Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) Peer Recovery Navigator (Health Care Tech II) Denver

University of Colorado | CU Anschutz Medical Campus

School of Medicine/Department of Psychiatry/Addiction Research and Treatment Services (ARTS)

Job Title Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) Peer Recovery Navigator (Health Care Tech II) Denver

Position #682465 – Requisition #25916

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Addiction Research and Treatment Services (ARTS) has an opening for a full-time University Staff (unclassified) Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) Peer Recovery Navigator position.

The ARTS Adult Outpatient Program is within the School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. Addiction Research and Treatment Services (ARTS) Adult Outpatient Program, with clinic locations in Denver, Aurora and Arvada. 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 adult patients in substance use disorder (SUD) treatment at ARTS clinic locations (Denver, Aurora, and Arvada). 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 patients in SUD treatment, 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, 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; however some days may begin as early at 6:00a.m.This position may be required to work on some Saturdays and Sundays for events and/or clinic coverage, as well.

Important: This position is a full-time position made possible by grant funds. The position and its support and 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.

Job Responsibilities

Primary job responsibilities

The MAT Peer Recovery Navigator will work with ARTS clinics and with other Opioid Treatment Providers (OTPs) within the Signal (“Signal,” formerly Signal Behavioral Health Network) region to assist individuals requiring SUD treatment to connect with community services and treatment agencies. This position will build and maintain relationships with medical and clinical care providers, work groups, task forces, community agencies, harm reduction centers, and law enforcement authorities to educate and provide information regarding substance use disorder (SUD) treatment. This position will support effective treatment referrals and serve as a conduit between patients who need treatment and treatment providers. In addition, this position will:

    Receive training and serve as a Peer Recovery Navigator to implement peer-led interventions to improve outcomes for SUD patients in opioid medication-assisted and traditional outpatient treatment.Conduct Peer-led, structured individual and group interventions that focuses on health education, care coordination, as well as identifying and reducing barriers to care for patients.Conduct outreach activities in the community to engage patients in substance use treatment.Conduct case management for patients, and provide referrals of necessary, appropriate resources to patients as needed.  Implement standardized intervention, track patients for engagement, and connect patients to SUD treatment and care.Collaborate with supervisor and staff, and coordinate efforts to ensure successful delivery of services. Attend and participate in trainings, team/staff meetings, and other events as needed.Identify any problems, challenges, or obstacles in coordination of services, identify potential solutions, and resolve such problems, challenges, or obstacles in a timely manner.Perform and accomplish all duties and responsibilities effectively and in a timely manner, for the benefit of patients who are receiving care or services.Ensure confidentiality of patient health information and patient health records.
Duties and Responsibilities

    Complete paperwork, including consent/participation forms for each participant served, as required by Signal and/or any grant-specific paperwork requirements. Perform outreach and engagement to people who are experiencing substance use disorder, so they may enter into Medication Assisted Treatment. Provide support to people who are admitted into evidence-based, MAT treatment within their region. Establish and maintain weekly communication, either on site, or by phone with each OTP, other MAT providers, hospital Emergency Departments, harm reduction organizations, and law enforcement to educate each about the availability of treatment and to support effective treatment referrals. Participate in regular community meetings focused on addressing opiate challenges, as assigned by supervisor. Same-sex abstinence monitoring and specimen collectionFacilitate peer recovery support services in a group therapy setting and/or individual setting. Assist participants with the creation of a personal recovery plan, as necessary.Participate in weekly supervision meetings.Participate in any Signal Behavioral Health Network or grant-specific meetings as required.

    Continuously maintain accurate and up-to-date records and/or notes as required by agency policy.Use electronic health record systems to ensure timely documentation, recording and tracking of communications, interventions, and patient data.
    Schedule and maintain multiple, internal and external appointments.Enter data into, and maintain, accurate records of activities.Gather, analyze and report patient statistical data.Order, maintain, and accurately track expenditures of office and medical supplies.Manage confidential patient information and health records.Perform other related duties as assigned, including but not limited to: data entry, data tracking, and data analysis/reporting. Document intervention activities in an accurate and timely manner, and seek consultation from supervisor or other staff as necessary.
Customer Service

