Peer Support Specialist, Full-Time, Second Shift, Mobile Crisis Unit

Job Description

Location: UC Medical Center
Department: Mobile Crisis Unit
Hours: 40 Hours/ Week
Shift: Second Shift, Tuesday- Saturday 2 PM-10 PM

Peer Support Specialist, Full-Time, Second Shift, Mobile Crisis Unit

UC Health is hiring a full-time Peer Support Specialist for the Mobile Crisis Unit's department for the second shift at University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

The Peer Support Specialist will support the University of Cincinnati Medical Center's rehabilitation service's' department and Greater Cincinnati's only Level I Trauma Center, delivering high-quality care to patients based on assessed needs. The Peer Support Specialist provides services to individuals with mental health/substance use disorders. Under direct supervision, the Peer Support Specialist will function as a role model to peers pursuing recovery; exhibiting competency in personal recovery and use of coping skills; serve as an advocate, provide information about peer support in outpatient and inpatient settings. The Peer Support Specialist performs a wide range of tasks to assist peers in regaining independence within the community and ownership over their own recovery process.

About University of Cincinnati Medical Center

As part of the Clifton Campus of UC Health, Greater Cincinnati's academic health system, University of Cincinnati Medical Center has served Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky for nearly 200 years. Each year, hundreds of thousands of patients receive care from our world-renowned clinicians and care team. Our experts utilize the most advanced medical knowledge and technology available, providing a level of specialty and subspecialty medical care that is not available anywhere else in Greater Cincinnati.

Unit Details
  • In 2022, Newsweek magazine recognized UC Medical Center among a listing of the World's Best Hospitals for the world-class clinical care provided to the Greater Cincinnati Region and beyond.
  • UC Medical Center is also home to medical breakthroughs-our physician experts conduct basic, translational and clinical research, leading to new therapies and care protocols, and connecting patients to the latest and most advanced treatments.


Job Responsibilities:
  • Engages in population appropriate communication. Has knowledge of growth and development milestones and tasks. Gives clear instructions to patients/family regarding treatment. Involves family/guardian in the assessment, initial treatment and continuing care of the patient. Identifies any physical limitations of the patient and deploys intervention when necessary.
  • Recognizes and responds appropriately to patients/families with behavioral health problems. Interprets population related data and plans care appropriately. Identifies and responds appropriately to different needs resulting from, unique psychological needs or those associated with religious / cultural norms. Performs treatments, administers medication or operates equipment safely. Recognizes and responds to signs/symptoms of abuse or neglect.
  • Actively identify and support collaboration within the health system(s) of healthcare as well as community resources (communities of recovery, educational, vocational, social, cultural, spiritual resources, mutual self- help groups, professional services, etc.) Actively engages supportive social networks available to individuals. Collaborate with multi-disciplinary teams across the health system(s) and in the community.
  • Link individuals to appropriate treatment and other professional resources Identify access barriers community resources and developing strategies to overcome those barriers.
  • Maintain timely reports and documentation.
  • Adhere to the tasks and responsibilities specific to the department, service, and/or clinic.
  • Provide hope and encouragement to patients at varying levels of involvement in community-based activities (e.g., work, school, relationships, physical activity, self-directed hobbies, etc.) Provide recovery education to individuals for every phase of the recovery journey from pre-recovery engagement, recovery initiation, recovery stabilization, and sustained recovery maintenance Provide a model for people in recovery by demonstrating that recovery is possible Assist individuals to develop their own plan for recovery by identifying their personal interests, goals, and strengths regarding recovery Maintain contact by phone and/or e-mail with recovering person(s) before, during and after they leave the program to insure their ongoing success; provide re-engagement support in partnership with others in the program(s) if needed.


  • Education:
    • Minimum Required: High School Diploma or GED.
  • Licensure:
    • Certified in the State of Ohio (OHMHAS) as a Peer Recovery Supporter.
  • Experience:
    • Minimum Required: Lived experience of mental health and/or substance use disorders.

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About UC Health

UC Health is an integrated academic health system serving Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. In partnership with the University of Cincinnati, UC Health combines clinical expertise and compassion with research and teaching-a combination that provides patients with options for even the most complex situations. Members of UC Health include: UC Medical Center, West Chester Hospital, Daniel Drake Center for Post-Acute Care, Bridgeway Pointe Assisted Living, University of Cincinnati Physicians and UC Health Ambulatory Services (with more than 900 board-certified clinicians and surgeons), Lindner Center of HOPE and several specialized institutes including: UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute and the University of Cincinnati Cancer Center. Many UC Health locations have received national recognition for outstanding quality and patient satisfaction. Learn more at

At UC Health, we're proud to have the best and brightest teams and clinicians collaborating toward our common purpose: to advance healing and reduce suffering.

As the region's adult academic health system, we strive for innovation and provide world-class care for not only our community, but patients from all over the world. Join our team and you'll be able to develop your skills, grow your career, build relationships with your peers and patients, and help us be a source of hope for our friends and neighbors.

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