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Below are two job opportunities by SIPCW partner Community Health Action of Staten Island (CHASI).

CHASI: Senior Peer Mentor

COMMUNITY HEALTH ACTION OF STATEN ISLAND, Inc
JOB DESCRIPTION

TITLE: Senior Peer Mentor
REPORTS TO: Associate Director, Next Step and HOPE Coordinator
DEPARTMENT: Next Step Resource & Recovery Center
POSITION STATUS: Full-time, Part-time and Per Diem positions
FLSA STATUS: Non-Exempt
WORK SCHEDULES: Positions available during daytime, afternoon/evening, and overnight shifts during weekdays and weekends.

POSITION SUMMARY: The Senior Peer Mentor provides outreach, engagement, and accompaniment to individuals and families using Next Step programs on-site as well as in the community at Staten Island police precincts and a hospital emergency room. The Senior Peer Mentor engages individuals at police precincts who have been arrested for low-level drug-related charges in order to provide information and encourage participation in the HOPE early diversion program, train on and dispense naloxone (Narcan), and help individuals link to resource and recovery centers for HOPE program enrollment. The Senior Peer Mentor also engages individuals who have survived an opioid overdose at a partnering hospital emergency room to provide support, collaborate on tailored strategies to reduce future overdose, train on and
dispense naloxone, and assist with connection to any needed community-based services. The Senior Peer Mentor conducts telephone and office-based follow up with individuals recently seen in the precinct or the hospital.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. HOPE Program
  • Reply rapidly to activations from the Richmond County District Attorney (RCDA) to meet an individual arrested for a charge making them eligible for early criminal justice diversion into the HOPE Program being processed at one of Staten Island’s four New York Police Department (NYPD) precincts.
  • Travel to the identified NYPD precinct within 30 minutes of notification and keep RCDA informed of any delays.
  • Obtain relevant background information related to the charges from the arresting officer at the precinct.
  • Upon release from police custody, meet with the arrested individual at the precinct to discuss the HOPE Program informational video; review the HOPE Program’s design, potential benefits of participation, and requirements for participation; answer questions; appropriately share lived experience to promote engagement and initial discussion of drug use; and encourage participation in HOPE.
  • Provide naloxone (Narcan) training and kit distribution to every HOPE-eligible individual met at the precinct.
  • Determine individual’s initial decision about HOPE participation and develop a next steps plan to be taken by individual based on their decision.
  • Promote completion of the HOPE enrollment and assessment process immediately following the precinct meeting and accompany individual to a resource and recovery center if individual is agreeable.
  • Provide individual with HOPE contact card and HOPE informational brochure.
  • Under the direction of the HOPE Coordinator, follow up with individuals who have not yet visited a resource and recovery center to complete the initial assessment before their arraignment date.
  • Under the direction of the HOPE Coordinator, follow up with individuals who have enrolled in HOPE at least two times in the 30 days post-enrollment to promote their achievement of meaningful engagement in the program.
  • Document service provision completely and accurately using established engagement and follow up forms.Relay Overdose Response Initiative

2. Relay Overdose Response Initiative

  • Receive and reply rapidly to notifications from participating hospital emergency room when notified of an individual being treated for an opioid overdose.
  • Travel to partnering hospital emergency room within 45 minutes of notification to meet with, support, and engage into the Relay program the individual who has survived an opioid overdose.
  • Discuss Relay program benefits and service approach with each individual, and explain the evaluation model and informed consent process.
  • Collaborate with each individual to develop personalized strategies to reduce future opioid overdose risk, which including discussion of safer drug using behaviors.
  • Partner with the Emergency Department Warm Handoff Recovery Coach to address the service needs agreed to by each individual, which may include substance use treatment, harm reduction, benefits, or other supportive services.
  • Provide each individual and any accompanying friends/family members with naloxone (Narcan) kit and training or ensure its provision by emergency department staff.
  • Arrange with each individual a 24-48 hour follow up plan

3. Next Step Recovery Community Center Services

  • Welcome and engage individuals who are seeking assessment and linkage to services responsive to their individual needs and readiness for change.
  • Provide overview of available on-site services and orient Recovery Center members to program guidelines.
  • Conduct naloxone (Narcan) training and dispensing.
  • Accompany program participants to other provider sites to provide support and navigation assistance.
  • Reach out to participants to follow up on referrals made and to reengage individuals into programming.
  • Facilitate on-site recovery-oriented groups or social activities, as assigned.
  • Assist with community outreach and program promotion to inform the public of available resource and recovery center services.

4. Professional development and collaboration

  • Maintain appropriate positive, professional interpersonal relationships with participants, co-workers, volunteers, and other stakeholders including but not limited to the Richmond County District Attorney, the New York Police Department, and Richmond County Medical Center.
  • Attend and participate in staff development trainings as required.
  • Participate actively in regularly scheduled individual and group supervision.

5. Other duties as assigned

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Hold a high school diploma or high school equivalency. Successfully completed Recovery Coach or Certified Recovery Peer Advocate (CRPA) training; individuals currently holding a Certified Alcohol and Addiction Counselor (CASAC) or CASAC-Trainee may be considered but must complete Recovery Coach or CRPA training programs within 90 days of hire.

SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED:

  • Demonstrated experience with and understanding of substance use and recovery issues.
  • Able to work independently when deployed off site and to present appropriately in law enforcement and health care settings.
  • Able to meet individuals where they are and to include harm reduction among the multiple pathways that individuals may take toward recovery and wellness.
  • Effective communicator able to listen, clearly explain information, and engage in collaborative coaching discussions.
  • Capable of writing accurate, clear, and logical documentation of service encounters.
  • Able to demonstrate appropriate judgment and independent thinking in field-based settings, including prioritizing time-sensitive or competing tasks and determining when to seek supervisory consultation.
  • Flexible with regularly changing demands and modified assignments.
  • Committed to empowering individuals to make informed choices.
  • Computer literate in word processing, email, and Internet navigation.
  • Willing and able to travel outside traditional office environment via public transportation, car service, and/or personal vehicle.
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) a plus.
  • Competence to work effectively and respectfully with persons from culturally diverse backgrounds.
  • Willingness to share lived experience appropriately and judiciously to promote engagement and inspire hope.
  • Valid driver’s license and own car to travel to field-based service sites a plus but not required.
  • Continuing employment contingent upon successful completion of criminal justice and state central registry background check and hospital clearance process.

To apply, submit your resume and cover letter to Anthony Bates Anthony.bates@chasiny.org and Jill Schlossberg Jill.Schlossberg@chasiny.org.  Cover letters should include the following: 

  1. Salary sought
  2. Availability for the following work options (indicate all that you are interested in):
    1. Full time, part time, per diem coverage
    2. Shifts (8am-4pm, 4pm-12 midnight, 12 midnight-8am)

CHASI: HOPE Coordinator

COMMUNITY HEALTH ACTION OF STATEN ISLAND, Inc
JOB DESCRIPTION

TITLE: HOPE Coordinator
REPORTS TO: Project Director, Next Step
DEPARTMENT: Next Step Resource & Recovery Center
POSITION STATUS: Full-time
FLSA STATUS: Exempt
WORK SCHEDULE: Tuesday-Saturday, 3:00 pm-11:00 pm

POSITION SUMMARY
Manages daily operations of HOPE Program Peer Recovery Support Services, which utilize Recovery Coach/Certified Peer Recovery Advocate-trained Senior Peer Mentors to engage arrested individuals in informational and motivational discussions about the design, benefits, expectations, and next steps related to participating in the early diversion HOPE Program, which offers individuals arrested for low-level drug-related crimes the opportunity to connect to community-based services and avoid prosecution. Trains, schedules, and dispatches Senior Peer Mentors to police precincts within established timeframes. Ensures follow up with individuals offered HOPE to encourage participation, to support linkage to enrollment and assessment services, and to achieve meaningful engagement in the program. Reviews service delivery against program policies and procedures and promotes quality improvement with ongoing staff development and work flow modifications. Tracks peer service delivery and outcomes, reviews and submits timely and accurate individual-level documentation and aggregate reports. Maintains clear communication and effective working partnerships with Richmond County District Attorney, New York Police Department, and other HOPE stakeholders. Participates in HOPE case conferences, stakeholder meetings, and evaluation activities.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Participates in the hiring of Senior Peer Mentors in collaboration with the Associate Director and the Project Director.
  • Provides initial orientation and job training related to the roles and responsibilities of HOPE Program Peer Recovery Support Services.
  • Develops Senior Peer Mentor work schedules and ensures leave or vacancy coverage plans in collaboration with the Associate Director.
  • Provides individual and group supervision to Senior Peer Mentors related to HOPE functions.
  • Provides constructive feedback to Senior Peer Mentors based on direct observation of service delivery and review of service documentation for continuous quality improvement.
  • Supports ongoing staff development through the identification of individual and program-wide staff learning needs and the establishment of responsive training plans.
  • Develops, manages, and monitors systems to support the timely dispatch of Senior Peer Mentors to police precincts within 30 minutes of activation request from Richmond County District Attorney (RCDA) and communication about any delays in response time.
  • Develops, manages, and monitors systems to ensure the documentation and submission of complete, accurate, and timely information about each precinct activation according to RCDA approved protocol.
  • Maintain encounter and other program data in secure storage and ensure staff adherence to applicable confidentiality regulations and standards.
  • Ensures follow up with individuals offered HOPE within the first seven days of arrest to promote linkage to a resource and recovery center and with individuals enrolled in HOPE over the 30-day period to support meaningful engagement.
  • Manages roster of individuals offered HOPE including contact data, linkage outcome, and engagement follow up.
  • Provides on-call supervisory coverage on a rotating basis and provides consultation to staff to address emergent or urgent issues they encounter in the field.
  • Participates in meetings with RCDA, Staten Island Partnership for Community Wellness, and other HOPE stakeholders as well as weekly HOPE case-conferences.
  • Maintains positive collaborative relations with New York Police Department through precinct visits and communication that allows for feedback and joint problem-solving.
  • Prepares and submits internal management reports and external reports to funders and HOPE stakeholders according to established requirements and timeframes.
  • Participates in activities supporting the evaluation of the HOPE Program, including but not limited to interviews, focus groups, and data collection.
  • As needed, directly provides HOPE Program Peer Recovery Support Services in the precinct and directly provides follow up.
  • Participates in departmental and agency-wide meetings and job-related training and staff development.
  • Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • High school diploma or its equivalent required; bachelors degree preferred; masters degree in behavioral health field a plus.
  • Possess relevant credential, which may include Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC), CASAC-T, Certified Recovery Peer Advocate, Recovery Coach, or Licensed Mental Health Counselor or its equivalent.
  • At least two years providing direct services to persons with substance use disorder.
  • Demonstrated administrative or supervisory experience.
  • Oriented to the scope of practice of peers.
  • Openness to multiple pathways to recovery, including medication assisted treatment and harm reduction.
  • Commitment to client-centered service delivery.

To apply, submit your resume and cover letter to Anthony Bates Anthony.bates@chasiny.org and Jill Schlossberg Jill.Schlossberg@chasiny.org.  Cover letters should include the following: 

  1. Salary sought

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