and outside of the clinic. Responsibilities will include providing peer support services and related support to new and established patients in a collaborative, academic environment, timely preparation of chart notes and submission of billing through the electronic medical record and participating in team/staff meetings. Qualified candidates will have peer support services experience in providing support to women with a focus on patients greater than or equal to 18 years of age and with a diagnosed substance use disorder.

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University Community of Inclusion:

The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live. In the interest of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, patients and visitors the University of Kentucky is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, and all minorities to consider our employment opportunities.

Any candidate offered a position may be required to pass pre-employment screenings as mandated by University of Kentucky Human Resources. These screenings may include a national background check and/or drug screen.




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Posted: 10/25/2020
Application Due: 11/29/2020
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