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Substance Abuse Specialist-Early Morning Shift-Metro MDT (3393)

Company: PATH (People Assisting The Homeless)
Location: San Jose
Posted on: September 15, 2023

Job Description:

JR 3393Substance Abuse Specialist VILos Angeles, CA 90004Salary: $24.04 to $35.16 per hour / plus $2.41 pay differential -Pay Frequency: -24 Pay Periods Per YearFull TimeNon-ExemptDriving Required
PATH is seeking candidates passionate about helping others make a positive change in their lives to join our Metro Street Outreach team as the Substance Abuse Specialist VI at the RHC Location.
ABOUT PATHSince its foundation in 1984, PATH (People Assisting The Homeless) has pioneered bold and effective approaches to assist people experiencing homelessness. PATH operates services throughout California, connecting our clients to a comprehensive continuum of homelessness prevention, street outreach, employment preparation and placement assistance, individualized case management, supportive services, interim housing, and permanent supportive housing. -
ABOUT OUR TEAMOur Street Outreach programs to work identify and build relationships with individuals currently experiencing homelessness and living on the streets. These programs utilize PATH's Street Outreach Integrated Care approach to assist clients in breaking the cycle of homelessness by providing field-based interventions, case management and supportive services.
ABOUT THE JOBAs part of the Street Outreach team, the Substance Abuse Specialist VI utilize their experience and expertise to provide case management and supportive services specific to substance abuse to individuals experiencing homelessness and substance use challenges.
Position Responsibilities include: -

  • Conduct nightly outreach at Metro stations, bus stops, and aboard trains to develop relationships and build rapport with clients in order to assist them with finding a home.
  • Conduct VI-SPDAT (Vulnerability Index- Service Prioritization Decision Assistance Tool) assessments for all new clients in order to connect them to proper intervention and services and document results in the HMIS
  • Conduct substance abuse assessments and provide referrals as necessary
  • Meet with established clients on a regular basis to review, evaluate, and support goal completion. -
  • Respond within specific contract timeframes to requests for street outreach services and send follow-up information to the requestor and the supervisor.
  • Collaborate with community substance abuse and mental health providers to ensure seamless referral services.
  • Work with local law enforcement and interim service providers to ensure a smooth transition from street living to interim housing.
  • Provide street-based case management services that are designed to prepare and connect homeless clients to long-term supportive services and achieve their goals including:

    • Assistance with the establishment of personal benefits including (GR, SSI, TANF, Veterans Pension, etc.).
    • Assistance with obtaining various forms of identification including birth certificates and social security cards.
    • Provision of employment assistance, housing referrals, and health related assistance, as identified on the ISP.
    • Assistance with applications for supportive and subsidized housing and prospect potential locations for affordable rental housing.
    • Provision of and/or assistance with connection and access to any other services that assist with improving quality of life, such as mental and physical health services

      WHAT YOU BRINGWe're looking for candidates that:

      • Ability to work effectively independently and as a part of a team.
      • Ability to exercise mature and professional judgement.
      • Good problem-solving and conflict-resolution skills
      • High level of motivation and self-starting demeanor with the ability to coordinate multiple tasks and projects in a fast-paced environment.
      • Knowledge of and demonstrated ability to adhere to HIPAA and all other confidentiality requirements.
      • Proficiency with Microsoft Office software.
      • Strong written and verbal communication skills.


        • Bachelor's Degree in a related field.
        • Certification in substance use counseling (e.g., CATC, SUDCC, CADC). -


          • (Two) 2 years required working directly with substance use services
          • Professional Experience in the substance abuse field.
          • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with advanced and evidence-based interventions including, but not limited to:

            • Harm Reduction
            • Motivational Interviewing
            • Critical Time Intervention
            • Housing First

              MANDATORY REQUIREMENTSRegardless of qualifications, candidates must:

              • Have employment eligibility verification
              • Have or be able and willing to obtain CPR/First Aid training
              • Provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination
              • Successfully complete the following as a condition of hire:

                • Tuberculosis Test
                • Background Screening
                • Drug Test

                  DRIVINGDriving is an essential function of this position. To meet the employment requirements for this role, all candidates must: -

                  • Have reliable transportation
                  • A valid driver's license
                  • Proof of insurance and ownership for personal vehicles used during work duties
                  • The ability to qualify for PATH's insurance coverage

Keywords: PATH (People Assisting The Homeless), San Jose , Substance Abuse Specialist-Early Morning Shift-Metro MDT (3393), Other , San Jose, California

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