Harm Reduction Care Coordinator
The Care Coordinator is responsible for providing intake, assessment, referrals, and ongoing care coordination for participants of VOCAL-NY. To build support for harm reduction in Brooklyn, the Care Coordinator will also be responsible for connecting with local service providers to strengthen partnerships and bi-directional referrals to ensure a full menu of services are available to the Brooklyn community of people who use drugs (PWUDs).
- Lead all efforts related to improving access both onsite and offsite services for participants of VOCAL-NY through ongoing assessment and development of wellness plans; this includes but is not limited to intake, assessment, referrals, in-person advocacy, maintenance of records, and ongoing coordination as part of a services team.
- Conduct intakes and assessments for participants who are eligible for care coordination services, including reviewing the role of the care coordinator, scope of services available onsite, initial wellness plans and goals, and long-term goals using a participant-centered approach.
- Provide health education that is relevant to the participant, including HIV and hepatitis C prevention education, safer injection and safer drug use practices, overdose prevention, money management, communication skills, and other topics.
- Provide referrals to services that are not available onsite, including but not limited to housing placement, drug treatment, medical, mental health, employment readiness, re-entry, support groups, HIV and/or hepatitis C treatment programs, and other services upon request.
- Provide audit-worthy records of all participant care coordination encounters, including both paper-based and electronic records, in a manner that promotes clarity and communication of participant needs and service plans.
- Serve as the main point-person for electronic health record (EHR) implementation, including ongoing revisions to forms and procedures based on contract changes or policy changes; lead the coordination of home and community based services (HCBS).
- Support office-based syringe exchange, health services & drop-in center activities. Syringe exchange services include conducting program intake, individual risk assessment sessions, supportive counseling, safer injection education, safer sex education, safer disposal education and resources, know-your-rights, services overview, internal and external referrals, and ongoing onsite support for people who use drugs. Drop-in center activities may include supporting team members in scheduled group sessions, monitoring the space for safety, preparation and close down procedures, and impromptu educational sessions.
- Attend trainings as needed to improve skills and knowledge.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Reports to the Director of Prevention Services
REQUIREMENTS / QUALIFICATIONS:
- Understanding of and commitment to basic harm reduction theory and practice
- A minimum of three (3) years of experience providing care coordination services to people who use drugs (PWUDs)
- Experience providing prevention education and safer drug use strategies and education strongly preferred
- Familiarity with service providers and/or connection with people who use drugs in Brooklyn a plus
- Completion of NYS Department of Health AIDS Institute training for SEP workers and volunteers (if not already completed, must complete within first 90 days)
- Excellent oral communication, writing, and listening skills
- Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
- Ability to complete required documentation
- Willingness to attend additional in-house and external trainings
- Proficient in applications including Outlook, Google, Microsoft Office
- Experience with AIRS, electronic health records (EHR), eSHARE, state-based reporting systems a plus
VOCAL-NY is a grassroots membership organization working to create healthy and just communities by building power among people affected by HIV and hepatitis C, mass incarceration and the war on drugs. We do this through community organizing, leadership development, participatory research, policy advocacy and direct action with the belief that true social change must come from the bottom up and be lead by those most directly impacted. VOCAL-NY provides onsite and peer-based syringe exchange, overdose prevention, hepatitis C and HIV education, drug treatment education and other services for people who use drugs. Services are provided in a low-threshold, nonjudgmental and culturally relevant manner.