Substance Abuse Support Specialist

AIDS Ministries/AIDS Assist

Company Overview: Founded by the North Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church in 1989, AM/AA has emerged as one of the state's leading AIDS Service Organizations (ASO's). Recognizing the link between people's health and quality of life, the first staff and volunteers set out to assist those facing HIV/AIDS. As the initial belief that a cure was coming soon passed quickly, education about HIV and its prevention came to the forefront of the agency's goals while it remains committed to those facing HIV. AM/AA provides the tools to help concerned individuals practice prevention in everything they do. AM/AA educates the community and works with them to find effective, common sense solutions to preventing HIV and assisting those who have HIV.
Industry: Social Services
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201 S. William Street
South Bend, Indiana 46601

Job Description:

Position Description: This position works with persons living with HIV and affected by substance abuse. This position also coordinates monitors and facilitates access to services for these individuals.

Responsibilities and Essential Functions:

  • Perform community HIV/substance abuse outreach to high-risk populations.
  • Conduct HIV/substance abuse presentations.
  • Teach harm reduction techniques to substance abusing population.
  • Distribute condoms, lube, and educational materials to high-risk substance abusers.
  • Complete written assessment tool to measure degree of use by clients.
  • Assess the needs of the client.
  • Develop and maintain achievable care plans, which may include making referrals to treatment center or mental health centers.
  • Conduct group meeting with those who have completed treatment and are involved in the aftercare program and for those who are trying to decide if they should enter treatment.
  • Attend client court hearings.
  • Visit clients in the county jails and hospitals.
  • Empower clients to take personal responsibility for coordinating access to services for their needs.
  • Provide support for clients which include referrals to medical, financial, legal, social, personal and spiritual services, assisting clients in obtaining services, and advocating for client in regards to services needed as the situation arises.
  • Maintain client files and document all services provided to clients, which includes intake, goals, progress notes, medical verification of HIV status, legal records, and ongoing plans of care according to agency standards and funding requirements.
  • Meet quarterly program goals including contact hours and number of participants.
  • Participate in site reviews, visits or audits as pertains to the department.

Other duties may be assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities: none

Job Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree from four-year college or university in fields of social work, mental health or related fields; or one to two years’ related experience and/or training required; MSW or related degree with experience preferred; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Excellent communication, interpersonal and organizational skills essential. Computer literate with Microsoft Office products required. The ability to maintain absolute confidentiality is expected.

Compensation: $28,000.00 to $30,000.00 /year

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