Salary: $35,000 – $45,000 DOE
City: Kansas City
Advocate will conduct comprehensive assessment of strengths, needs, abilities and preferences; develop & implement individualized service plan and coordinate wrap-around resources to enhance recovery efforts utilizing all tools at their disposal; and educate all participants regarding innovative means for accessing and engaging in recovery-oriented services.
1. Active member of interdisciplinary teams, working to facilitate early intervention and reduction of barriers, follow up with collateral resources, facilitate interdisciplinary treatment planning, advocate for client needs and review progress in order to increase the opportunity for success in substance abuse treatment
2. Assess participants’ needs including severity of alcohol/drug use, mental health needs, personal strengths and case management needs
3. Help participants navigate the challenges that come with having a criminal history; housing challenges, unemployment, employment and housing discrimination, family issues, and legal difficulties.
4. Research and help participants connect with community resources such as job training, public benefits, healthcare, mental health services, support groups, etc.
5. Track milestones in participant achievement, such as finding employment, completion of certifications, increased wages, maintaining sobriety and avoiding recidivism
6. Participating in on-call rotation of clinical staff
7. Utilize an electronic system to accurately document clinical outcomes in a timely way by maintaining appropriate service notes, preparing reports necessary to communicate client status and progress toward identified goals and documenting all client and system contact within required timeframes
8. Facilitate educational groups related to building and sustaining recovery
9. Maintain professional and clinical knowledge of the field by attending training required for credentialing, reviewing professional publications and maintaining professional certifications and licenses as required
10. Respect client rights by maintaining confidentiality, completing training in cultural competencies and communicating with clients in a manner which is supportive of the recovery process
11. Transportation of clients may be required
12. Minimum of 60% of work is community-based, including courthouse and jail settings
13. Some in-town and out-of-town travel may be required to complete position responsibilities.
1. Working hours: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, with 30-minute lunch and two (2) 15 minute breaks (can be taken congruently).
2. First Call provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.
Requirements: KNOWLEDGE AND CRITICAL SKILLS/EXPERTISE
1. Minimum of bachelor’s degree in social services or related field -OR-
2. Certified substance abuse provider (including Certified Peer Specialist);
3. Must be eligible for jail security clearance;
4. Knowledge of community resources;
5. Familiarity with Motivational Interviewing;
6. Comfortable with use of laptop computer, electronic record-keeping, email, text, etc.;
7. Ability to plan, organize and execute multiple projects;
8. Well-developed written and oral communication skills;
9. Preference given to Bilingual (Spanish/English) applicants.
To Apply: Email cover letter and resume to Megan Fowler, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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