Post Overdose Community Health Worker (POCHW)
- Framingham, MA 01702
- Job Type
- Salary: $38,000.00 to $41,000.00 /year
Who we are:
JRI Health, a leader in social justice, seeks to build a workforce that reflects the communities we serve. JRI offers a flexible and supportive work environment, competitive benefits, support to pursue professional and education goals, and more!
RISE is a multi-service component of JRI Health, serving the MetroWest area (Framingham, Marlborough, Milford, and surrounding towns). RISE offers Preventive Health Care such as confidential screening for HIV, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), and viral Hepatitis, LGBTQ Youth drop-in, overdose education and Naloxone distribution, syringe access, PrEP, Post Overdose Follow-up, and HIV client services, such as medical case management and group support services for individuals affected and living with HIV/AIDS.
Under the supervision of the Overdose Prevention & Harm Reduction Manager and working alongside other staff, the Post-Overdose Community Health Care Worker will provide overdose follow-up interventions in the cities of Framingham, Ashland, Natick, Marlborough, and Hudson using Harm Reduction principals. Will work closely with first responders (police, EMT, & health departments) in the five areas described above to help connect people to treatment, harm reduction services, and other services to help reduce unintentional overdoses and / or infectious diseases. The POCHW’s main purpose is to build ongoing relationships that are respectful, collaborative, and strengthen the connection between people who use drugs and services that can help survivors across the continuum (using drugs, in recovery, thinking of recovery, in treatment, etc).
What We Need:
· An individual committed to social justice mission and principles of cultural responsiveness, harm reduction, and trauma-informed care. Demonstrated cultural responsiveness and ability to work with diverse populations including Black, Latinx, LGBTQ+ cultures and cultures of people who use drugs (PWUD).
· Work closely with the Program Manager to develop, implement, manage and evaluate the Post-Overdose Follow-up Program, with the goals of preventing overdose deaths in the MetroWest area.
· Provide post-overdose outreach and follow-up accompanied by someone from the police or fire department to visit overdose survivors and their family in the days or weeks following the overdose event.
· Support survivors and their families by providing information on insurance options, and / or treatment facilities, referrals, counseling services, harm reduction services, and develop an overdose response plan, and or explore strategies for reducing the risk of another overdose.
· Provide supported short-term health navigation to address substance use.
· Provide education and enroll people on naloxone administration at its core.
· Administer a brief assessment to determine a person’s risk for future overdose and / or readiness for treatment or other needed services that are client-centered.
· Conduct street outreach activities with the harm reduction team for people who use drugs in MetroWest area and settings where people who use drugs congregate.
· Provide education and drug user health information utilizing harm reduction and stages of change interventions by distributing safer sex, naloxone, and syringe supplies.
· Develop linkages to resources that address specialized needs, such as agencies providing services related to HIV/AIDS, mental health disorders, chronic and acute health problems, pregnant and parenting women, veterans and problems stemming from involvement with the criminal justice system.
· Provide workshops on naloxone & syringe access to communities and clients impacted by opioid addiction.
· Allow for a flexible schedule in order to accommodate hours for outreach and meeting attendance.
· Attend regularly scheduled meetings and trainings that support the mission and objectives of both agencies and/or that are mandated by the funding requirements.
· Carry out other related duties as may arise and requested by the DQA, Nurse Practitioner, Program Manager, and any other supervisor.
Under the direction of the Program Manager, this individual will work full. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, remote work is possible.
What You Have:
· High school or Bachelors preferred.
· Must have personal or professional experience in the guiding principles of recovery that assist individuals to improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and reach their full potential.
· Must have at least 2 years’ demonstrated experience working with high need individuals with substance use and mental health disorder.
· A Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor I or Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor II degree preferred.
· Available to work evenings one evening per week & able to work alone in an unsupervised environment.
· Bilingual in Spanish/English and/or Portuguese/English preferred.
- A valid driver’s license and a reliable vehicle.
· General knowledge of health promotion and HIV, STI and Viral Hepatitis prevention strategies (will train).
· General knowledge and understanding of the relevant evidence-based interventions (will train).
· Excellent counseling and communication skills, ability to work independently and as part of an integrated team.
· Strong sense of professionalism, boundaries, and ethics.
· Background Check: Acceptable CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information), OIG background check, driving record.
What You Get:
· To positively make a difference in the lives of others;
· To join a team that is diverse, supportive, and fun;
· Opportunities for training, professional development, and advancement;
· Generous Paid Time Off (PTO) starting within the first year;
· Tuition reimbursement – up to $4,000 per year;
· Over 76% covered health insurance and if you are covered by another non-state/ government sponsored health plan and decline health coverage you receive an additional $73.84 per bi-weekly pay period;
· 100% dental insurance;
· 401K – JRI matches employee contributions up to $800/calendar year;
· Pension (vested after 5 years).
More about Us:
JRI is a mission driven agency committed to creating a diverse, inclusive workforce to help us advance social justice. Find out more about JRI’s programs and services in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island as well as unique career opportunities at www.jri.org.
Be who you are! JRI is strongly committed to providing an inclusive, diverse and welcoming environment for our employees and the people we serve. Persons from diverse backgrounds including women, communities of color, the LGBTQ community and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. JRI is an equal opportunity employer.
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