The Program Coordinator III functioning as the Coordinator of Statewide Substance Abuse and Recovery Services will serve as the state-wide coordinator and liaison between the Department of Public Health’s (DPH) Bureau of Substance Addiction (BASA) Recovery Support Services and the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MCDHH) for those individuals most affected by the Substance Addiction. Working with full team of MCDHH case managers, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Independent Living (DHILS) specialists, who can further support those living in their communities. This position is part of the MCDHH’s Policy and Program team, receiving day-to-day supervision from the Deputy Commissioner of Policy and Programs.

The deadline to apply is today (5/22/2020).

Functions/Duties/Responsibilities:

– Provide information and training of substance use disorders, resources and multiple pathways of recovery
– Collaborate with MCDHH case managers as appropriate
– Provide educational training and resources regarding prevention and relapse prevention
– Serve as non-clinical supervisor of deaf recovery coaches (DRC)
– Responsible for documentation and maintaining records of all Supervision sessions with DRCs and referrals
– Refer participants to Independent Living Program for Deaf and Hard of Hearing people (DHILS) services for independent living skills, counseling, learning alternate ways to use leisure time, learning about money management, peer monitoring, etc.
– Refer participants to self-help groups and multiple pathways of recovery
– Ensure access and cultural competency of training materials for deaf with SUDs
– Work with DPH substance use vendors, regional teams and deafness professionals to facilitate collaboration
– Work with deafness providers to encourage/enable more referrals of Deaf, late deafened and hard of hearing individuals to the various components of the continuum of substance addiction services.
– Work with professional in the field of Deafness to improve support to consumers seeking recovery and offer case coordination to the participants as part of that support
– Work with Substance Use Treatment and Prevention providers, especially the designated magnet program for the five regions of the statewide network to help them develop more accessible/appropriate services for Deaf, Late Deafened and severely hard of hearing consumers. This could be done via;
– Working with consumer group to develop communication access and offer consultation and training programs
– Making recommendations for program development, collecting best practices and sharing that information
– Provide on-going non-clinical leadership, support and supervision for Deaf Recovery Coaches (DRC)
– Supervisor DRCs as group and individually
– Ensuring recovery coaches continue professional training, including successful completion of required CEU’s to maintain recovery coach certification
– Assume responsibility for program related invoicing and payments

Qualifications/Requirements:

– Fluency in American Sign Language and ability to conduct counseling services in ASL
– Master / Mentor – Certification as an Alcohol & Drug Counselor (CADC or CADC II) by the Massachusetts Board of Substance Abuse Counselor Certification, https://www.mbsacc.com; licensure at one of the three LADC levels by the MA DPH Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (BSAS)
– A minimum of ten years' experience providing counseling services with a focus on substance abuse treatment to Deaf individuals in Massachusetts
– A minimum of five years' experience providing supervisory services to early- and mid-career SUD Counselors for the Deaf in Massachusetts
– Experience providing and developing topical workshops to a range of audiences
– Experience supervising and leading team of direct care staff (recovery coaches)
– Familiarity with DPH’s Bureau of Substance Abuse Services including Recovery
– Possesses a master's degree in a relevant discipline

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