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Outreach Navigator - Recovery Navigator Program, North and South

Candidates who identify with one or more of the following are STRONGLY encouraged to apply:

  • Individuals with lived experience in mental health and/or substance abuse 

  • BIPOC identified individuals

  • LGBTQIA+ identified individuals

  • Veterans


Purpose/Vision/Mission

Peer Washington's purpose is to provide peer emotional support and development services to:

  • Washington state residents impacted by temporary or chronic addiction, mental health and/or HIV/AIDS, or other sexually transmitted diseases.

  • Target disparately impacted communities through site expansion operated as a DBA of Peer Washington named for location and guided by a charter identifying the target community served.

  • Maintain safe space for members identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender non-conforming, or other sexual minorities at all our locations regardless of the target community.

  • Services shall be open to any person impacted by addiction, mental health, or HIV/AIDS; however, outreach for each site will be directed toward the community identified in the site charter.

  • Our work is done in a spirit of safety, trust, inclusiveness, and celebration of individual 

General Summary

The Recovery Navigator Program provides peer support services to adults who intersect with law enforcement related to simple drug possession and/or have frequent contact with the criminal legal system because of unmet behavioral healthcare needs. The role of the Outreach Navigator is to meet potential participants in the field and discuss the opportunities to engage in recovery through this program. This may or may not involve a handoff from local law enforcement. The Outreach Navigator will provide trauma-informed peer support leveraging motivational interviewing skills to assist individuals in determining what their intrinsic needs are related to addiction recovery, provide resource connections when appropriate, and offer participant hand-off to a Recovery Navigator for long term peer support services. 

Primary Responsibilities

  • Work predominantly in the field as the first contact with potential participants.

  • Provide in-the-field resources and referrals and limited peer coaching support.

  • Ensure participants are aware of program resources and services available to them and how participation in this program could potentially impact their involvement in the justice system.

  • Understand and ensure the Recovery Navigator Uniform Program Standards are met.

  • Support de-escalation and stabilization of participants when necessary and establish appropriate relationships with crisis services.

  • Provide information on a timely basis and in a usable form to others who need to act on it.

  • Ensures that applicable procedures are followed, and that clear, detailed records are kept.

  • Provide participants with a warm handoff to a Recovery Navigator.

  • Work with, and become knowledgeable about, representatives across systems that impact participants including the healthcare system, the behavioral health system, and the criminal justice system, etc.

  • Understand and utilize best practices with progressive engagement, trauma informed care, motivational interviewing, and other necessary skills suited to engaging potential program participants.

  • Maintain clear communication with law enforcement and partner agencies.

  • Attend all ongoing training programs offered to enhance the effectiveness of the role.

  • Follow up with program participants in the community when there is an indication of disengagement.

  • Support new guidelines, best practices, client tracking, and expectations in the 

Preferred Qualifications

  • A minimum of two years of experience in work related to peer support or outreach services to those impacted by behavioral health challenges.

  • Lived experience with being unhoused, the criminal legal system, the mental health system, SUD treatment settings, and/or other relevant systems that impact program participants.

  • Established relationships with local community-based organizations, local government/courts, and/or law enforcement agencies.

  • Previous experience working as a Certified Peer Counselor or willing to seek certification within 6 months of hire.

  • Must be trained and certified as a peer recovery coach through Peer Washington within 6 months of hire.

  • Spanish language skills.

  • High school diploma or equivalent is preferred.


Additional Responsibilities

This posting is not intended to be an exhaustive list of responsibilities.  In addition to the responsibilities listed above, the Outreach Navigator will be responsible for any additional tasks assigned by the Program Director.

Compensation

  • Starting wage $32.00 - $35.31 per hour DOE.

  • Bi-annual bonus potential.

  • Paid Vacation Time – 3 weeks per year, accrued hourly based on hours worked at 0.0580 hours per hour worked, 120-hour maximum annual carryover. 

  • Paid Sick Time accrued hourly based on hours worked at 0.0580 hours per hour worked equivalent to three weeks per year at 40 hours per week. 

  • 3 Personal days if hired before 4/30/2024, 2 personal days if hired after 4/30/2024, Three personal days per calendar year thereafter.

  • 13 paid holidays per calendar year.

  • Business cell phone and service will be provided. 

  • Monthly parking pass or travel stipend.

  • Corporate credit card.

  • Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, AD&D, WA Short Term Disability, Long Term Disability and Workers compensation; employee premiums covered by employer at 100% for employee.

  • Employee Assistance Program.

  • Employer Sponsored IRA with up to 3% employer match.


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