HIV Tester and Care Outreach Specialist (Part-time)

Position Summary:

The HIV/HCV Tester/Counselor will focus on increasing HIV and HCV testing, connection to care, and health education for participants that come to PPP’s drop-in center, syringe exchange program, and clinical programs. People come to Prevention Point, in majority, through our drop-in center. We regularly see anywhere from 125 to 200 people daily. Many people coming in our doors have the need for on the spot services not specific to any other program PPP has. Engagement in testing services provides a bridge between the drop-in and other PPP services. PPP testers are expected to recruit participants for testing, deliver results, and work with case management on other client concerns, which include, but are not limited to: linkage to primary medical care, behavioral health care, Naloxone training, help accessing public benefits, referrals to other outside agencies and their services, questions about best harm reduction practices and linkage (if appropriate) to other PPP services. Responsibilities include promotion and administration of HIV and HCV testing and counseling; provide positive clients with internal referrals to care; collect and enter data.

Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Conducts confidential and anonymous HIV and HCV testing and counseling in the PPP building as assigned.

2. Recruits participants for Comprehensive Risk Counseling and Services (CRCS) at PPP’s Harm Reduction Services Drop-in Center, PPP’s weekly mobile outreach sites, the STEP Clinic, and the syringe exchange program (SEP), and identifies HIV-positive individuals who have been out of medical treatment for over 100 days and refers them to PPP’s Care Outreach Case Management.

3. Perform face to face risk assessments with clients, obtaining medical, demographic, and consent information.

4. Assemble follow-up plans for participant who test reactive for HIV and/or HCV with client and other members of support team while ensuring confidentiality. Administer post-test counseling for those who test non-reactive.

5. Available for off-site testing events and educational presentations as appropriate, including evening and weekend events.

6. Provide information and referrals, including appropriate follow-up and monitoring of related activities, and reassessment as needed.

7. Actively participates in team meetings and bi-weekly staff meetings.

8. Adheres to Prevention Point’s harm reduction approach (meeting people where they are & withholding judgment about choices they make, etc.).

9. Maintains the standards of accurate and complete recording and reporting of program activities. Completes routine data entry. Records and submits required reports and documents in a timely manner.

10. Completes routine administrative duties including filing, shredding, collating, stocking, inventory, and other operational needs.

11. Upholds policies and procedures for HIV and Hepatitis C testing in accordance with standards set by PPP, AACO, and the Office of Additions Services.

12. Performs other duties as assigned by supervisor.

Skills Required:

- Excellent oral communication skills – both one-on-one and for group presentations

- Skill in communicating effectively with a variety of people of various socio-economic and educational backgrounds.

- Ability to use a harm reduction approach with drug users and sex workers.

- Dynamic, creative, flexible, able to learn and adapt in a changing environment.

- Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

- Ability to meet the physical requirements of conducting street outreach for 3 hours per week.

Excellent written communication and organizational skills.

Basic computer skills (Windows/Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint).

Minimum Qualifications

- At least two years work experience with communities impacted by HIV/AIDS, substance use, poverty, and/or homelessness.

Bilingual in English and Spanish

Direct service experience with one-on-one counseling and group facilitation experience preferred.

AACO HIV Counselor certification preferred.

Knowledge of Philadelphia social service and medical systems.

Knowledge of HIV prevention

Demonstrated commitment to advocacy and social justice, particularly as related to harm reduction, HIV/AIDS, poverty, and homelessness.

Other Requirements:

- This position includes the normal physical demands of a community-based health program, including lifting/moving up to 25 lbs, bending, and carrying. Other physical requirements include sitting for long periods, standing for up to 30 minutes and walking short distances.

This position requires travel to outreach locations within Philadelphia and the ability to work out-of-doors for up to 3 hours.

How to apply:

Please send a cover letter and resume to [email protected] with Tester as the subject.

No calls will be taken for this position.

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Case Manager Position Overview:

The Harm Reduction Service Center aka The Drop-In, is a foundation of Prevention Point Philadelphia's (PPP) in-house services. People come into Prevention Point, in majority, through our drop-in center. We regularly seeing anywhere from 125 to 200 people daily. Many people coming in our doors have the need for on the spot case management not specific to any other program PPP has.  Client concerns are not limited to but often include: linkage to primary medical care, behavioral health care, Naloxone training, help accessing public benefits, phone calls to family and friends, legal concerns, referrals to other outside agencies and their services, questions about best harm reduction practices and linkage (if appropriate) to other PPP services. The Drop-In case manager will specifically deal with those participants and their needs that come into our drop-in for said services on a Monday-Friday schedule. The Drop-In case manager will also be expected to help inform participants about our daily services and special events, assist the drop-in staff (when not doing case management) with helping the drop-in run smoothly.

