NSMHA is looking for a Services over Sentences (SOS) Recovery Coach to join the team! The SOS Recovery Coach is a person who is grounded in peer-assisted recovery. Because of his/her life experience with substance use and/ or other addictions, the recovery coach provides expertise that clinical training cannot replicate.  Recovery coaches report to Director of Recovery Support Services and are fully integrated team members who provide psycho-educational groups and recovery coaching for Suffolk County District Attorney’s Services over Sentences (SOS) initiative. Recovery Coaches also provide essential expertise and consultation to the District Attorney’s office and trial court staff to promote a culture in which recoverees’ points of view and preferences are recognized, understood, respected and integrated into support, treatment, rehabilitation, and community-based recovery-oriented systems of care.

Three positions are available.

What You’ll Do:

  • Supervise and/or coach recoverees, based on their needs in recovery-oriented skills, activities of daily living, socialization, and community integration.
  • Assist the Suffolk County DA’s Office with interventions to engage high risk high need individuals presenting in court with substance use disorder.
  • Assist the treatment team to develop an individual action plan or support the recoveree in developing a wellness plan.
  • Implement, teach, assist and/ or coach persons served with their individual action plan or recoverees who have developed their own wellness plan to review their goals and objectives on a consistent basis.
  • Interface with all collateral contacts working with the persons served or recoverees coached. (I.e. Probation Officers, individual therapists, and treatment providers).
  • When appropriate, assist persons served in identifying and accessing resources in the community and assist with removing barriers
  • Develop and enhance peer driven educational services.
  • Participate in daily staff organizational meetings and treatment planning or wellness planning review meetings.
  • Work a flexible schedule to meet the needs of persons served and program.
  • When appropriate document progress to maintain a permanent record of recoveree activity according to established methods and procedures.
  • Participate in the provision of services to persons served by co-facilitating groups (in conjunction with professional staff) to provide support for increased stability in their lives through recovery and a better understanding of their symptoms of relapse as well as symptoms of mental illness.
  • Provide ongoing assessment, problem solving, side-by-side services, skill training, supervision (e.g. prompts, assignments, monitoring, encouragement), and environmental adaptations to assist persons served with activities of daily living (i.e. identifying and attending self-help meetings, support with sponsorship).
  • Provide recovery coaching when recoverees have indicated that preference and responded well to that approach.

What You’ll Need:

  • Education: Bachelor’s degree in a field other than behavioral sciences or have a high school degree, or GED. A certificate from the Recovery Coach Academy required, CARC preferred.
  • Experience: Previous work experience with adults diagnosed with substance abuse and or dependency. Should have experience and knowledge regarding the addiction treatment service system, recovery coaching and other related human services.
  • Vaccination: At least one shot of the COVID-19 vaccination is required prior to hire and complete the full vaccination schedule in the appropriate timeline as documented by the CDC requirements for vaccination.

Competitive & Comprehensive Benefits:

  • Paid Time Off Two weeks’ Vacation per year (three weeks after 2 years of service), 12 Sick Days per year, and 11 Paid Holidays per year
  • Health & Dental Insurance, with generous employer contribution
  • Employer Paid Life Insurance
  • 403 (b) Retirement Plan with employer matching
  • Voluntary Short and Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Medical & Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Access to Credit Union Banking
  • Access to State Tuition Remission Program (Worksite Specific)
  • Eligibility for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
  • Employee Referral Bonus Program
  • Discounted Movie Tickets
  • Comprehensive Training Program
  • Internal Advancement Opportunities

The Peer Facilitator is a member of the Recovery Learning Center (RLC) community at the Hope Center for North Suffolk and the wider Metro Boston Recovery Learning Community (MBRLC). This position is designated for a person who is or has been a recipient of services for mental health and/or substance abuse disorders. The Peer Facilitator at the Hope Center reports to the Hope Center Director and is a contributing team member of the larger peer support specialist network at North Suffolk.

This position is a part-time, per diem position of approximately 10 hours per week.

Expectations of the role:

  • Collaborate and participate in schedule development and on-going revision of activities and schedules.
  • Organize, lead, and co-facilitate groups to engage community members, as well as individual and group activities that promote social experiences, increase community connection, and provide opportunities to practice skills and receive feedback and support from a peer-inclusive environment.
  • Promote one’s own knowledge and the education of the Hope Center community about the emerging recovery movement
  • Emphasize and support self-determination for all community members
  • Facilitate and maintain data collection as defined by North Suffolk and Boston Medical Center, in order to insure accurate information about the community and to support any Department of Mental Health reporting guidelines.
  • Participate in and promote the organization, cleanliness, and overall welcoming environment of the Hope Center.

