Co-Responder - Lewiston (441)

You will come for our dedication to service, industry competitive salary and excellent benefits. You will stay when you discover our organizational culture and supportive leadership that prioritizes your professional growth.  For over 70 years, our committed team of dedicated professionals has provided the solid foundation where hope and healing can begin to flourish.

GENERAL SUMMARY:

The Co-Responder provides Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) / Substance Use Disorder (SUD) overdose response, screening, behavioral health crisis de-escalation, assessment, screening, referral to community treatment services and resources, system navigation, short-term SUD interventions and aid in completion of the State's Medicaid program application for uninsured population, in collaboration with local law enforcement.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • Responds to SUD/OUD-related emergency calls along with law enforcement, or other first responder agencies, prioritizing nonfatal overdose calls.
  • Coordinates with a Recovery Coach, Peer, or Patient Navigator, as available, to provide post-overdose response and support to overdose survivors within seventy-two (72) hours after a non-fatal overdose event, to include: provision of information around Harm Reduction, treatment, and recovery support services that are available.
  • Conducts ASAM level of care Assessments as appropriate.
  • Provides system navigation assistance to individuals in need of necessary support services.
  • Provides referrals to appropriate community-based treatment and recovery services.
  • Completes and sends in CradleME referrals for any pre-natal or post-partum women that presents as an individual in need.
  • Provides linkage to syringe service programs and other Harm Reduction sites as available and facilitates connectivity to a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) or other provider site that can provide human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and Hepatitis testing.
  • Provides Naloxone kits and Naloxone administration training in the specific type of Naloxone being provided to the individual and/or affected others during the post-overdose follow-up.
  • Determines if the individual is a Person in Crisis and coordinates response with Crisis Intervention Workers.
  • Works in collaboration with the law enforcement agencies in their catchment area to utilize Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program (ODMAP) and be signed up to receive overdose alerts for notification of incidents occurring during off-hours and provides follow-up with the individual in need during normal working hours. 
  • Provides linkage to further long-term Peer and/or Recovery Coach services for individuals in need that are assessed as having a SUD.
  • Provides anti-stigma and SUD informational sessions.
  • Uses personal vehicle as may be required for consumer transportation, outreach in the community, home visits, and/or agency-related business.

We strive to ensure that your work experience reflects the values we hold most dear - respect for individual, diversity of thought and ideas, and commitment to professional growth in an environment where you can thrive and excel.

External and internal applicants, as well as position incumbents who become disabled as defined under the Americans With Disabilities Act, must be able to perform the essential job functions (as listed) either unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation to be determined by management on a case by case basis.


EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:

  • Duties require knowledge of Substance Use Disorders and Dual Diagnosis treatment services equivalent to completion of a Bachelor's degree and at least three years of related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • State of Maine LADC or CADC required. MHRT/CSP preferred.
  • Must possess a valid State of Maine driver's license.


By joining our relaxed and friendly team, you will find colleagues willing to support you and embrace your unique perspectives and experiences. We promote whole health and wellness, not only for the clients we serve, but for our staff members as well. We support one another, share stories of our successes and challenges we face, and celebrate our collective and individual achievements. We are passionate about ensuring Tri-County is a respectful, inclusive community of professionals dedicated to our mission, those we serve, and each other.

Some of the many benefits of working for Tri-County:

  • Work Culture Focused on Employee Wellness & Inclusivity
  • Friendly & Supportive Atmosphere
  • Agency Paid Training & Professional Development Opportunities
  • Generous Paid Time Off (full-time employees earn 23 days per year to start)
  • Paid Holidays
  • Health & Dental Benefits Eligibility
  • Agency Paid Life Insurance Policy
  • 403(b) Retirement Plan (with employer match)
  • Friendly Neighbor Discounts: Verizon, Sullivan tire, and Governor's Restaurant 
  • Gym Membership Reimbursement

Tri-County Mental Health Services is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to maintaining a culture of mutual respect. We do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religious creed, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender orientation, or expression. We celebrate our differences and thrive on inclusivity.