Job Opportunity: Harm Reduction Specialist, Community Access, Inc., New York, NY

Community Access, Inc. (CA) is a progressive not-for-profit organization that for the last 35 years has helped thousands of people diagnosed with psychiatric disabilities to make the transition from hospitals and shelters to independent living. CA's primary mission is to identify needs and create solutions for homeless people with psychiatric disabilities. Programs include over 800 units of supportive housing in three boroughs, the Howie T. Harp Peer Advocacy Center and Club Access.

The Harm Reduction Specialist provides engagement and support services, particularly to tenants engaging in risky behaviors such as drug and alcohol misuse, unsafe sexual practices, and self-harm, using a harm reduction model. The emphasis is on meeting individuals "where they are at" and providing non-judgmental, non-coercive services and resources to individuals engaging in risky behaviors. In addition, the Harm Reduction Specialist provides consultation, training, and support to program staff in their work with tenants engaging in risky behaviors. The intention is that the Harm Reduction Specialist will be a leader in forwarding Community Access' commitment to providing services using a harm reduction model.

Qualified candidates must have three to five years experience working with substance abuse and psychiatric disabilities; possess a thorough understanding of harm reduction; have a commitment to recovery oriented practice; and must be fingerprinted and cleared by the Office of Mental Health (OMH); have a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (GED) -- Bachelor's degree, preferred.

This is a Full-Time position; annual salary is low to mid 30K's, plus an excellent benefits package. Bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

Interested candidates should send their cover letter and resume to Community Access, 2 Washington Street, 9th floor, NY, NY 10004, Attn: HR Dept. or e-mail [email protected] or fax to 646-365-0458.

Community Access is an Equal Opportunity Employer. M/F/D/V. Women, People of Color and Members of the LGBT community are strongly encouraged to apply. CA is committed to the hiring of at least 51% consumer staff, in all of its departments and programs, and at all levels of management.

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