The Mental Health/HIV Prevention Counselor will have a dual role: 1. conducting individual counseling sessions; providing referrals; maintaining confidential client records; leading outreach workers in planning and conducting follow-ups; and co-facilitating group sessions with HOTTER Program clients (co-occurring mental health and substance use); and 2. Conducting counseling sessions with Lifeline Program clients (HIV/HCV prevention and risk reduction counseling). This position reports to the HOTTER Program Manager and the Prevention Program Manager.
The HOTTER Program (Health Outcomes Through Treatment, Empowerment, and Recovery) is a federally funded treatment program that aims to reduce the impact of behavioral health problems, reduce HIV risk and incidence, and increase access to treatment for individuals with co-existing behavioral health, HIV, and hepatitis conditions. HOTTER ensures that individuals who have or are at high risk for a substance use and/or a co-occurring mental health disorder and who are living with or most at risk for HIV/AIDS have access to appropriate behavioral health services. The target population is African-American men who have sex with men (MSM) between the ages of 18-29.
The goal of Lifeline is to reduce the incidence of HIV transmission among individuals and couples considered at higher risk. Lifeline clients are helped to recognize their personal risk for HIV/AIDS, come up with attainable risk-reduction goals, develop increased health awareness, improve physical and emotional health, and create healthier lifestyles. Lifeline also helps clients to access social service and community resources which help to mitigate health disparities. Clients for Lifeline are recruited from among the hundreds of individuals who receive an HIV and/or hepatitis C test at TPAN each year.
- Provide individual and group counseling sessions with Lifeline participants which includes goal setting, education using the evidenced based intervention, RESPECT
- Collaborate with Prevention/Outreach staff to implement outreach strategies and activities that encourage participation in the program
- Participate in outreach events and education presentations as appropriate to the goals and objectives of the program
- Ensure accurate and timely data collection, entry, and reporting for all program related client-level data
- Attend community meetings, events and forums, and agency special events and programs (e.g., workshops, festivals, health fairs, etc.) as needed.
- Conduct individual counseling sessions with HOTTER intervention clients
- Provide individualized life-skills guidance, support, training sessions, and group presentations
- Conduct comprehensive assessments and referral sessions for HIV and STD-related risk including the risk of substance abuse, homelessness, depression, and problems in school or at home
- Support program participants with personal and interpersonal communication skills including, but not limited to, conflict resolution
- Assist Group Facilitators with implementation and facilitation of group interventions
- Maintain required records, files, and forms in an organized manner and in accordance with HIPAA and other State, Local, and Federal Guidelines
- Conduct HIV/HCV testing, counseling, and referral services as needed in a variety of settings
- Collaborate with Prevention/Outreach staff to implement outreach strategies and activities that encourage participation in the program.
- Collaborate with appropriate community organizations and treatment facilities to recruit participants for the HOTTER program.
- Complete necessary trainings as determined by the Substance Abuse Program Manager and/or grantors.
- Gather, process, analyze, and report program data as determined by the Program Manager, Project Director, and/or Grantor (s).
- Regular and predictable attendance is required and must be able to work extended hours, including weekends, early mornings, and evenings according to the demands of the role.
- Other related duties as assigned by the HOTTER Program Manager
- Maintain required records, files, and forms in an organized manner and in accordance with HIPAA and other related State, Local, and Federal Guidelines
- Participate in staff meetings, clinical meetings and complete necessary trainings
- Follow universal safety precautions at all times