    Provide in-person and telephone reception.Provide excellent customer service to internal and external stakeholders.Provide information on program services and respond courteously to queries.Work comfortably among patients with or without substance abuse disorder, who are referred from city and county parole/probation departments, department of social services, and other relevant agencies.Perform other duties as assigned or required.
Minimum Qualifications

    High school diploma or General Education Diploma (GED).One year of experience working closely with patients and connecting them to resources, or an equivalent combination of education and work experience.Required: applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.College or university course work appropriate to the work assignment, may substitute on a year for year basis for the experience of working closely with patients and connecting them to resources.
Preferred Qualifications

    Certification as a Colorado Peer and Family Specialist (CPFS) or be able to obtain certification within 6 months of date of hire.Prior experience in Patient Navigation and connecting patients to required services or resources.Graduation from an accredited college or university with an Associate’s degree or higher in psychology, social work, counseling, human services, or another related field.Experience working with clients who are involved with the criminal justice system, probation/parole, human services, and/or other similar referral sources. Experience providing administrative support to clients, families, staff, and other stakeholders in a substance abuse treatment setting.Experience working with electronic health records and Patient Health Information management systems.Possess current and valid registration in good standing with the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) as Certified Addiction Specialist (CAS) license or higher.Bilingual in English and Spanish.
Conditions of Employment

    Candidate must possess a minimum two (2) years of lived experience in recovery from addiction or substance use disorder and is actively participating in his/her/their recovery.Candidate must possess a minimum of two (2) years of sobriety with existing sober supports. The employee must successfully complete the CCAR Recovery Coach Academy training within 6 months of hire date.The employee must obtain the Colorado Peer and Family Specialist (CPFS) certification within 6 months of hire date.Must possess and maintain a valid State of Colorado Driver’s License, or obtain one within 30 days if and when the position is offered (this position will be required to go outside of the clinic to order and pick-up purchases/supplies for the work unit or clinic).Must agree to fingerprinting and criminal background check prior to being hired. Required background checks include a review with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Subject to pre-employment, post-accident, incident, and/or reasonable suspicion drug and alcohol testing per University of Colorado and/or Addiction Research and Treatment Services Policies.Must be willing and able to work Monday through Friday, 7:00 am – 4:30 pm; some days may begin at 6:00am.Must be willing and able to work on some Saturdays and Sundays for events and/or clinic coverage.

    Cross-cultural skills, and experience with culturally diverse populations. Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain rapport, positive relationships and critical thinking.Experience with motivational interviewing techniques.Demonstrated ability to summarize the positive effects personal recovery experience, and willing to share this experience in a way that would be helpful to others. Must honor, support and accept all pathways to recover.Ability to operate a copier, scanner, and fax machine.
  • Knowledge of, or experience with, care coordination, medical/hospital and/or community resources
  • Experience working successfully with multiple tasks in a high-pressure environment.
  • Knowledge of basic therapeutic confrontation and structures.
    Excellent communications and interpersonal skills.Excellent written and oral communication skills.Ability to: manage difficult behaviors.engage successfully with substance dependent clients in treatment.comply with established rules, policies and procedures and meet open-minded and nonjudgmental.develop healthy relationships and boundaries with clients.exercise discretion and maintain patient confidentiality.effectively and accurately check for typographical, grammatical and/or spelling errors in documents.
Experience of utilizing Microsoft Word to create documents, tables, mail merge, reports, etc.Experience utilizing Microsoft Excel to create, revise, update and maintain spreadsheets and macro-enabled reports.Experience using Microsoft Outlook to create, send and receive e-mail communication.Experience with accurate and timely data entry.This is an essential services position.  The incumbent is required to respond after hours during emergencies and report to work for regular assigned shifts during emergency campus closures.

Salary and Benefits

The salary range (or hiring range) for this position has been established at $39,890 to $43,990.

The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty and training.

The above salary range (or hiring range) represents the University’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

This position is eligible for overtime compensation.

Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. The University of Colorado provides generous leave, health plans and retirement contributions that add to your bottom line.


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Diversity and Equity:

The University will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities throughout the employment application process. To request an accommodation pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact the Human Resources ADA Coordinator at [email protected].

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, persons within the LGBTQ+ community, and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.

Job Category: Health Care
Primary Location: Aurora
Schedule: Full-time
Posting Date: May 25, 2022
Unposting Date: Ongoing

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