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Harm Reduction Services Coordinator

Posted: 06/19/2021

This position provides assertive, community based interventions and case management services for high risk HIV- and HIV+ individuals who use drugs (PWUDs) in SW Ohio, N Kentucky, and SE Indiana. Provide outreach, HIV testing, education and intervention services directly to individuals at risk for contracting HIV. Link clients to resources, testing and education; facilitate access to medical care and medications, drug and/or alcohol treatment, syringe exchange programs, and holistic care resources; provide advocacy and psychosocial interventions.  

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Provide outreach, HIV testing and education for high-risk HIV- and HIV+ individuals who abuse or are dependent upon drugs, including injection drug use.
  • Provide outreach services onsite in medical, substance abuse and corrections facilities and at syringe service programs.
  • Provide education regarding harm reduction, HIV/AIDS, safer sex practices, medication adherence, linkage to medical care and safer IV drug use practices.  
  • Provide case management intervention services, including testing and education; initial assessments of service needs; and comprehensive individualized service planning, monitoring and revision.
  • Utilize bio-psychosocial models related to successful HIV/AIDS care and engagement of PWIDs, with continuous assessment of client, target community and/or family members’ needs and support systems. 
  • Provide linkage to HIV/AIDS and/or substance abuse medical care; assistance in obtaining and maintaining health insurance, benefits/entitlement programs, and other sources of support for positive physical health. 
  • Serve as an advocate for the target populations, including serving as a liaison between clients, providers and the larger community.
  • Effectively utilize a broad and comprehensive knowledge of community resources serving those living with HIV/AIDS and addiction, such as syringe exchange programs, use of Narcan, medical and mental health/substance abuse treatment providers.
  • Represent Caracole in the community and, develop partnerships and strategies with service providers in the tri-state area.  
  • Adhere to the harm reduction model as it relates to individual client care and public health. Adhere to Caracole standards of care.
  • Participate in quality management activities; individual/group/team supervision meetings and educational/training events.
  • Maintain timely and accurate client and statistical records as required by regulatory or funding agencies and Caracole; meet all required deadlines for documentation.
  • Maintain a collaborative working relationship with Caracole team members. 
  • Identify and pursue educational opportunities to promote professional growth.
  • Adhere to all rules, policies and regulations pertaining to privacy and confidentiality.
  • Drive testing van to sites in community; provide client transportation when needed. 
  • Other duties assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS:  

Bachelor’s degree in public health, social work, chemical dependency related field and/or 4 years commensurate experience. CDCA or CDC certification a plus.  Certification for HIV Test Counselor required with 6 months of hire.  Must possess excellent written and verbal communication and computer skills with dependable transportation.

REQUIRED SKILLS/ABILITIES
  • Has or can build relationships within the community of African American men and women who use drugs and are at risk for HIV. 
  • Must demonstrate sensitivity to persons living with chronic disease (HIV/AIDS and/or addiction) and co-existing social, mental and physical conditions. 
  • Basic knowledge of HIV/AIDS, substance abuse service networks, entitlement programs, medical and social community services. 
  • Ability to collaborate with staff, clients, families, community providers and multiple support systems. 
  • Must work well independently and be a strong member of a small team.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS/WORKING CONDITIONS:

Reliable transportation and ability to travel and work at community locations in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. Work in varied environments such as jails, prisons, substance abuse facilities, mobile vans; some may require stairs.  Strong mental and emotional heath self-care. Work on evenings approximately three times a month and occasional weekend assignments. Able to speak and read English, use a computer and telephone. The employee must be able to lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.  Manual dexterity and visual acuity for performing HIV pinprick tests.

 

SALARY AND BENEFITS

This position is full time, hourly: $18- $19/hr.  Benefits include Medical, Dental, Life and Disability  Insurance, 401K.  We are a progressive, dynamic human services organization and a great place to work!

Reflective of our strategic and client needs, we are proactively seeking a diverse applicant pool including applicants who are African American, Spanish speakers, immigrants, veterans, LGBTQ+, individuals with disabilities  and/or people with lived experience of HIV or homelessness.

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