Substance Use Disorder Specialist – TLT

King County Public Health, Jail Health Services

Salary : $27.90 – $35.36 Hourly

Job Closes: 9/27/2021 11:59 PM Pacific

Summary :

King County is seeking to hire a full time, Term Limited Temporary (TLT) Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Specialists within Public Health – Seattle & King County, Jail Health Services (JHS) Division!

The purpose of JHS is to assure that basic health and human services are available to the incarcerated population in the King County adult correctional facilities. They provide a broad range of health care—including medication-assisted treatment (MAT) with buprenorphine for individuals with opioid use disorder.

This is a unique opportunity to be part of a team that is dedicated to having an immediate and lasting impact on their community.

Lived experience is deeply valued. Individuals in recovery and those who have had personal experience with the criminal legal system (and are not under any current jurisdiction) are encouraged to apply.

Term-Limited Temporary positions are “at-will” positions but are eligible for benefits. This TLT is currently anticipated to last for two years.  However, funding sources for this work remain uncertain and dependent upon decisions actively being made at both the federal and local levels. As a result, the end date of this position may be adjusted based on those decisions. The County and the Department continue to work to secure long term funding sources.

Commitment to Equity and Social Justice:

As the only jurisdiction in the world named after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the most influential civil rights leaders in our nation’s history, King County is a vibrant international community with residents that represent countries from around the world. It is a region with increasing diversity that cherishes the traditions of many cultures.

We have a deep commitment to equity and social justice and advancing practices, strategies, and policies that promote fairness, justice, and opportunity for all – in our workplaces and our communities. With this commitment, King County has adopted a pro-equity agenda to advance regional change and ensure that residents from vulnerable communities are incorporated into our emergency planning and public outreach efforts.

Applicants should be committed to working with diverse populations throughout King County to provide excellent customer service to a broad range of cultures, in accordance with the King County Equity and Social Justice Ordinance and the King County Strategic Plan.

Who May Apply:

This full-time Term-Limited Temporary (TLT) or Special Duty position is open to all qualified applicants.

Work Location:

This position works with patients inside and outside of the Maleng Regional Justice Center (MRJC) in Kent and the King County Correctional Facility (KCCF) in Seattle and requires travel between facilities and to multiple community locations. The MRJC is located at 401 4th Ave N, Kent, WA 98032 and KCCF is located at 500 5th Ave., Seattle, WA 98104.

Work Schedule:

40-hour work week including weekend and evening shifts.

The work associated with this position may be performed through a combination of teleworking) complemented with onsite work and meetings as needed. Employees will have access to shared workspaces at various King County facilities.  Employees must reside in Washington state and within a reasonable distance to their King County worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements.

Employees will be provided with a County issued laptop and must maintain a workspace with an internet connection (access may be supplemented in some situations) where they can reliably perform work and remain available and responsive during scheduled work hours. Please note that when an employee conducts work that is likely to bring them in contact with another individual, safety precautions are required, including the wearing of masks in some situations. King County is doing its part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and remains committed to reducing our carbon footprint.

King County has a robust collection of tools and resources to support working remotely. The individual selected for this opportunity will be joining an innovative and progressive team that is redefining how we work as we transition to the department’s hybrid environment.

Job Duties :

  • Provide outreach, screening, assessment, brief-intervention, and psycho-educational support services to patients receiving MOUD services.
  • Assist participants referred through Coordinated Discharge with resources, referrals, and navigating and attending appointments in the community, especially those that are thought to improve treatment retention. This includes activities such as outreach, maintaining contact with patients, and escorting and arranging transportation directly to the treatment provider upon release.
  • Facilitate shared treatment decision making with participants in part by providing education to participants on the in-jail and in-community options to treat opioid use disorder.
  • Advocate for participants while in custody and as they transition back to the community, including assisting with enrollment in healthcare coverage and disability-related benefits, linkage to substance use disorder treatment, accessing community resources, and communication with the criminal legal system.
  • Assist participants with navigating and attending appointments in the community, especially those that are thought to improve treatment retention. This includes activities such as outreach, maintaining contact with patients, and escorting and arranging transportation directly to the treatment provider upon release.
  • Use a trauma-informed, harm reduction, and strengths-based approach when working with patients.
  • Provide and monitor cash incentives if any for eligible participants.
  • Document patient contact and services delivered in electronic health record system.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills :

  • Registration as a Substance Use Disorder Professional under WAC 440-22-240.
  • At least 2 years of experience working with individuals with substance use disorders and legal system involvement.
  • Knowledge of intake and assessment techniques and case management practices.
  • Knowledge of community resources and referral agencies appropriate to services offered.
  • Knowledge of trauma-informed care principles and approaches.
  • Knowledge of client-centered principles and approaches.
  • Knowledge of harm reduction principles and approaches.
  • Knowledge of recovery-oriented principles and approaches.
  • Knowledge of anti-racism principles and approaches.
  • Skill in written and oral communications.
  • Skill in working and building rapport with people of color and other diverse groups.
  • Skill in outreach and screening program participants.
  • Skill in understanding and interpreting complex program regulations.
  • Skill in developing effective intervention plans.
  • Ability to travel on a flexible schedule as needed.
  • Must possess valid Washington Driver’s License to drive a county vehicle.

As of October 18, 2021, most* King County employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  If hired, you will be required to submit proof of vaccination by October 18th.  People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine.  Employees may make requests for a reasonable accommodation based on a medical disability or for sincerely held religious beliefs.   Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.
This directive applies to employees in the Executive branch*, the Assessor’s Office, Elections, the King County Sheriff’s Office, and the Executive Office.

King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer

No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.

To Apply:

If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully. If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process or if you have questions please contact your recruiter listed on this job announcement.

Application process:

Applications will be reviewed after the job posting closes. The following items are required to be considered for this vacancy:

  • NEOGOV/Government Jobs on-line or paper application
  • Supplemental questionnaire responses
  • Resume

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