SUMMARY OF POSITION:
The OSOP Community Recovery Coach is an integral part of the SBIRT team that is designated to conduct outreach and engagement to survivors of an opioid overdose after discharge and referral from the emergency department. This individual provides non-clinical services intended to aid patients in establishing recovery and reducing the risk associated with a subsequent overdose. The OSOP Community Recovery Coach will assist in completing referrals to recovery support and substance use treatment services as well as developing service plans to promote successful linkage to referred services. Services will primarily be provided in the community, however the Coach may meet patients in the ED to assure successful continuity in care.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Conducts street outreach to locate and engage with patients referred from hospital emergency departments.
- Conducts screenings to understand the patient’s history of drug and/or alcohol use, treatment history, social service and other recovery support needs and motivation to change behavior.
- Facilitates patient’s readiness for change and uses motivational interviewing techniques and other communication skills to support and encourage the patient to plan for reduction or elimination of drug and alcohol use.
- Assists patients in setting personal recovery goals.
- Works with healthcare team and patient to identify community supports and treatment services to promote recovery.
- Supports patients and families to understand how to access community resources.
- Assists patients in linking to community supports and treatment services, including helping secure transportation and other resources.
- Acts as a peer support after patient is discharged from the hospital. This involves face-to-face and phone engagement with patients in various community settings.
- Provides family members with recovery support materials.
- Provides education on risks of overdose and assures that patient and significant others have naloxone and are trained to use.
- Completes required reports and other necessary documentation accurately.
High school diploma or G.E.D. is required. The candidate must be actively engaged in his/her own recovery with a minimum of two years demonstrated personal recovery experience from alcohol and/or drug use. The incumbent must be able to read, interpret documents and write routine reports. Basic computer skills are required. The OSOP Community Recovery Coach must demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills, the ability to relate to patients and health professionals, as well as good problem-solving skills. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate a willingness to learn and an interest in acquiring new skills. The incumbent should have a minimum of two years of professional experience in a substance use disorder setting providing peer support/navigation; and/or Certified Peer Specialist through the DC Department of Behavioral Health; and/or a Recovery Coach. Candidate must also have reliable transportation and valid drivers license.