Employment

Harm Reduction Counselor

Location:

NYC Metropolitan Area

Overview

The Harm Reduction Counselor provides counseling, syringe exchange, and care coordination services to People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA), people who inject or use drugs, and HIV& HCV at-risk individuals.

Responsibilities

  • Screen and identify individuals who qualify for program services based on contractual program eligibility.
  • Conduct daily syringe exchange and engage clients around safer drug use management.
  • Engage in individual alcohol and other drug (AOD) interventions, harm reduction, and health promotion interventions; these are client-centered harm reduction interventions to help initiate and maintain positive behavior change, and to empower clients with the information necessary to make informed decisions about their health and well-being
  • Educate and train individuals of opioid overdose and the use of Narcan.
  • Provide relevant, accurate, and appropriate risk reduction information via counseling, distributing literature safer sex supplies, and explaining how supplies may be used to reduce risks;
  • Coordinate Hepatitis Peer Navigation services and attend required monthly meetings;
  • Identify programs in the agency whose clients could benefit from Harm Reduction services; take initiative to create partnerships throughout agency in order to expand reach of program;
  • Complete data entry assignments by entering the services in agency databases and into the appropriate databases within required timelines.
  • Coordinate outreach encounters with peers and other program staff;
  • Accompany participants to service engagement sites as needed;
  • Conduct community presentations as requested by community partners;
  • Assist agency partners to coordinate services for high-risk populations;
  • Conduct integrated care conferences to ensure stability in care and other services.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in human services, substance abuse, health care, and other related fields with 1-year experience in non-profit social services work, case management.
  • Associates degree in human services, health sciences, substance use counseling, health care, and other related fields, with 2 years of qualifying experience in the field of human services, social services, case management, substance use, and other related field
  • Knowledge in HIV, Hepatitis C care, harm reduction, substance use.
  • Familiar with the use of AIRS, EShare, EiCare, ECW, STARS, HCV Navigation, Biscom, One Drive.

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