To apply, submit resume and cover letter answering the questions at the bottom to Megan Rocha-Adams via email at email@example.com OR in person/by mail to 401 Hall St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI.
Out County Overdose Outreach Worker
Project: Clean Works
Position: Overdose Outreach Worker
Reports To: Opioid Program Manager
Salary: $13-16 per hour
Status: Full-Time (approximately 30-40 hours/week)
The mission of the Grand Rapids Red Project is to improve health, reduce risk and prevent HIV in the greater Grand Rapids metropolitan service area. More specifically we seek to provide access to the knowledge, tools, information and support that people need to stay healthy, and begin making any positive change in their own lives and in their communities. We accomplish our mission through providing direct client service delivery and advocacy through the Clean Works Comprehensive Harm Reduction Program, Bar and Community Outreach, the Positive Choices support group, and HIV and hepatitis C counseling, testing and referral.
Red Project harm reduction programming has expanded throughout the 7-county region of West Michigan, including Kent, Allegan, Ottawa, Muskegon, Lake, Mason and Oceana Counties. This year we have expanded syringe access operations to Muskegon and Lake Counties. This position will be responsible for assisting in our overdose prevention program in the 7-county region. Overdose prevention trainings with the distribution of naloxone rescue kits happen from a variety of different locations targeting different communities. First, we target individuals currently using opioids through individual level trainings at our syringe access sites, as well as through group level trainings partnering with substance use treatment agencies. We also train staff at substance use treatment agencies, and other community partners likely to witness overdose situations. Finally, we train and equip law enforcement in these communities in how to respond to an opioid overdose with naloxone rescue kits. The individual who fills this position will be responsible for facilitating these trainings, assisting in syringe access and recovery coaching duties, as well as detailed below:
- Provide individual level overdose response training with the distribution of naloxone rescue kits from syringe access sites and other community locations
- Partner with local substance use treatment agencies in the 7-county region to provide group level overdose response training with the distribution of naloxone rescue kits to patients in treatment at the time.
- Provide staff training to agency staff and other community partners who may be likely to witness overdose situations.
- Provide law enforcement overdose response training.
- Promote programming to ensure hardest to reach and most at risk populations are being reached in the 7-county region
- Appropriately complete supply requisitions to ensure accurate inventory. Collect and enter data to accurately track progress of the program.
- Assist syringe access operations in Lake, Muskegon and Ottawa Counties.
- Provide targeted outreach through Clean Works and Mobile Health Unit sites to out of treatment individuals who inject drugs. Develop and build trust in communities served by the Clean Works program. Assist in program management.
- Assess clients for readiness to engage in service delivery outside the scope of the Clean Works program. Provide options for clients to improve their health and wellbeing, including but not limited to basic needs, methadone maintenance, suboxone, drug treatment, physical and behavioral health, food, shelter, support groups, and counseling. Assist clients in identifying which option will work for them. Walk clients through the referral process in accessing service delivery outside the Clean Works program.
- Work one on one with clients to set goals in achieving any positive change as they define it for themselves, to assess progress in achieving goals, and to redefine goals if necessary, in a client centered manner. Work with client to remove barriers to achieving any positive change. Document the process.
- Assist in creating a supportive environment through the Clean Works program, in which Recovery is an individually defined concept, and all paths towards it are encouraged. Share personal recovery journey as needed.
- Provide individualized HIV and hepatitis C risk reduction counseling and testing sessions on an as needed basis.
- Availability to provide in-office and in-the-field recovery coaching sessions.
- Assist in daily Red Project office activities.
- Other responsibilities assigned by supervisor.
This position requires traveling 60-75% of the time.
Send your resume and cover letter answering the questions below to:
by email firstname.lastname@example.org
In person or through post to: Megan Rocha-Adams, 401 Hall St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507.
Applications will be accepted and reviewed through Wednesday, July 31st, 5pm.
- Define recovery…
- Please tell us about your personal recovery story…
- How do you see recovery fitting into syringe access, overdose prevention and harm reduction?
- Tell us about what resources are available in the 7-county region of West Michigan that you will frequently connect participants to.
- Please tell us a little bit about your professional experience, and how it relates to being an Overdose Outreach Worker at Red Project.
- Tell us about your vision for this position at Red Project, and what change you would like to make in the world