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Outreach Center CPRS

NSI is honored to receive Opioid Abatement Council (OAC) funding beginning in July 2024. This funding will allow additional staff to serve our community through hands-on, collaborative, and holistic care. At this point, funding for the following position is for a term of 3 years.

Outreach Center CPRS Detailed Description

Job Title: Outreach Center CPRS

Organization: Next Step Initiative Tennessee (NSI)

Location: 611 Citico St, Knoxville, TN 37921 and some work in the community

Position Type: Full-time, estimated at 32 hours/week

About Next Step Initiative: NSI is a leading nonprofit organization committed to providing harm reduction and outreach services to individuals affected by substance use disorders and/or homelessness. Our mission is to empower individuals on their journey to wellness by offering comprehensive support, resources, and education.

Job Description: NSI is seeking a dedicated and compassionate individual to join our team as an Outreach Center CPRS. This position plays a
pivotal role in delivering essential support services to our clients and contributing to our harm reduction efforts in the community.

- Possession of a valid driver's license and reliable transportation.
- Certification as a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS).
- Ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds.
- Ability to stand for the majority of your shift.
- Experience documenting services using an electronic health record (EHR).
- Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to maintain professional boundaries with clients.
- Ability and willingness to obtain certification for HIV/HCV testing if not already certified.

- Willingness to work in the community, including the encampments of people experiencing homelessness who are currently using substances.

- Distribute food, hygiene items, safe using supplies, and other essentials to clients in a respectful and non-judgmental manner.
- Provide comprehensive case management services to individuals accessing support, including assessing needs, developing individualized care plans, and monitoring progress towards goals.
- Transport clients to appointments, support groups, and other essential services as needed.
- Document all delivered services accurately and timely in accordance with
organizational protocols and EHR requirements.
- Conduct HIV/HCV testing, counseling, and education sessions, ensuring
confidentiality and sensitivity to clients' needs.
- Facilitate referrals to other care providers, community collaborators, and support services based on clients' needs and preferences.

- Collaborate with the outreach team to plan and implement harm reduction activities, including transportation to needle exchange programs, overdose prevention education, and community outreach events.
- Participate in ongoing training and professional development opportunities to enhance skills and knowledge related to harm reduction, substance use disorders, and case management best practices.
- Perform other harm reduction and outreach activities as needed to support the mission and objectives of NSI.

- Commitment to the principles of harm reduction, peer support, and self-directed care.
- Excellent communication, problem-solving, and organizational skills.
- Ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team.
- Empathy, compassion, and non-judgmental attitude towards individuals facing challenges related to substance use.
- Previous experience in case management, social services, or related field is preferred.
- Familiarity with community resources and referral networks is advantageous.

How to Apply: Please submit a resume and cover letter outlining your qualifications, lived experience, and interest in the position to Applications will be accepted until June 25, 2024.

Next Step Initiative is an equal opportunity employer and encourages individuals with criminal records to apply. We value diversity and inclusion in our workforce and strive to create a supportive and inclusive environment for all employees.

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