What you’ll need:
Education: High school diploma or GED required; Bachelor’s degree in a field other than behavioral sciences preferred
Experience: Work experience with adults with serious and persistent mental illnesses or with individuals with similar human-services needs. This individual should be a current or former recipient of mental health services who is in recovery.
Skills: Must have a strong commitment to the right and ability of each person visits the Hope Center and who identifies as having a mental health and/or substance use disorder. CPR/1st Aid Certification within three months of hire (training provided).

Vaccination: At least one shot of the COVID-19 vaccination is required prior to hire and complete the full vaccination schedule in the appropriate timeline as documented by the CDC requirements for vaccination.

As an Substance Abuse Specialist, you’ll lead the team in working with persons served to understand how substance use and potentially addictive behavior impacts the person’s health. Your goal will be to help the team develop a plan to address the level of use and the impact of substance use and addictive behavior and the persons’ readiness for change.
The Adult Community Clinical Services Program (ACCS) assists more than 450 adults diagnosed with serious and persistent mental illness who have been referred by the Department of Mental Health. This is a clinical program based on the principles of Psychiatric Rehabilitation, person-centered planning, and the belief that recovery is possible. Persons served may live on their own, in group homes or in North Suffolk owned properties. Each person served works with an Integrated Team that includes licensed clinicians, psychiatrists, nurses, addiction specialists, peer specialists and community support specialists.

Expectations of the Role:
• Works collaboratively with Recovery Coaches to provide teaching and modeling to the teams on addressing substance use concerns.
• Provides direct interventions and supports to persons.
• Refers persons to community treatment and support programs.
• Provides, as needed, individual, group, and family counseling and psychoeducational services regarding addictions.
• Is trained in evidence based practices including SBIRT, Motivational Interviewing, Stages of Change model and Harm Reduction.
• May provide functions of LPHA in the Integrated Team if person possesses LADC-1 licensure level.
• Document each person’s progress in the confidential record according to established methods and procedures.
• Carries out the assigned interventions and action steps of the treatment plan, to people on an individual, group, and family basis in the office and in community settings.
• Teach behavioral symptom-management techniques to alleviate and manage symptoms not reduced by medication and to promote personal growth and development by assisting people to adapt to and cope with internal and external stresses.
• Provide interventions to assigned persons in GLE settings

What You’ll Need:
 Education: Licensed Substance Abuse Counselor (LADC1)preferred. LACC-II, CADC and CADC-II may suffice depending on overall experience.
 Experience: Previous experience in the provision of clinical or rehabilitative services to adults with substance use disorders and other addictive behaviors required.
 Skills: A valid Driver’s license. Must be MAP certified and CPR/1st aide certified within the first five months of hire (training provided).

Vaccination: At least one shot of the COVID-19 vaccination is required prior to hire and complete the full vaccination schedule in the appropriate timeline as documented by the CDC requirements for vaccination.

How You’ll Stand Out:
Previous experience in the provision of clinical or rehabilitative services to adults with psychiatric disorders preferred.
Previous supervisory experience preferred, but not required.

Employee Benefits:
• Two Weeks’ Vacation per year (Three Weeks after 2 years of service), 12 Sick Days per year, and 10 Paid Holidays per year
• Health & Dental Insurance, with generous employer contribution
• Employer Paid Life Insurance
• 403 (b) Retirement Plan with employer matching
• Voluntary Short and Long Term Disability Insurance
• Medical & Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts
• Access to Credit Union Banking
• Access to State Tuition Remission Program (Worksite Specific)
• All Team Members have access to the following benefits:
• Employee Referral Bonus Program
• Discounted Movie Tickets
• Comprehensive Training Program
• Internal Advancement Opportunities

We are seeking Peer Support Specialist for our Adult Community Clinical Services Program (ACCS)!
As a Peer Specialist for North Suffolk Mental Health, you’ll build supportive relationships that promote empowerment and self-learning. The Peer Support Specialist position is designated for a person who has lived experience and wants to help guide others through the recovery process.

The ACCS Program uses clinical and evidence based practices to uncover motivation while working with people to establish meaningful treatment plans and cultivate recovery. Each individual in the program is assigned a primary clinician and works with an integrated team composed of licensed clinicians, peer/recovery specialists and others to meet their individual needs. This position requires excellent communication, writing, and organizational skills and the ability to work independently in the community. Extensive training is provided and ongoing training is available and encouraged.

