BUILDING A WORKFORCE

Bilingual Community Health Worker (SBIRT)

Rhode Island Parent Information Network

Screening Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment Program

Job Summary: The Bilingual Community Health Worker (CHW) is a peer who has experience in navigating Rhode Island’s health system for themselves, a family member or through previous employment. The SBIRT (Screening Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment) CHW will work with the RIPIN Care Management Program team andcommunity partners to conduct screens with consumers to gather information about substance use. The CHW will be a critical part of a comprehensive team providing peer support, care coordination, resources and referrals. The CHW will engage with consumers in the home and community settings providing person centered, culturally sensitive support, and building on the values, strengths and preferences of the member.

Essential Functions:

  • Engage with identified consumers to conduct initial SBIRT screening
  • Follow up with consumers who screen positive for unhealthy substance use
  • Connect with community partners to identify screening opportunities
  • Provide assistance in the development of Care Plans.
  • Collaborate with partners to connect consumers with supports and services that will help them live safe, healthy, and independent lives in the community
  • Provide emotional support, serve as a role model, and guide consumers to practice positive, responsible healthy behaviors
  • Maintain timely, accurate records, documentation, and reports as required
  • Assist in data collection, surveys, assessment and reporting as required
  • Accept other duties and responsibilities as assigned

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Possess intimate knowledge of health systems, terminology, supports, and services
  • Demonstrated ability and skill to work collaboratively with co-workers, consumers, families, service providers, and health plans, etc.
  • Ability to promote and advocate for person and family-centered, culturally sensitive care, utilizing problem-solving skills to facilitate empowering experiences and positive outcomes with consumers
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills to manage multiple priorities and tasks, including demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office/computer skills
  • Demonstrated written and verbal fluency in Spanish required

Education and Experience:

  • High School diploma or GED and a combination of education and skills to effectively carry out responsibilities and assignments
  • Community Health Workers certification preferred; non-certified incumbents are expected to earn certification within 18 months of hire date
  • Personal experience navigating state and community services and programs on behalf of self or a family member
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as an effective team member
  • Demonstrated experience working with diverse populations

Physical Demands:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee regularly is required to stand, walk, sit, use hand to finger, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to climb stairs, reach, stretch, stand and bend. The employee frequently lifts and/or moves up to 25 pounds. Community Health Workers are required to climb up to three flights of stairs to conduct home and community visits.

Working Conditions/ Work Environment:

  • Primary work location is a climate-controlled indoor office environment; however, may also be required to conduct visits in private homes, climbing up to three flights of stairs, and community locations
  • Flexibility for occasional travel related to job requirements
  • Willingness and ability to work evenings and weekends as needed
  • Provide own reliable transportation with proof of RI minimum requirements of auto insurance

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Please include letter of interest, resume, and salary requirements to complete your application.

About RIPIN: RIPIN deploys a peer model to support people with special healthcare and education needs across the whole lifespan.  Founded in 1991 by a group of parents of children with special needs, RIPIN continues to be peer-led: a majority of our board and more than three-fourths of our staff are parents or caretakers of loved ones with special needs.  RIPIN’s peer professionals now help more than 45,000 Rhode Islanders every year navigate healthcare, schools, and other support systems.

RIPIN provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.