School of Nursing - ECOP Community Peer Recovery Specialist

Fairfax, VA
Commensurate with education and experience.
May 22, 2023
Oct 12, 2023
Full Time
School of Nursing - ECOP Community Peer Recovery SpecialistThe George Mason University College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) invites applications for the ECOP Community Peer Recovery Specialist position. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.About ECOP:The Empowered Community Opioid Project (ECOP) utilizes principles from care coordination, case management, and population health to maximize health outcomes and resource utilization for populations and the individuals within them. This targeted approach is a hub-and-spoke community model of care which arranges clinical service delivery assets into a network consisting of an anchor establishment (hub) which offers a full array of clinical support services, and secondary communities (spokes), routing patients needing more intensive services to the hub for treatment. Additionally, it uses active cross-sector system collaborations with criminal justice, behavioral health, and medical teams to optimize resources.About the Position:The Community Peer Recovery Specialist is an active member of the ECOP Team. As a peer navigator, this role is vitally important in forming a strong bond between participants and community partners (CSB, jail, others). The Community Peer Recovery Specialist serves on the Community Site team (spoke site). This role provides a continuation of assistance in building recovery community models for cross-sector collaboration, engagement, and mentorship of the ECOP model and coordination for quick access to MAT/MOUD Bridges for rapidly released individuals who are involved in the carceral and legal systems.Responsibilities:The Community Peer Recovery Specialist (Peer Navigator) develops a one-on-one relationship with program participants who are early in their recovery journey. The Peer Navigator encourages, motivates, and supports. Responsibilities include peer navigation and Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) bridge coordination for the ECOP community site.Peer Navigation for the Community Sites (spoke)Jail In-reach. Engage with incarcerated persons who have opioid challenges to explain ECOP. Increase the likelihood of connection at release. Provide resource ideas for ineligible individuals;ECOP Intake. Consent eligible participants. Completed intake process with eligible participants;Peer recovery resource connecting. Provide information on available resources for health insurance, COVID, medical, behavioral health, housing, transportation, etc.;Building community. Build relationships with local agencies, advocating for participants. Assist individuals and communities to adopt healthy behaviors and social networks; andCollaborate with partner peer for continued peer recovery support and coordination.Bridge Care Coordination for Community Sites (spoke)Medication for Opioid Use Disorder. Collaborate with ECOP Bridge Team to coordinate rapid connection to MOUD and ensure local community provider intake;Care Coordination. Collaborate with ECOP Bridge Team to coordinate inpatient treatment, reengaging with participant upon discharge; andTeam Member. Participate on integrated care team but not responsible for care plan.Data TrackingParticipant Documentation. Document participant interactions and resource connectivity;Monitoring Survey. Administer benchmark surveys; andCommunity Data. Collect data to help identify social and community health needs and gaps.Other duties as assigned.Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:Peer Support skillsAbility to use your own lived experience with addiction and justice-involvement, to help others access care and reintegrate after incarceration;Ability to maintain professional boundaries;Comfortable using your own recovery journey to help others connect to services;Ability to maintain confidentiality;Demonstrate strong written and verbal communication skills;Ability to build rapport and listen actively; andAbility to role model recovery.Technical skillsAbility to type and enter data;Ability to use Microsoft Office, Excel, Outlook, Zoom;Ability to enter notes timely into an electronic health record; andAbility to manage one's own time to complete tasks.Required Qualifications:Lived experience of and in stable recovery from a substance use disorder, with at least two years of sobriety;Ability to serve as a role model for recovery, wellness, and self-advocacy;Disclosure of recovery experiences;Completion of Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) 72-hour peer recovery specialist curriculum;Completion of Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS) within 6 months of hire;Reliable transportation to meet participants and partners within the local Health District; andAbility to meet volunteer criteria at the local or regional jail (e.g., Chesterfield County Jail, Riverside Regional Jail, Prince William-Manassas Regional Jail).Preferred Qualifications:Lived experience of the carceral and legal systems;Bi-lingual (Spanish) speaking;Experience in wraparound intervention as a peer specialist; andCollaboration on an integrated team with behavioral health, medical, or justice system partners.

For full consideration, applicants must apply at; complete and submit the online application. Please upload a (1) cover letter, (2) a resume, and (3) a list of three professional references with contact information. Also, please include (4) a diversity statement summarizing the extent to which you have worked with any individuals from marginalized groups and how you helped them identify and overcome barriers to success.

"Great Careers Begin at Mason! George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report "Up and Coming" spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason's diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at!George Mason University, Where Innovation is Tradition."

George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.

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