We have full and par-time, positions available in Boston, East Boston and Chelsea. Please indicate preferred shift in application.

Expectations of the Role:

  • Support persons served through Life and Care transitions, including visiting a hospital or other restrictive setting in order to provide connection and
  • transition planning.
  • Help clients establish goals to aid in their recovery
  • Educate non-peer staff about self-directed care and how to best support a person through risk and crisis situations.
  • Use peer-supported Evidence Based Practices including WRAP, Motivational Interviewing, mindfulness exercises, Stages of Change, and others
  • Commit to becoming an Agent of Change through presenting regular trainings and periodic in-service trainings for non-peer staff
  • Provide support through self-disclosure of one’s own experiences and the tenets of Recovery to develop the skills for self-advocacy
  • Facilitate and co-facilitate skill-building, mutually supportive groups, and emphasize the importance of quality of life activities and community membership.
  • Actively participate in North Suffolk peer team membership through recovery events
  • Seek Continuing Education in the Peer Support field to ensure that best practices are upheld and that emerging evidence is incorporated into the work

What You’ll Need:
Education: Must possess or be willing/eligible to obtain one of the following Certifications within the first six months of employment: Certified Peer Specialist (CPS), Certified Addiction Recovery Coach (CARC) or Family Partner

Experience: Must identify as having Lived Experience of a Mental Health Diagnosis, a Substance Use Addiction, Extreme States, or Trauma that has caused significant life disruption and possess a desire to share those experiences in a purposeful and intentional way to influence the mental health system and provide recovery oriented support to those in ACCS services.

Skills: Driver’s license preferred but not required. Must be CPR/first aid certified within five months of hire (training provided).

Vaccination: At least one shot of the COVID-19 vaccination is required prior to hire and complete the full vaccination schedule in the appropriate timeline as documented by the CDC requirements for vaccination.

Competitive & Comprehensive Benefits:

  • Paid Time Off Two weeks’ Vacation per year (three weeks after 2 years of service), 12 Sick Days per year, and 10 Paid Holidays per year
  • Health & Dental Insurance, with generous employer contribution
  • Employer Paid Life Insurance
  • 403 (b) Retirement Plan with employer matching
  • Voluntary Short and Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Medical & Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Access to Credit Union Banking
  • Access to State Tuition Remission Program (Worksite Specific)
  • Employee Referral Bonus Program
  • Discounted Movie Tickets
  • Comprehensive Training Program
  • Internal Advancement Opportunities

North Suffolk is seeking Overnight Counselors for our two Substance Abuse/Addictions Residential Programs – Meridian House, located in East Boston, and our new program River House located in Chelsea.  These programs provide behavior modification treatment for individuals diagnosed with substance use disorder and co-occurring disorders. We provide medication assisted treatment for those individuals who meet the criteria and residents are treated for mental health disorders. This is a 24 hour a day program with 24 hour per day staffing.

What you’ll do:

  • Be awake and available to consumers during overnight shift.
  • Perform hourly rounds and monitoring checks.
  • Write log notes at end of shift, noting any incidents, and maintain regular communication with other team members.
  • Observe medication administration.
  • Complete basic administrative tasks such as answering phone for program, filing, data entry, and word processing.
  • Monitor and ensure health and safety of residents.
  • Respond appropriately to residents and act as a role model.
  • Contribute to the efforts of the program in maintaining a high quality living environment, and to the overall quality of life for consumers.

What you’ll need:

  • Education:  High school degree or GED required.
  • Experience:  One (1) year human services experience with similar population preferred.
  • Skills:  First Aid and CPR certification, or ability to become certified within 5 months of hire required (training provided)
  • Vaccination: At least one shot of the COVID-19 vaccination is required prior to hire and complete the full vaccination schedule in the appropriate timeline as documented by the CDC requirements for vaccination.

