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Overdose Prevention Specialist

Company: The McGregor Clinic, Inc.
Location: Fort Myers
Posted on: September 21, 2022

Job Description:

*About us*The McGregor Clinic, Inc. is a nonprofit healthcare program which provides an integrated approach to patient care emphasizing services for clients living with HIV.Our mission statement reflects our goal to put clients first and to help the whole individual by providing primary medical care for persons living with HIV.Summary: Increase knowledge and build awareness of opioid poisoning for individuals who use substances in Lee County. Increase access to naloxone distribution in a nontraditional setting, as peers will travel to remote and underserved areas and provide on the spot training and make linkages for support. This is focused on high-risk populations who experience barriers accessing naloxone within an organizational setting. The cornerstone of this project is peer engagement; peers will be involved in every step of the process from program delivery and evaluation. The ability for peers to develop trusting and meaningful relationships with people who use substances will play an imperative role in individuals ability and willingness to access naloxone training and community resources. Understand recreational drug use can lead to risky behaviors that increase the chances of getting HIV or transmitting to others. Recreational drugs can include injection and non-injection drugs, such as opioids (including heroin), methamphetamine (meth), and crack cocaine can lead to risky behaviors.*_SUPERVISION RECEIVED: _*Reports to Director of Prevention and Community Services.*_ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES_*Include, but are not limited to, the following: - Utilize evidence-based resources including, but not limited to SAMSHA's Overdose Prevention Toolkit, Harm Reduction Guide to Developing and Managing Overdose Prevention and Take-Home Naloxone Projects, and the Good Samaritan Law. - Conduct individual and group training sessions to educate and distribute Naloxone kits to individuals in the community who are affected by opiate use and overdose. - Provide training to individuals regarding naloxone use through outreach efforts to other non-profits and community organizations. - Attend staff meetings and educational events as a representative of the department. - Independently seek out and be responsible for continued community engagement opportunities for outreach, testing, condom distribution, Business Response to AIDS, Faith Response to AIDS and any other ongoing initiatives. - Develop opioid overdose prevention curriculum and educational materials for the project - Provide informal overdose prevention and HIV/AIDS education at various venues - Provide culturally relevant and linguistically appropriate Overdose prevention and HIV Counseling, Testing and Linkage throughout the community via events and partnership opportunities as well as in-house during regular business hours. - Maintain, track and monitor administrative paperwork and statistical date as instructed such as trainings delivered, and kits distributed - Assist with coordination of community events surrounding Overdose Awareness Day. - Participate in public health and community events to disseminate information about HIV and increase awareness. - Recruit and supervise paid peers and strengthen their capacity to assist in program delivery. - Attend meetings, conferences, and trainings to expand knowledge of overdose prevention, HIV and related topics in order to be current on emerging trends. - Actively participate in departmental strategic planning to assist with the development and implementation of strategies for providing continued services to the community. - Regularly assist with food pantry and clothes closet stocking, maintenance, and service provision.*_SKILLS/EXPERIENCE: _* - Minimum 2 years' experience working within a harm reduction framework (personal experience participating in harm reduction services may substitute for up to 1 year of work experience) - Minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (GED); Bachelor's degree, preferred - Personal experience with opioid addiction; if applicant, at least two years in recovery - Strong attention to detail and organization - Ability to communicate, engage and build rapport with substance users - Ability to create and deliver training in a variety of settings - Excellent oral and written communication skills - Ability to read, analyze and interpret general information and data - Ability to interact with diverse populations - Ability to handle priorities and projects in a timely and professional manner - Ability to effectively present information in a clear manner as well as to respond to questions - Must have ability to problem-solve and process-through issues and situations. - Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients, employees and the public - Knowledge of computer programs (Microsoft Office 365, Windows 10) - Ability to read, understand and follow oral and written instructions. - Must have reliable transportation, and a valid driver's license. - Must be able, or willing to learn how, to safely drive a 26-foot mobile testing unit when assigned.*_ENVIRONMENTAL WORKING CONDITIONS: _*Office environment will vary between regular office and outdoors based on event needs. Hours will vary weekly based on work assignments. Maximum hours per week will be 40.*_PHYSICAL DEMANDS: _*Requires sitting and standing associated with a normal office environment and community outreach. Manual dexterity needed for using a computer keyboard and projector.We are an equal opportunity employer committed to embracing diversity and are opposed to practices which discriminate on basis of race, class, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, dis/ability, age, or nationality. We are especially interested in hiring workers who reflect the communities we serve through their lived experience. We encourage all interested individuals to apply.Job Types: Temporary, Full-timePay: $18.00 - $20.00 per hourSchedule:* 8 hour shift

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