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State of Massachusetts Aftercare Recovery Specialist - On Site RAP (HSC I) in Taunton, Massachusetts

The Recovery from Addictions Program (RAP) operated by the Department of Mental Health (DMH) is seeking a dynamic individual to participate in individual/team meetings and providing advocacy for clients while discharge plans are being developed and arranged.

The Aftercare Recovery Specialist (HSC I) performs specific duties on-site at RAP including initiating MAUD (Medication for Alcohol Use Disorder) and MOUD (Medication for Opiate Use Disorder) referrals for clients, supporting clients with phone screens to residential and sober home placements, reviewing and signing off on aftercare discharge instructions, and connecting clients with assigned aftercare coordinators via phone and video conferencing.

_Work Schedule:_ The work schedule is 40 hours. The selected candidate will work 8:30am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday. The days off will be Sunday and Saturday.

_Duties and Responsibilities (these duties are a general summary and not all inclusive):_

  • Collaborates with the clinical and medical staff to establish client’s aftercare needs and provides follow-up on services; participates in team and discharge meetings.

  • Creates service/support plans and goals for rehabilitation, stabilization, and delivery of services; supports clients through completion of services.

  • Meets with clients on the unit and in the community on a regular basis to continue to provide support for community living needs, medical, psychiatric and rehabilitation services and other support services.

  • Performs specific duties on site at RAP including initiating MAUD (Medication for Alcohol Use Disorder) and MOUD (Medication for Opiate Use Disorder) referrals for clients, supporting clients with phone screens to residential and sober home placements, supporting clients with reviewing and signing off on aftercare discharge instructions, and supporting clients with connecting with assigned aftercare coordinators via phone and video conferencing. Will assist with forwarding and following up with all referrals.

  • Schedules and coordinates meetings to assist with preparing service/support plans and crisis prevention plans.

  • Partners with clinical and medical staff to assess/determine the clinical and rehabilitative services needed by clients; refers to and arrange needed services and provides direct services on an interim basis.

  • Plans and chairs meetings to initiate, revise, and prepare service/support plans; participates in the development of crisis prevention/risk assessment plans.

  • Monitors clients’, guardian’s, and family’s response to services; determines the effectiveness of services, arranges for and coordinates crisis intervention for individuals receiving services.

  • Provides clients with professional comprehensive interdisciplinary social services, including casework and service placements, and provides consultation to other community, public, or private agencies.

  • Recommends and refers to services relating to substance treatment services, benefits, housing, education, and employment.

  • Conveys information and explains options to clients with varying expectations, needs, cultures, and languages and assists them in determining their best methods or actions.

  • Participates in staff meetings, case conferences, educational conferences, and mandatory trainings to enhance professional and personal growth.

  • Accompanies clients to appointments, court appearances, programs, and medical appointments; and assist as needed.

_Required Qualifications:_

  • Ability to facilitate groups

  • Demonstrated understanding of boundaries and ethics

  • Skilled in the ability to follow oral and written instructions/directions.

  • Talent for establishing and maintaining harmonious working relationships and deal tactfully with others.

_Program Requirements:_

  • Minimum of one (1) year experience working with clients with primary substance use disorders; knowledge of substance use and treatment systems.

  • Lived experience

  • Current & valid driver license.

_Preferred Qualifications:_

  • Ability to demonstrate a positive, non-judgmental, and accepting attitude toward individuals with substance use disorder.

  • Self-motivated with strong organizational skills and superior attention to detail.

  • Given the population served, bilingual or multilingual fluency.

_About the Recovery from Addictions Program (RAP):_

The Department of Mental Health (DMH) in collaboration with the Department of Public Health (DPH) Bureau of Substance Addiction Services operates a statewide Recovery from Addictions Program (RAP) for individuals civilly committed by the courts for substance use treatment for up to 90 days (“Section 35 commitment”).

The program model will provide acute detoxification and early clinical stabilization services as we help clients develop community-based linkages to outpatient supports and substance use disorder treatment providers. The individuals treated within this program will be linked upon discharge to a range of services within the DPH continuum of care for substance use conditions. RAP provides administrative, medical, clinical and non-clinical services. Its mission to provide quality client-centered care and recovery oriented treatment.

_DMH Mission Statement:_

The Department of Mental Health assures and provides access to services and supports to meet the mental health needs of individuals of all ages, enabling them to live, work and participate in their communities. The Department establishes standards to ensure effective and culturally competent care to promote recovery. The Department sets policy, promotes self-determination, protects human rights and supports mental health training and research.

_Total Compensation:_

As an employee of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts you are offered a great career opportunity influencing a wide-spectrum of services to the diverse populations we serve - but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits which you should consider towards your overall compensation, including:

  • 75% state paid medical insurance premium

  • Reasonable Dental and Vision Plans

  • Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Assistance programs

  • Low cost basic and optional life insurance

  • Retirement Savings: State Employees' Pension and a Deferred Compensation 457(b) plan

  • 12 paid holidays per year and competitive Sick, Vacation and Personal Time

  • Tuition benefit for employee and spouse at state colleges and universities

  • Short-Term Disability and Extended Illness program participation options

  • Incentive-based Wellness Programs

  • Professional Development and Continuing Education opportunities

  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

_Pre-Hire Process:_

A criminal background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visit http://www.mass.gov/hhs/cori

Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division’s Hiring Guidelines.

Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth’s website.

For questions, please contact the Human Resource Office at (508) 977-3120.

First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

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Applicants must have (A) at least three (3) years of full-time or equivalent part-time, professional experience in human services work or social work or (B) any equivalent combination of the required experience and substitutions below.

Substitutions:

I. A Bachelor’s degree or higher in a related field may substitute for two (2) years of the required (A) experience.

Based on assignment, travel may be required. Incumbents who elect to use a motor vehicle for travel must have a current and valid motor vehicle driver’s license at a class level specific to assignment.

Based on assignment as Qualified Intellectual Disabled Professionals, within the Department of Developmental Services, a Bachelor’s degree or higher in social work, psychology, sociology, counseling, counseling education, education of the physically or emotionally handicapped, education of the multiple handicapped, education of the learning disabled, human services, rehabilitation, rehabilitation counseling, nursing, recreation therapy, art therapy, dance therapy, music therapy, physical education or other a related field is required.

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply

Job: *Community and Social Services

Organization: *Department of Mental Health

Title: Aftercare Recovery Specialist - On Site RAP (HSC I)

Location: Massachusetts-Taunton-60 Hodges Avenue

Requisition ID: 2100035Q

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