Position Available: Part Time Wellness Advocate
Relay is a new initiative providing 24/7 support to individuals transported to hospital emergency departments (EDs) following a non-fatal opioid overdose. The part time Wellness Advocate, reporting to the Wellness Advocate Supervisor in the Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Use Care, Prevention and Treatment, will visit patients in the ED to provide immediate support and overdose prevention training following an overdose event and link patients with team members for ongoing support and linkage to care.
Duties and Responsibilities:
The part time Wellness Advocates will be responsible for the following activities, including but not limited to:
• During contracted hours, be on-call to respond to alerts that a patient has been transported to a hospital ED following a non-fatal overdose and has agreed to be contacted.
• Using their lived experience with substance use to provide support to patients in the ED following a non-fatal overdose, introduce the program to patients and obtain consent for follow up services.
• Conduct overdose risk reduction counseling and prevention trainings with patients and their social networks including naloxone distribution.
• Work collaboratively with ED staff.
• Maintain detailed records of patient contacts.
• Collect, report and review program data to assess program performance.
• Attend monthly supervision meetings.
• Work collaboratively with other Relay team members and perform other duties as assigned.
Compensation for this position is as follows:
$13/hr when On-Call, anywhere within one hour of the assigned hospital ED
$30/hr when responding to an ED Call, including travel time to and from ED.
A Wellness Advocate possesses first-hand lived experience using substances and is eager to draw from their own personal history in order to provide support through risk reduction counseling, naloxone training, and linkage to care for those experiencing a non-fatal opioid overdose in the Emergency Department.
The successful candidate will have familiarity and openness to a range of drug treatment modalities, the principles of harm reduction, and will possess, at a minimum, a high school diploma. This candidate will be a Certified Peer Recovery Advocate (CRPA) or have commensurate experience of at least two years in the human service field.
This candidate will also be willing to travel within the five boroughs, have a demonstrated ability to work with culturally diverse populations and have strong communication and organizational skills.
There are three shifts:
1. Weekday overnights 7pm-7am
(alternating each week M/W/F to T/TH)
2. Saturdays and Sundays 7am-7pm
3. Saturdays and Sundays 7pm-7am
Must also be available for program training and supervision.
Please send your cover letter (indicate which shifts you are applying to) and resume to: AlcoholDrugUseBureau@health.nyc.gov