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Peer Support Specialist - Adult Detoxification
Title:Peer Support Specialist - Adult Detoxification
Department:Men's Adult Detoxification
Location:Salt Lake City, Utah

Peer Support Specialist - Adult Detoxification Center

Note: Please review this document containing Peer Support certification requirements before applying:

Schedule: Full-time, benefits-eligible position. 
Pay: $20/hr

Benefits - Approximate full-time benefits package value = $21,000+

  • Low-cost medical, dental, and vision coverage. Health savings account. 403b retirement plan with employer match (50% match up to 3%).
  • Employee Assistance Program for all employees
  • 33 paid days off: 11 observed paid holidays, 12 sick days, and 10 vacation days to start. Vacation increases to 12 days after 1 year, 15 days after 2 years, and more at 5 and 9 years of service.
    • Sick and vacation time accrue hourly per pay period.
  • $50,000 in employer-paid life insurance; additional coverage available.
  • $1,200 annual employer contribution to your Health Savings Account (paid quarterly)
  • Employee Referral Program including cash bonuses and paid time off

Volunteers of America, Utah provides community-supported paths for those who are vulnerable to improve their lives and increase their self-reliance. In alignment with our mission, VOA Utah encourages individuals with lived experience to apply. We recognize that a person’s life experiences can provide firsthand knowledge relevant to being successful in the work that we do.

Position Summary

Provide peer recovery coaching to individuals in our Detox facility who are interested in peer support services. Link participants to recovery resources available in the program and externally.  Provide groups and education on 12-Step meetings, the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, relapse prevention, SMART recovery, coping skills, and naloxone administration. Work closely with case management team to coordinate services for clients. Complete recovery management plan with individuals to assist in goal setting and steps to achieve success. Accurately document each encounter individually or in groups to meet data requirements.

Essential Duties

  • Initiate contact with potential clients within the Detox facility.
  • Educate clients about community resources for ongoing recovery support.
  • Facilitate daily groups: groups should reflect an all pathways approach to recovery, giving clients a sampling of outside groups that are available in the community. These groups should include SMART recovery, Seeking Safety, Wellness, 12 Step, etc.
  • Provide crisis intervention as necessary, and training on Naloxone administration.
  • Work closely with clients’ case manager to coordinate services within scope of responsibility.
  • Develop and maintain professional working relationships with 12 Step Group leaders, USARA Peers, and other service providers.
  • Participate and present client information at case reviews with a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and follow his/her recommendations.
  • Accurately record demographic information, individual meetings, and group attendance in database.
  • Submit all paperwork in a timely manner.
  • Stay current on active recovery resources, evidence-based resources, education resources, recovery meetings, and activities.
  • Maintain professional boundaries and make decisions within the assigned scope of responsibility.
  • Attend weekly management meeting, clinical staffing and individual meeting with supervisor
  • Attends work on a punctual, regular, and predictable basis.


Secondary Duties

  • Provide safe transportation for clients as approved. 
  • Maintain cleanliness and organization of assigned office space.
  • Link client with program, agency and community services for assistance as appropriate.
  • Perform other functions as necessary or assigned.



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Direct experience with homelessness, mental illness and/ or substance use and basic knowledge of community resources which provides the following knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Peer Support Specialist Certification or in the process of acquiring certification.
  • To maintain certification, peers should be trained yearly to utilize skills such as Motivational Interviewing, Stages of Change, Trauma Informed Care, Client Crisis Management, Cultural Diversity, De-escalation, and Peer Support Ethics.
  • Peers must follow all VOA Boundaries as outlined in the Detox Services Policies and Procedures Manual
  • Follow all Utah Peer Support Specialist Code of Ethics (see attached documents to Peer Support Training packet).
  • Peers should keep track of the CEUs required to recertify as a Utah Peer Support Specialist.
  • In order to acquire the CEUs, Peers will need to attend trainings over the two year period in which the Utah Peer Support Specialist Certification is valid to recertify.
  • Peers should have the ability to work with clients regardless of age, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and/or sexual orientation, etc.
  • Peers should have the ability to remain calm and respond appropriately in crises.
  • Peers should have the ability to independently plan, prioritize, and execute own work to ensure completion of daily tasks.
  • Although Peers do not regularly perform the duties of case management, VOA Peer Support Specialists are required to maintain a Utah Case Manager Certification while performing the duties outlined in the VOA Peer Support Job description.
  • Maintain client confidentiality as outlined in the training module on Confidentiality
  • CPR and First Aid certification, Naloxone Training, and all other trainings required by the program.
  • Ability to drive company vehicle; possess a current driver’s license, pass the VOA online Drivers test, and have a good driving record.
  • May be required to lift up to 50 pounds. Work is generally performed in an office environment. Must sit for extended periods of time.

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Volunteers of America, Utah is committed to creating a diverse environment, where all people feel valued, have the opportunity to do their personal best and where leadership development is fostered. The organization is proud to be an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All employment decisions are based on business needs without regard to race, ethnicity, skin color, nationality, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, mental and developmental abilities, physical ability or religious belief. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.
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