The University of Maryland School of Medicine has six (6) openings for Peer Gambling Recover Specialists to work in the Department of Psychiatry. The main purpose of this position is to provide recovery support for problem gambling services. The position is a non-clinical peer-based position working with persons who are at risk or receiving treatment for problem gambling disorders and their families. Peer Recovery Specialists will assist with outreach efforts to the community to engage, educate and support individuals through the process of making life changes related to recovery from problem gambling-related issues and possibly other co-occurring disorders including substance use and mental health. Peers serve as coaches to model the process of recovery through their personal experience, while serving as advocates for multiple pathways to recovery/wellness.
Individuals will be assigned to specific Local Health Departments (LHDs) in one of the six (6) casino jurisdictions. Responsibilities will include providing peer support for persons applying for the Maryland Lottery Voluntary Exclusion Program to educate them about treatment services; providing support for the state's dedicated problem gambling helpline; and providing community outreach to educate and raise awareness about problem gambling and resources available through the Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling.
The University of Maryland, Baltimore offers a generous benefits package that includes 10 vacation days, 11 personal and holidays, 5 sick days; comprehensive health insurance and supplemental retirement options; and limited tuition remission for employees enrolled at UMB.
Candidates chosen for this position should be able to work flexible hours and work in various community settings. A valid Maryland driver's license is required. This position may require the employee to visit various community programs within the state.
This is a Contractual Position.
Provides crisis intervention through individual counseling, providing basic health education, assisting clients' access to various social services, and referring clients to alternate care facilities.
Conducts initial assessment in order to determine individual client needs.
Speaks before neighborhood groups and attends community meetings to establish communication and rapport; to promote services; and assist in resolving problems facing the community. Prepares and distributes informational literature.
Participates in the evaluation of materials and methods designed to meet the educational needs of the client community.
May provide guidance and training over other outreach workers.
Recruits a client base within the community by identifying, locating, interviewing, and screening individuals who may be appropriate for the program.
Provides general information to individuals and families on program objectives and services; eligibility requirements and benefits; confidentiality of information etc. Distributes informational materials and literature.
Conducts visual inspection of the physical condition of the client's house to identify factors that may be detrimental to maintaining a safe, healthy, and comfortable living environment.
Serves as a liaison between the client and community resources including department staff, City, State, and Federal social services agencies.
Schedules clients for appointments with health care providers, reminds them of pending appointments, and contacts them to inquire into reasons for missed appointments. Escorts clients to various appointments to ensure compliance and provide support.
Assists with client retention by following up on all contacts for continued progress assessment and locating those clients who have moved or lost contact with the program.
Assists with the facilitation of the clinic process by greeting clients and making sure that they are registered to be seen.
Assists with planning, organizing, and implementing community special events such as health fairs, workshops etc.
Participates in staff meeting and conferences. Reports on community outreach activities including problems and concerns.
Prepares written reports and maintains records of outreach contacts and activities.
Updates information in database from various data forms collected.
Maintains a good working relationship with all members of the community.
Note: The intent of this list of primary duties is to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities of this job. Incumbents perform other related duties assigned. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary based upon departmental needs.
Education: High-school diploma or GED. Experience: Two (2) years in community outreach, health care, research, and/or social services. Prior experience as a Peer Counselor is preferred. Other: Except for qualifications established by law, additional related experience and formal education in which one has gained the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for full performance of the work of the job class may be substituted for the education or experience requirement on a year-for-year basis with 30 college credits being equivalent to one year of experience.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: General knowledge of community and/or social service resources and programs. Skill in conducting interviews and assessing client needs. Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships. Ability to operate computers and other office equipment. Ability to write reports and maintain records. Ability to work in extreme weather conditions. Ability to perform extensive standing and walking. Ability to handle sensitive and confidential matters with discretion and tact. Ability to interact with the public, health care providers, community organizations, and social service agencies. Ability to maintain poise and courtesy under pressure.
Conditions of Employment: Employees in this job class may be required to use their personal automobile while conducting official business and possess a valid Maryland Non-commercial Class C or Commercial Class B Driver's License (CDL). Candidates selected for employment may be subjected to medical inquiries and/or medical examination to determine ability to perform the job. Employees in this job class may be required to successfully pass a police background check.
Based on the duties of this position, selected candidates are not eligible to participate in the Bargaining Unit (Union).
Salary Range: $30,962 - $41,000
If accommodations are needed for a disability, please contact Human Resource Services at 410-706-2606, Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm EST. Maryland Relay can be accessed by dialing 711 (in-state) or 1-800-735-2258.
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) is the State's public health, law and human services university devoted to excellence in professional and graduate education, research, patient care, and public service. As a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff and students, and using state-of-the-art technological support, we educate leaders in health care delivery, biomedical science, globa...l health, social work and the law. We emphasize interdisciplinary education and research in an atmosphere that explicitly values civility, diversity, collaboration, teamwork and accountability. By conducting internationally recognized research to cure disease and to improve the health, social functioning and just treatment of the people we serve, we foster economic development in the City, State, and nation. We are committed to ensuring that the knowledge we generate provides maximum benefit to society and directly enhances our various communities.