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OTP Community Coordinator in Providence, RI at Acadia Healthcare

Date Posted: 2/13/2019

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    At least 5 year(s)
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Job Description


We are currently seeking a full-time Opioid Treatment Program (OTP) Community Liaison for our Discovery House - Providence facility. Hours are 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Monday - Friday.

Discovery House - Providence, a member of Acadia Healthcare's Comprehensive Treatment Centers, is a part of the leader in medication assisted treatment for individuals seeking recovery from Opioid Use Disorder. With full-circle care that includes a blend of therapies and the use of safe and effective medications, we are prepared to treat the entire disease, not just a piece of it.

Position Characteristics:

The OTP liaison position will serve as a human link between the OTP and the community. The liaison will report to the OTP Executive staff assigned to supervise and help coordinate his/her activities.  The key responsibility is to work with the local stakeholders and community-based organizations; including but not limited to police departments and first responders, federally qualified health centers, local housing agencies and most importantly at primary care settings to ensure there is an understanding of and access to medication assisted treatment.  Education, engagement and coordination are key responsibilities.  The successfully candidate should be comfortable speaking in public and facilitating diverse groups. During their workday, liaisons normally split their time between offices and traveling to meetings with organizations in the local community.  Liaisons may also assist in MAT coordination issues with BH LINK. 

Liaison Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Schedule and facilitate meetings with local community organizations, such as listed above, to discover any barriers and concerns related to accessing and understanding MAT/OTP services.
  • Following any community meetings, a liaison will write timely reports to share insights with the OTP Executive staff and gathered information to include in the quarterly reports due to BHDDH.
  • Provide quarterly reports to BHDDH to include the above.
  • Coordinate a community needs assessment with the local and regional prevention coalitions and Health Equity Zones to determine educational needs and resource supports.
  • Build effective partnerships to facilitate engagement and outreach and promote grassroots marketing initiatives.
  • Interface with communities and openly represent the OTP among businesses, at Community Overdose Engagement (CODE) meetings, local and Governor’s Task Force meetings, and other potential collaborative opportunities, with the intent to improve education and access to MAT services.
  • After identifying agency barriers, the liaison will have the ability to suggest solution tactics to encourage resolutions and provide follow up meetings to ensure continued relationship building and coordination.
  • Meet with other OTP Liaisons quarterly to share planning activities and to avoid duplication of efforts.
  • Attend the Governor’s Overdose Treatment workgroup to assist in the strategic workplan to build access and reduce stigma regarding MAT
  • Perform general administrative duties as assigned and participate in supervision activities.

Job Requirements

  • A minimum of a bachelor’s degree or LCDP/LCAADC; or Master’s degree preferred in social/health sciences, social work, sociology, psychology, public administration, or related discipline.
  • Liaison must have work experience with Medication Assisted Therapy or be able to demonstrate full knowledge of all 3 FDA medications along with a solid understanding of RI treatment resources and the various ASAM levels of care.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience working in the community sector with diverse organizations and with individuals living with a range of diverse needs including disabilities, mental health, cultural diversity and complex care needs.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with the initiative to work independently.
  • Demonstrated ability to consult and liaise with health and community organizations to coordinate activities.
  • Demonstrated high level of effective verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Preferred qualifications are for a minimum of five years’ experience conducting community outreach and coordination.
  • Working knowledge and proficiency in Microsoft Office applications.