Competitive & Comprehensive Benefits:

  • Paid Time Off Two weeks’ Vacation per year (three weeks after 2 years of service), 12 Sick Days per year, and 11 Paid Holidays per year
  • Health & Dental Insurance, with generous employer contribution
  • Employer Paid Life Insurance
  • 403 (b) Retirement Plan with employer matching
  • Voluntary Short and Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Medical & Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Access to Credit Union Banking
  • Access to State Tuition Remission Program (Worksite Specific)
  • Eligibility for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
  • Employee Referral Bonus Program
  • Discounted Movie Tickets
  • Comprehensive Training Program
  • Internal Advancement Opportunities

North Suffolk is looking for a Nurse Care Manager to join our new MAT-PDOA program!  The Nurse Care Manager will be the initial contact for patients seeking MAT-PDOA treatment and act as the primary liaison between the patient and the MAT-PDOA medical provider (psychiatrist, psychiatric nurse practitioner) throughout the treatment process. The NCM supervises the initial screening, after which a waivered medical provider sees the patient to confirm the patient’s opioid use disorder diagnosis and appropriateness for MAT. The NCM supports the patient through the induction process under the orders of the waivered medical provider. The patient and the NCM remain in contact during the first day of induction for support, education, and titration under the direction of the waivered physician. Initially, the NCM sees patients weekly for required follow-up visits with drug screening and verification of behavioral health counseling. The amount of required follow-up and oversight with the NCM will be dictated by patient need.  The NCM is supervised by the MAT-PDOA psychiatrist or psychiatric nurse practitioner as well as the NSMHA Medical Director.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Oversight of buprenorphine/naloxone and naltrexone intake assessment, induction, stabilization, maintenance and relapse management.
  • Ensuring that state and federal guidelines are followed, and collaborate as needed with MAT provider, social worker/counselors, psychiatrists, pharmacy, primary care provider, and specialty care providers to whom the patient has been referred.
  • Coordinating between MAT provider and pharmacy: obtain medication history, assist with prescription processing and refills, prior authorizations, insurance issues, concerns of diversion, misuse, safety, storage, and behavioral health referrals.

What you’ll need:

  • Education/Qualifications: Registered Nurse with current Massachusetts license to practice required.  Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing preferred.·
  • Skills/Certifications: Initial eight-hour Nurse Care Management training curriculum required (may be completed upon hire).  Experience in office-based treatment with buprenorphine/naloxone, including the use of buprenorphine/naloxone for the treatment of opioid use disorder in the office setting.  Training regarding the use of naltrexone for the treatment of alcohol use disorder and prevention of relapse to opioid dependence.
  • Experience/Knowledge: Knowledge of rehabilitative approaches to the treatment of individuals with severe and persistent mental illness. Knowledge of substance use disorders and treatment approaches.  Knowledge of evidence-based practices. Strong communication and liaison skills. Crisis prevention/intervention skills. Ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team in providing field based services.  Understanding of person-centered, recovery-oriented, trauma-informed approach to treatment.
  • Vaccination: At least one shot of the COVID-19 vaccination is required prior to hire and complete the full vaccination schedule in the appropriate timeline as documented by the CDC requirements for vaccination.

Competitive & Comprehensive Benefits:

  • Paid Time Off Two weeks’ Vacation per year (three weeks after 2 years of service), 12 Sick Days per year, and 11 Paid Holidays per year
  • Health & Dental Insurance, with generous employer contribution
  • Employer Paid Life Insurance
  • 403 (b) Retirement Plan with employer matching
  • Voluntary Short and Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Medical & Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Access to Credit Union Banking
  • Access to State Tuition Remission Program (Worksite Specific)
  • Eligibility for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
  • Employee Referral Bonus Program
  • Discounted Movie Tickets
  • Comprehensive Training Program
  • Internal Advancement Opportunities

North Suffolk is looking for a Case Manager for our residential recovery program!  The Case Manager provides case management services in a structured residential Substance Use Disorder setting, through education and life skills to help people transition in to sustainable recovery.

What you’ll do:

  • Supervise and/or participate with residents, based on their needs in self-help skills, activities of daily living, socialization, leisure time and community integration.
  • Assist the individual’s team to develop an IAP (Individualized Action Plan).
  • Implement, teach, and assist individuals with IAP goals and objectives on a consistent basis.
  • Document and maintain all individual residents’ records.
  • Ensure proper administration and documentation of all medication.
  • Interface and liaison with external providers and resources, i.e. Courts, DCF, Recovery Coaches, outpatient therapist and prescribers etc.
  • Assist and approve weekly activity logs for each resident assigned.
  • Work with treatment team to ensure cohesive daily communication.
  • Assist residents with benefits.
  • Assist and Support assigned residents on budgeting
  • Support residents with compliance of the medication procedure policy.
  • Participate in upkeep and maintenance of program.

