Peer Recovery Specialist

The University of Colorado Denver seeks a full-time, University Staff (non-classified) Health Care Technician II within the Addiction Research and Treatment Services (ARTS) Adult Outpatient Program, with clinic locations in Denver, Aurora, and Arvada. The ARTS Adult Outpatient Program is within the School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. ARTS Adult Outpatient clinics provide drug and alcohol assessment, psychosocial and pharmacological treatment for adults. Programs in various clinic locations include traditional outpatient, intensive outpatient and may contain specialty services for clients referred by the criminal justice system, county departments of human services, and services for pregnant women, individuals who are HIV-positive and gender responsive services.

This position supports drug and alcohol assessment, psychosocial, and pharmacological treatment for HIV-positive adult substance abuse clients at the Addiction Research and Treatment Services (ARTS) Parkside Clinic and Specialized Outpatient Services (SOS) Clinic, which are both located in Denver. ARTS is a part of the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. This is a full-time, grant-funded, University Staff (non-classified) position that provides activities to engage, educate, and offer support to HIV-positive patients, their family members, and caregivers to connect patients to prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up sessions. This position is responsible for conducting outreach activities with patients, staff, community partners, subcontracted agencies, and/or other entities as appropriate, travel to various sites, and perform other duties as assigned or required. Standard working hours are Monday through Friday, 7:30am to 4:30pm, and this position may be required to work on some Saturdays/Sundays (for events/clinic coverage), as well.

This position is a full-time position partially supported by Ryan White Care Act grant funds, whose funding levels will be reviewed on a periodic basis. Accordingly, the position’s status may be affected over time by any applicable variations in the grant and/or funding amounts.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Under general supervision, receive training and serve as a Peer Educator to implement peer-led interventions to improve outcomes for HIV-positive patients in opioid medication-assisted and traditional outpatient treatment.
  • Conduct structured, peer-led individual and group interventions that focus on health education, care coordination, as well as identifying and reducing barriers to care for patients.
  • Conduct outreach activities in the community to engage HIV-positive patients in substance use treatment.
  • Identify any problems, challenges, or obstacles in coordination of services, identify potential solutions, and resolve such problems, challenges, or obstacles in a timely manner.
  • Ensure all duties and responsibilities are performed for effective and appropriate benefit of patients to whom care and/or services are being provided.
  • Ensure confidentiality of patient health information and/or health records.

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