Under the supervision of the Program Director and Coordinator, the Interventionist will work on a SAMHSA-funded service grant for HIV Positive persons with substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health disorders. The Interventionist will work with a diverse population of substance-using, HIV positive men who have sex with men (MSM) in an effort to assist in their engagement in HIV primary care, substance use, and mental health treatment and community and peer-based services. The interventionist will be the primary facilitator for the PUMP-TREM intervention.
Recruit, screen for program eligibility, and enroll participants from the CORE population
Establish rapport and build an ongoing effective and positive working relationship with participants.
Provide adherence and support services to participants including identifying challenges to accessing care, providing assistance overcoming barriers, providing appointment reminder calls, and monitoring treatment attendance.
Facilitate trauma-based PUMP-TREM groups for substance abuse and/or mental health problems.
Encourage participants to identify personal strengths, abilities, and any assets to assist in achieving health goals.
Navigate health systems, substance use treatment programs, and appropriate social service agencies with participants to optimize care.
Conducts SUD/COD assessments.
Work closely with the PUMP team to ensure proper training and program adherence.
Attend regularly scheduled staff meetings and trainings to ensure and maintain the mission of PUMP.
Establish and maintain working relationships with CORE services and personnel.
Guide Peer Specialists in all participant engagement activities.
Perform all Peer Specialist duties as a back-up to the Peer Specialist
Provide non-cash incentives to participants who have completed specific performance measures and self-care activities.
Record and maintain confidential patient information in a timely and accurate manner.
Conduct follow up activities (including phone-calls, letters, and in person reminders) to ensure that participants are retained for 6-month and 12-month follow up performance measurements.
Locate and re-engage participants who would otherwise be lost to care.
Oversee field outreach (at participants’ residences, various social service agencies, including homeless shelters, food pantries, and hangouts) in various communities throughout Chicago in order to track lost or hard to engage participants.
Bachelor’s Degree in: Social Work, Psychology, Public Health or related fields.
Experience in case management, patient navigation, or medical care coordination.
Experience working with diverse populations (specifically those with unstable housing, substance use or mental health issues).
Familiarity with communities in which participants reside.
Excellent interpersonal skills and non-judgmental approach to engaging clients.
High level of demonstrated computer and technology experience, including real-time data entry to web-based and/or software-based systems.
Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and data entry experience
Verbal and written Spanish competency required for assignment if applying to bilingual position.
Master’s degree level: MSW, MPH or MA in related field
Clinical license or certification such as LCPCs, LCSWs, CADCs
Experience working in medical or social research studies
Experience working with HIV/AIDS population
Experience working in clinical setting and some knowledge of medical terminology
Certified addiction and drug counselor (CADC)
Previous experience conducting field outreach work, specifically, in retaining difficult to engage participants in care or research studies.
People of color, LGBTQ identified persons and bilingual individuals are encouraged to apply