What you’ll need:

  • Education:  High school degree or GED required; Bachelor’s degree in a related field preferred.
  • Experience:  One to two years experience providing direct care to individuals with substance use and/or co-occurring mental health disorders
  • Life Experience:  NSMHA values lived experience from individuals who are in recovery. Minimum two years of continuous recovery is required.
  • Skills and Abilities: Valid Massachusetts Driver’s License required.
  • Vaccination: At least one shot of the COVID-19 vaccination is required prior to hire and complete the full vaccination schedule in the appropriate timeline as documented by the CDC requirements for vaccination.

Competitive & Comprehensive Benefits:

  • Paid Time Off Two weeks’ Vacation per year (three weeks after 2 years of service), 12 Sick Days per year, and 11 Paid Holidays per year
  • Health & Dental Insurance, with generous employer contribution
  • Employer Paid Life Insurance
  • 403 (b) Retirement Plan with employer matching
  • Voluntary Short and Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Medical & Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Access to Credit Union Banking
  • Access to State Tuition Remission Program (Worksite Specific)
  • Eligibility for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
  • Employee Referral Bonus Program
  • Discounted Movie Tickets
  • Comprehensive Training Program
  • Internal Advancement Opportunities

North Suffolk is looking for Relief Workers to join our team!  As a Relief Worker you will be responsible for the health, safety and quality of life of individuals living in our Addictions Residential Programs.  These programs are considered to be a High Intensity Residential Service. The program provides behavior modification treatment for individuals diagnosed with substance use disorder and co-occurring disorders. We provide medication assisted treatment for those individuals who meet the criteria and residents are treated for mental health disorders. This is a 24 hour a day program with 24 hour per day staffing.  Programs located in East Boston and Chelsea.

The Relief Worker is a per diem position.

What you’ll do:

  • Ensure the health & safety of the individuals at all times through a conscientious awareness of their activities & assist as needed.
  • Assist in implementing, teaching, and assisting individuals with IAP goals and objectives.
  • Ensure proper administration and documentation of all medication.
  • Assist and approve weekly activity logs for each resident assigned.
  • Assist residents with benefits.
  • Assist and Support assigned residents on budgeting.
  • Participate in upkeep and maintenance of program.
  • Transport individuals in agency vehicle as needed.

Requirements:

  • Education:  High School Diploma or GED required.  Bachelor’s in a related field preferred.
  • Experience: Six months experience working with individuals with substance use disorders.
  • Skills: Mass Driver’s License required. Must have the ability to become medication, SFA and CPR certified within five months of hire (training provided)
  • Vaccination: At least one shot of the COVID-19 vaccination is required prior to hire and complete the full vaccination schedule in the appropriate timeline as documented by the CDC requirements for vaccination.

North Suffolk is looking for a Recovery Specialists for our residential substance use program!  The Recovery Specialist is responsible for the health, safety and quality of life of individuals in a residential setting through advocacy, teaching and service planning, individual and group counseling. This is a 40 hour per week position with no weekend hours and no on-call requirement.

What you’ll do:

  • Guide and assist residents on meeting treatment plan goals
  • Oversee the milieu to ensure residents are safe and supported
  • Provide essential group and individual supports to a diverse community
  • Receive weekly individual supervision (towards licensure, if needed)
  • Be a vital member of a multidisciplinary team of social workers, counselors, nurse practitioners, psychiatrists, recovery coaches, and administrators

What you’ll need:

  • EducationHigh school degree or GED required; Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • Experience:  Minimum of 1 years’ experience providing direct care to individuals with substance use and/or co-occurring mental health disorders
  • Life Experience:  NSMHA values lived experience from individuals who are in recovery. Minimum two years of continuous recovery is required.
  • Skills and Abilities: Valid Massachusetts Driver’s License required.
  • Vaccination: At least one shot of the COVID-19 vaccination is required prior to hire and complete the full vaccination schedule in the appropriate timeline as documented by the CDC requirements for vaccination.

Competitive & Comprehensive Benefits:

  • Paid Time Off Two weeks’ Vacation per year (three weeks after 2 years of service), 12 Sick Days per year, and 11 Paid Holidays per year
  • Health & Dental Insurance, with generous employer contribution
  • Employer Paid Life Insurance
  • 403 (b) Retirement Plan with employer matching
  • Voluntary Short and Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Medical & Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Access to Credit Union Banking
  • Access to State Tuition Remission Program (Worksite Specific)
  • Eligibility for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
  • Employee Referral Bonus Program
  • Discounted Movie Tickets
  • Comprehensive Training Program
  • Internal Advancement Opportunities