JOB SUMMARY: The Peer Community Reengagement Specialist (PCRS) will be responsible for working with people living with the Human Immuno-Deficiency Virus (HIV) that are recently released from prison and jail, disengaged from HIV primary care, and offering services to ensure that they are able to connect to and remain engaged in care. They are a critical component of the Medical Care Coordination (MCC) team. To assist the Medical Care Coordination staff, in linking and retaining patients in HIV corrections case management and medical care. The PCRS will work in concert with the Corrections Case Managers to assist patients in reducing barriers to maintain medical care and adherence to medications and HIV treatment. It is expected that the Retention Specialist will provide services to clients for a period of time no longer than 3 months.
Engage identified HIV clients who are referred to the CORE Center for Corrections and Employment Services. Assist in completing screeners and connect with every new referred client assuring clients first scheduled patient orientation is kept and begin services to assist in employment. Provide written information for both the pre-clinic and meetings as it pertains to patient needs and outcomes. Collaborate with a multidisciplinary team to ensure new patient issues are presented and addressed in a team format. Provide outreach to existing clients upon referral. Contact patients who no showed to their clinic appointment for rescheduling. Contact clients in their home, through an agency or by locating there where about i.e. correctional institution. Collaborate with the Case Management team on client issues/concerns as it relates to clients not coming in for their medical visit.
High School/GED Graduate required. Two to three year expertise working in the field of HIV service provision. Experience in traveling within the Chicago, suburban area. Experience in HIV related or medical filed. Knowledgeable and experienced working with HIV/AIDS Population. Working with a diverse population. Must have experience in Microsoft Word, Excel and Cerner (if worked internally within the CCH Bureau). Must drive, have a valid Illinois licensed and have a vehicle with insurance coverage.