Prevention Point’s Wound Care Clinic offers free, specialized wound care for all people, particularly for those with injection-related wounds. It is a mobile clinic operated on Tuesdays and Thursdays out of a medically equipped vehicle located at Kensington and Emerald St, Kensington and Lehigh and out of our main building at 2913 Kensington Avenue. Wound care certified nurses run the clinic with the support of medical doctors. Patient care is completely free and no insurance card or ID is necessary for treatment. The Wound Care Clinic treats all types of wounds, including but not limited to: abscesses, venous ulcers, chronic wounds, injection-related wounds and more. The clinic also offers other services to the community, including: free HIV and HCV testing with linkage to care, naloxone and overdose trainings, and case management services.

Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Engage with clients who spend time in the drop-in on Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays and engaging clients that visit the mobile wound care vans on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

2. Conduct assessment of needs with participants of the drop-in by completing a drop-in chart.

3. Conduct client interviews to assess for medical and psychosocial needs. Provide face-to-face care coordination sessions and linkage to internal and external referral sources.

4. Refer and link clients to mental health services.

5. Coordinate client referrals to support groups, medical care, legal assistance, public benefits, identification procurement, and other supportive services.

6. Coordinate referral to primary medical care, especially HIV primary care and Hepatology care. Conduct treatment and medication initiation and adherence discussions with clients at regularly scheduled sessions.

7. Help coordinate activities and trainings in the drop-in and outreach efforts for the wound care clinic.

8. Assist in set up and take down of wound care clinic including driving the van to locations.

9. Integrate HIV and hepatitis c screening and counseling into client sessions.

10. Engage clients in meaningful and frank discussions about risk behaviors, including overdose and relapse risk. Conduct overdose prevention trainings as part of these discussions.

11. Actively participate in supervision, team, and staff meetings.

12. Keep accurate and comprehensive charts on clients, including information on client interviews, counseling sessions, referrals, and submit paperwork in a timely fashion. Perform data entry on a monthly basis using internal data bases and CareWare.

13. Work in a fast-paced environment and assist with additional operational needs including drop-in center coverage and answering the agency telephone.

14. Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor.

Recommended skills:

• Proficiency in Microsoft excel

• Experience in HIV testing and counseling

• Fluent in Spanish

• Active driver’s license

How to apply:

Please send a cover letter and resume to [email protected] with Case Manager as the subject.

No calls will be taken for this position.

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Job title: Emergency Respite Support Staff (part-time)

Respite Support Staff Position Overview:

PPP operates emergency respite shelters for up to 40 homeless individuals. Every night respite guests are provided housing, food, showers, and other supportive services. Our goal is to assist these individuals with accessing necessary resources including long-term housing. Respite support staff are responsible for creating and maintaining a clean, safe, and comfortable environment for respite guests. Staff are expected to build trusting relationships with guests and assist them in their efforts to secure housing and other necessary services.

Duties and responsibilites:

• Must be able to engage, interact, and work toward fostering positive relationships with respite guests.

• Possess the ability to make quick and sound decisions within the respite environment.

• Assist housing coordinator and case management staff in connecting respite guests to necessary social services and community resources.

• Assist with emergency situations as needed. Be trained and willing to administer Narcan in the event of an opiate overdose.

• Maintain the safety and security of respite guests, co-workers, volunteers, equipment, and building. Regularly monitor the location and activity of all guests.

• Enforce all program policies and procedures.

• Assist in meal preparation and service.

• Assist with kitchen, bathroom, and common area clean-up as needed.

• Maintain accurate and timely logs for each shift.

• Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

Minimum qualifications and preferred skills:

• Knowledge of and experience working with persons experiencing homelessness, substance use, and mental health issues.

• Dedication to assisting others while fostering their self-esteem and dignity.

• Commitment to a harm reduction philosophy including meeting people where they are and creating a safe, non-judgmental environment.

• Bi-lingual/Spanish speaking preferred

• Willing to familiarize self with and implement crisis de-escalation, overdose reversal, and mental health emergency protocols.

How to apply:

Please send resume to [email protected] with Respite Support Staff as the subject line. No calls will be taken for this position.

