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POSITION IS PART-TIME - 12 to 15 hours per week
Under direction and in collaboration with Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness, The Harm Reduction Specialist works in the community (community based organizations, shelters, and other agencies) to provide outreach services to injecting drug users. Also works in and around sites such as recreational areas, parks, and at the street level to identify persons at risk.
Persons from these populations will be contacted and encouraged to participate in the program established by the grant (data collection, education regarding lower risk sex and the prevention of spreading HIV), and to enter into the Syringe Exchange- Program. Also serves as back-up to Louisville Public Health and Wellness's mobile syringe exchange unit.
Knowledge of substance use, harm reduction and addiction recovery with an emphasis on syringe exchange. High school diploma or GED is required.
Prior training and experience with the population is recommended. Must have general knowledge of alcoholism and drug abuse issues, HIV, HIV prevention and Hep C. Skills in oral communication and interpersonal relationships including public speaking and advocacy skills.
Ability to work with minimal supervision. Ability to exercise tact, diplomacy and discretion, and to maintain and sustain confidential relationships with clients. Must learn and apply agency, personnel and program policies and procedures and stipulations of the grant contract.
1.Satisfactory criminal records check.
1.Works in the community (parks, shelters, and community based organizations) to educate target population about the Syringe Exchange Program.
2.Prepare and post a monthly schedule of activities which reflect at least 75% of time spent in the field, at site other than official work station.
3.Serve as backup to the mobile syringe exchange unit operated by Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness.
4.Provide specialized training to individuals, agencies and organizations who have special contact with injecting drug users.
5.Provide pre and post test HIV counseling to persons requesting that service.
6.Identify local organizations and people, to act as gatekeepers or local referral sources for injecting drug users. Provide training and periodically check in and provide on-going support.
7.Maintain a list of area resources, including gatekeepers, speakers and individuals and groups available for training.
8.Works with self identified IDU's on Vein Care, How to shoot up with care, Condom usage dietary needs, and the syringe exchange program.
9.Develop Client files with a Care Plan & assist clients with follow up of plan.
10. Train Volunteers for Outreach.
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