Expanded Testing Specialist- Cempa Community Care

Application Deadline: OPEN UNTIL FILLED**

Required Documents: Those who would like to be considered should send their resume along with a cover letter, and references to lallen@cempa.org as soon as possible.

JOB DESCRIPTION:

This individual will be an integral part of supporting the broader vision of the Prevention, Education and Outreach Department. Under the direction of the Director of Prevention, Education and Outreach, and the Harm Reduction Manager, the Prevention Expanded Testing Specialist will administer HIV testing services and brief counseling to the Hamilton County jail prisoners living with these conditions. This includes needle exchange; overdose prevention; harm reduction education; HIV/HCV/STI testing and referrals; and linkage to care, treatment and other services. The Prevention Expanded Testing Specialist will direct SSP clients to appropriate programs and educate clients on how to access available services and resources in the community. As a representative of Cempa Community Care, the Prevention Expanded Testing Specialist must project a professional attitude and appearance while conducting HIV testing. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

RESPONSIBILITIES / ACCOUNTABILITIES (includes, but not limited to):

• Conducts HIV testing within key outreach locations, primarily Hamilton County Jail to assure rapid screening goals are met.

• Collaborates with the Hamilton County jail staff to coordinate patient services.

• Maintain accurate logs on all individuals tested.

• Attend mandatory yearly training and performs testing and counseling in the Hamilton County Jail system.

• Help and coverage to Syringe Service Program (SSP) in house and at mobile sites as required.

• Provide education materials to each client on all the following topics:

a. Drug abuse prevention.

b. Overdose prevention.

c. How to identify and response to an overdose and use naloxone.

d. Prevention of HIV transmission.

e. Prevention of viral Hep C transmission.

f. Treatment for mental illness, including treatment referrals.

g. Treatment for substance abuse, including referrals for medication assisted treatment.

• Educate SSP participants about limited immunity.

• Provide free, personal consultations for mental health or addiction treatment to clients who request it. By law this must be made available by program employees or volunteers.

GRANT DELIVERABLES:

• Project success is maintained by reaching the annual goal providing clinical HIV testing services to a minimum of five thousand (5,000) prisoners in the county jail and maintaining a positivity rate of at least one tenth of one percent (0.1%) among clients tested.

• Assist the Harm Reduction Manager (HRM) with the following:

a. Serve two hundred and forty (240) at risk clients per month.

b. Distribute five thousand (5,000) needles, syringes, and needle injections supplies per month.

c. Track the number of HIV tests through the SSP per month.

d. Track the number of PrEP referrals through the SSP per month.

e. Track the number of needles, syringes, and needle injection supplies returned to the program per month.

f. Track the number of naloxone kits through the SSP per month

DOCUMENTATION:

• Processes documentation required by state, and local funding sources as required. Documents all activities, and services provided and submits required documentation in a timely manner. Provide statistical information relative to prevention programming as requested by the Director of Prevention, Education and Outreach.

• Enter testing into the CDC data base and reconciles monthly.

• Report reactive results to the local Department of Health within 24 hours of the testing.

• Report monthly to the State the number of valid tests conducted, number of new positive infections identified, number of previously tested positive results, the number of individuals who receive their test results, and the number of tested individuals linked to care.

• False Positive or Invalid results are reported to the State within 24 hours of the test result.

• Provide monthly inventory of test kits to the State by the 15th of the first month of each quarter and notify the State one month in advance of all expiring test kits.

• Identify individuals for PrEP.

• Adhere to policies and procedures for Cempa Community Care, and other off-site programs to ensure quality standards are met.

ETHICAL:

• Promotes and practices Cempa’s values and mission and adheres to all policies and procedures.

• Adheres to ethical, HIPAA, legal, and our Cempa Community Care standards to maintain the utmost level of professionalism.

• Practices safety, environmental and/or infection control methods.

• Utilizes resources and supplies in a cost-effective manner.

• Notify reactive result clients of the local health department contact and ensure they are linked to care and voluntary notification services.

DEVELOPMENT:

• Continues professional training and education to advance knowledge and skills of HIV, HCV, and STIs.

• Participates in continuous quality improvement of services rendered to Cempa clients.

• Participate in and volunteer for intra and interdepartmental activities/events across the agency.

• Communicate regularly with staff about changes, updates, and improvements in agency related issues that directly or indirectly impact staff and/or clients.

• Attend agency, local, state, and national meetings, conferences, trainings or workshops as needed or required.

SKILLS:

• Demonstrate multi-cultural sensitivity and experience or interest in working with underserved communities. Able to interact with a variety of people, with a wide understanding of culture, beliefs and economic levels.

• Ability to read, understand, follow, and enforce safety procedures.

• Ability to prioritize and organize workload, multi-task, adapt quickly to change and deliver under pressure.

• Ability to work in a team-oriented environment.

• Willingness to work on nights and weekends as needed.

• Valid driver’s license.

JOB QUALIFICATIONS:

• Bachelor's Degree in: Human Services, Health, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work or a closely related field.

• Three+ years’ experience in HIV, HCV, and STI prevention/intervention in-services and other resources.

• Must pass criminal background check, regular drug and alcohol screenings.

To learn more about our organization, please visit our website: www.chattanoogacares.org

Posted qualifications serve as a guide for candidate review and are not all inclusive. Cempa Community Care reserves the right to deviate from posted credentials in determining what combination of candidate education, experience and skills are best suited to a position.

Cempa Community Care is an equal provider of services and an equal opportunity employer--Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.