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Job title: Kitchen Coordinator

The Kitchen Coordinator will assist in the operation of PPP’s expanding housing and meal services programs. They will be responsible for preparing nightly meals for up to 80 residents of our emergency respite project and two weekly lunch meals for up to 150 participants in our drop-in center. These meals should be balanced, nutritious, and meet the dietary needs and restrictions of our participants. They will also work with organization leadership to establish and maintain food purchasing contracts with wholesalers and non-profits. Additionally, the Kitchen Coordinator will work with the Housing Coordinator and Housing Case Manager to identify opportunities for respite residents to participate in meal planning and preparation. This will increase investment and engagement of residents in operation of respite as well as provide essential life and employment skills. 

Duties & Responsibilities:

1) Create weekly meal plans

2) Prep nightly meals for up to 80 individuals and twice weekly lunches for up to 150 drop-in participants.

3) Work with leadership staff to manage food purchasing sources and contracts

4) Shopping at discount grocers and wholesalers as needed

5) Complete inventory sheets, order requests, and other paperwork as needed

6) Supervise and provide training for volunteer residents assisting in preparation of meals

7) Other duties as assigned by supervisor

Please note that this job may require working staggered, non-traditional hours including evenings.

Skills required:

• Ability to prepare healthy, balanced meals efficiently for large numbers of people.

•Skill in communicating effectively with a variety of people of different backgrounds

•Dynamic, creative, flexible, able to learn and adapt in a changing environment

•Ability to work independently and as part of a team

Minimum qualifications:

• Valid and up-to-date ServSafe certification

• Valid driver’s license

• Bilingual (Spanish) preferred

• Knowledge and experience with communities impacted by homelessness, poverty, and/or substance use strongly preferred.

Other requirements:

•This position includes the normal physical demands of a community-based program, including lifting/moving up to 50lbs, bending, and carrying. Other physical requirements include walking and standing for up to 2 hours at a time.

•This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act

Please send a cover letter and resume to [email protected] with Kitchen Coordinator as the subject. No calls will be taken for this position.

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Job title: Bilingual MAT Case Manager

The Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Case Manager will be working with clients who are enrolled in PPP’s Stabilization, Treatment, and Empowerment Program (STEP) and receiving medication-assisted treatment such as buprenorphine film (Suboxone) or extended release naltrexone injections (Vivitrol). The Case Manager will need to work collaboratively with clients to assess medical and psychosocial needs and to implement goals around their physical and behavioral health, housing, and psychosocial supports. 

Duties & Responsibilities:

1.     Through internal referrals from other PPP programs, and through active recruitment on-site at the Syringe Exchange Program, recruit clients for STEP.

2.     Thoroughly assess participant readiness for and appropriate modes of treatment using evidence-based assessment tools.

3.     Facilitate regular psych-educational check-ins/groups that explore drug use, relapse prevention, recognizing triggers, and building coping skills.

4.     Conduct treatment, medication initiation, and adherence discussions with clients at regularly scheduled STEP sessions.

5.     Engage clients in meaningful and frank discussions about risk behaviors, including overdose and relapse risk. Help STEP clients identify triggers and supports to use to prevent and overcome relapse.

6.     Conduct client interviews to assess for medical and psychosocial needs. Use these assessments to inform participant goals in the program. Provide face-to-face, goal-directed care coordination sessions and linkage and adherence counseling.

7.     Refer and link clients to appropriate mental health services and encourage adherence to appointments.

8.     Coordinate client referrals to support groups, medical care, legal assistance, public benefits, identification procurement, and other supportive services.

9.     Coordinate referral to primary medical care, especially HIV primary care and Hepatology care. Conduct treatment and medication initiation and adherence discussions with clients at regularly scheduled sessions.

10. Actively participate in supervision, team, and staff meetings.

11. Keep accurate and comprehensive charts on clients, including information on client interviews, counseling sessions, referrals, and submit paperwork in a timely fashion. Perform data entry on a monthly basis using internal data bases, Evaluation Web, and CareWare.

12. Work in a fast-paced environment and assist with additional operational needs including drop-in center coverage and answering the agency telephone.

13. Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor.

Qualifications:

At least a bachelor’s degree in social work, or a related field. 

Experience working in the drug & alcohol field.

Must be bilingual (Spanish).

Special consideration for those with:

-Experience facilitating psycho-educational groups

-Master's degree in social work or related field

-Two years' experience working with MAT

Please send a cover letter and resume to [email protected] with MAT Case Manager as the subject. No calls will be taken for this position.

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