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Harm Reduction Counselor Floater -Hampden County

Company: Tapestry
Location: Springfield
Posted on: November 23, 2021

Job Description:

Tapestry is committed to providing high quality, compassionate and community-based care to everyone in our region including the most vulnerable. We are passionate about providing non- judgmental sexual and reproductive healthcare, syringe access and disposal, overdose prevention and education, HIV support and prevention, and WIC family nutrition.Covid-19 Vaccine RequiredJob purposeUnder the direction of the Program Manager, the Harm Reduction Counselor will be responsible for working as part of a team to provide outreach and education to injection drug users and LBGTQIA+ individuals in regards to HIV prevention. Primary duties will include: developing effective goals and strategies to identify, access, educate and support injection drug users, MSM and LGBTQIA+ individuals in reducing their risk for HIV infection and transmissionDuties and responsibilitiesConduct Needle/Syringe exchange according to Tapestry Syringe Access Policies and Procedures.Identify and access injection drug using population, MSM and LGBTQIA+ individuals through innovative outreach efforts.Assess the education and prevention needs of IDUs, MSM and LGBTQIA+ individuals and their sexual partners.Maintain cooperative relationships with key leaders that include community leaders, agency staff, external agencies, business owners and other within the community.Engage with clients to provide education, prevention, and appropriate supported referrals to health services, PrEP and other services/agencies as needed.Develop peer educators in target populations, and support selected educators with on-going contact.Conduct presentations and provide needed services in various community and substance use related sites. This includes bars, clubs, detoxes, shelters, jails and other gathering sites of targeted population. Services include the provision of HIV/HCV/STI screening and Narcan distribution.Regular travel to needed Tapestry sites and local service agencies. Approximately 10% of working hours will be dedicated to travel time.Conduct HIV/HCV/STI screening that includes obtaining blood and urine samples, completion of submission of documentation, charting, and laboratory shipping.Participate in advisory committees, external meetings, and other educator and outreach worker networking and professional development opportunities locally and across the state.Perform other duties as assigned.QualificationsHigh school graduate or equivalentValid Driver's License and Access to Reliable TransportationKnowledge of HIV/AIDS and Harm Reduction principles and practicesExperience with substance use disorderExperience and ability to work with diverse communities across Western Mass.Awareness and involvement with LGBTGAI+ culture.Ability to work independently and as part of a team.Willingness to be trained in blood drawsAbility to provide high quality non-judgmental servicesStrong written and oral communication skillExperience with social media, dating apps and other online recruitment methods preferred.Experience with blood draws and Bilingual English/Spanish is preferred*Individuals with relevant personal experience strongly encouraged to apply*Working conditionsEvening and weekend availability required. Position schedule dependent on needs of participants and programs. Potential exposure to blood borne pathogens. Regular street outreach in various weather conditions required. Outreach to bars, clubs and other areas where high risk sex and drug use regularly occur required. Ability to deal with stressful situations. Ability to provide support to and coverage at other Tapestry harm reduction sites when needed.Physical requirementsRequired to occasionally lift up to 25 lbs. Ability to sit at a desk and conduct basic administrative duties. Ability to be outdoors for long periods of time in all weather conditions.Job Type: Full-timePay: $17.00 per hourBenefits:401(k)Dental insuranceEmployee assistance programFlexible spending accountHealth insuranceLife insurancePaid time offParental leaveVision insuranceSchedule:8 hour shiftMonday to FridayWeekend availabilityWork Location: Multiple Locations

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