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Job Title


Correctional Services Specialist


Company : Evergreen Health


Location : Buffalo, NY


Created : 2020-08-29


Job Type : Full Time


Job Description

COMMUNITY ACCESS SERVICES The Correctional Services Specialist is responsible for the development, coordination, and implementation of HIV prevention activities specifically targeted to high risk, incarcerated men and to engage the target population into the interventions offered in the Criminal Justice Initiative. The Correctional Services Specialist also affiliates with representatives from nine NYS correctional facilities to ensure coordination and the execution of grant services. As part of the Essential Job Functions for this role, the Correctional Services Specialist: + Conducts anonymous rapid HIV testing according to CDC, NYS Department of Health, and agency policies and procedures based on the request from Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) or offenders housed within contracted correctional facilities: + Provides pre-test counseling with treatment program clients living with and at risk for HIV + Conducts linkage and follow-up to HIV testing in coordination with DOCCS + Works with Linkage Specialist after identifying known and unknown HIV clients + Recruits and Facilitate an HIV/STI/HCV Peer Facilitator Training to incarcerated individuals as peer educators: + Works with program staff within correctional facilities to coordinate peer training implementation + Trains peers in two to three week training on HIV, STI, and HCV and provide peer certification + Trains peers in booster modules after completion of the peer training + Follows up with person facilitation progress + Facilitates strategies for identifying known and unknown People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) + Develops and implements a recruitment plan which includes: + Conduct outreach and engagement activities to Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) staff and offenders to promote services, engage unknown HIV positive individuals, and promotes linkage and navigation to PLWHA + Engagement strategies targeted to incarcerated individuals + Formal meetings with DOCCS staff to ensure a proactive cross sectional approach to linkage and reentry services + Utilization of trained Peer Facilitators + Creation of promotional Materials + Maintains consistent relationships with current and potential community providers. Cultivates professional relationships with individuals and agencies in the community to facilitate referrals and create seamless client services. + Familiarization and implementation of the work plan, the processes and required forms including the Intake Form and Group Sign-In Sheet. + Ensures consistency and accuracy of Penelope and AIRS data on a weekly basis, and cooperates with Program Manager to prepare the monthly report for funders based on staff monthly reporting and AIRS data. Qualified Candidate will have an Associate’s degree in Health and Human Services or related field (Bachelor’s preferred) and two (2) years of related experience coordinating and providing services directly to clients within a correctional setting. Candidate must be able to communicate clearly and professionally in writing and verbally, demonstrate familiarity with computers and MS Office software (Outlook, Word) and effective time management and organization skills. Sensitivity to HIV/AIDS, addiction and LGBT issues essential. Candidate must be able to pass gate clearance for New York State Correctional Facilities. Candidate must have a valid NYS Driver’s License and an insured, dependable car for work-related travel. Sensitivity to and experience with cultural diversity, Harm Reduction, LGBTQ Cultural Competency, Substance Use population and HIV/AIDS issues is essential. Job Type: Full-time Required education: Associate’s Required experience: Coordinating and providing services directly to clients within correctional setting Additional requirement(s): Must have dependable, insured vehicle and NYS Driver’s License; Must be able to pass gate clearance