Under the supervision of the Program Director and Coordinator, the Peer Specialist will work on PUMP, a SAMHSA-funded service grant for HIV positive men who have sex with men (MSM) with substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders. The Peer Specialist will outreach, engage, coach, advocate and role model for a diverse population of substance-using, HIV positive 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.
Recruit, screen, and enroll eligible participants from CORE center population.
Establish a supportive, professional relationship with patients and model healthy behaviors.
Assist patients in understanding individual case management and treatment plans, assist patients in completing paperwork and accompany patients to primary care or behavioral health treatment visits.
Accompany the patient to both clinical appointments and community-based services and settings such as AA/NA or NAMI, as needed.
Support in facilitation of PUMP-TREM groups and booster sessions.
Remind and help patients to identify and submit requested and/or other necessary documentation for medical, behavioral, benefits, and social service visits.
Work with community agencies and CORE outreach department in efforts to maintain patients in study and care.
Work with other Peer and Peer Navigation Programs to benefit all CORE Center patients.
Complete all assigned trainings including Certified Recovery Specialist Training or Peer Recovery Support Specialist.
Conduct 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.
REQUIRED FOR HIRE
Signed Statement of disclosure regarding HIV status, substance use and /or mental health recovery.
Education: Minimum of a high school diploma/GED or equivalent required. Knowledge of HIV treatment and prevention required. Familiarity with substance use issues and mental health. Graduate of CORE Center Peer Training Program required.
Certification: Customer Service and Peer Training documented in past year.
Work Experience: One year of work as a Peer Educator or Patient Navigator or CAB member or Other HIV/Recovery Advocacy Work.
Life Experience: Lived Experience with HIV positive diagnosis and consumer of medical services. At least 2 years lived experience with substance use and /or mental health recovery.
Competency: Good verbal and written general communication skills required. Basic computer skills required. Verbal and written Spanish competency required for Bilingual Peer Specialist position.
Up to 25% local travel (reimbursable); flexible 20 hr week, dependent on team assignment; $12/hr; union exempt