Harm Reduction & Recovery Specialist- Sobering Center

Location: REACH
Job Code: 439
# of Openings: 1


**Salary DOE-- starting at $44,000**


REACH Mission and Values

The REACH Program of Evergreen Treatment Services works with individuals experiencing homelessness and substance use disorders to help them achieve stability and improved quality of life. Through outreach, relationships, advocacy and bridging gaps, REACH focuses on reducing harm and supporting healing. REACH provides outreach and intensive case management to help individuals’ access essential resources such as housing, health care, entitlements and treatment. REACH provides all services from a client-centered and harm reduction model of care, including substance use disorder treatment.

The REACH Team is passionate about creating a hospitable and welcoming environment for all people while providing quality services on an individually tailored basis to our clientele. REACH values diversity, is committed to social justice, and appreciates hard work, creativity and a good sense of humor.


The purpose of this position is to expand harm reduction and recovery support services to individuals experiencing substance use disorders and homelessness in Seattle and King County. This position will be an active member of the Health Care for the Homeless Network (HCHN) and provide services in accordance with the HCHN Philosophy of Care. Services will be delivered in collaboration with all other providers at the Boren Clinic. This position will provide client-centered care, substance use intervention and case management services to people living homeless who are most vulnerable and at risk to prevent or reduce more acute illness, high-risk behaviors, incarceration, and other emergency medical or crisis responses by increasing clients’ access to adapted health care services.

Job Summary

The Harm Reduction and Recovery Specialist will provide consultation to staff and will provide direct services to clients during regular on-site hours at the Sobering Center in collaboration with other providers on-site. Services may include outreach and engagement, relationship-building, substance use disorder assessment, harm reduction and recovery counseling as well as referral and linkage to treatment services. Services will be provided from a trauma-informed care and harm reduction perspective and will utilize motivational interviewing skills and interventions.The Harm Reduction and Recovery Specialist must develop and maintain productive relationships with all partners at the Sobering Center, other HCHN providers, substance use treatment providers, etc, in order to effectively coordinate care. The nature of this position is extremely independent, requiring creative thinking, multitasking, excellent interpersonal relationship and conflict resolution skills.

Job Functions (May Include)

  1. Provide substance use disorder intervention services for clients accessing the Sobering Center.
    1. Provide outreach to potential clients to explain offered services and establish a working relationship.
    2. Develop rapport with potential clients through friendly, respectful interaction and responding to questions and concerns presented by potential clients.
    3. Assess nature and severity of clients’ substance use/dependency and match clinical interventions to each individual’s stage of change.
    4. When appropriate, develop and implement, with the client’s input, an individualized plan which addresses the client’s stated needs and priorities and focuses on reduction/elimination of harm associated with substance use through self-change methods.  Support client attainment of articulated goals.
    5. Develop and maintain productive working relationships with the Sobering Center providers and community resources in order to provide effective coordination of client care.
    6. Provide services consistent with ETS/REACH program policies and procedures.
    7. Advocate for the client by facilitating access to needed services, including medical care, detox, inpatient and outpatient substance use and mental health treatment when indicated.
  2. Provide consultation to other providers on substance use disorder related issues, including harm reduction interventions, assessments, and referrals to treatment.
  3. Identify gaps and barriers in available community resources and advocate for systemic change.
  4. Attend REACH team meetings, supervision, and other required meetings.
  5. Develop and maintain client files and documentation according to contract and state requirements.
  6. Collect data and prepare reports on activities per agency and contract requirements.
  7. Local travel on behalf of the Agency is a job requirement.
  8. Additional duties as assigned.

Qualification Requirements


Academic training in the social service field and substance use disorder treatment as required in accordance with the qualifications for a Department of Health licensed Chemical Dependency Professional (CDP) as stipulated in the WAC; or CDPT. Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Social Work or a related field preferred.  Experience working with a substance using population utilizing motivational interviewing and harm reduction interventions may be substituted for some or all of the degree requirements.



A minimum of three years of experience in social work, substance use and/or outreach programs. Experience providing services from a harm reduction perspective to individuals experiencing homelessness and using substances is essential.


Knowledge Requirements

  1. Computer literate, with basic knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, as well as a high level of initiative in keeping current with technological change.
  2. Ability to prioritize workload and activities of self and complete tasks in a timely and efficient manner.
  3. Dependable, able to work under pressure, receptive to change, willingness to learn, cooperative approach to problem solving.
  4. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, clients, and outside contacts from a wide variety of ethnic, socioeconomic, and cultural backgrounds; good diplomatic skills.
  5. Must be able to pass a Washington State Patrol criminal background check.
  6. Flexible team player.
  7. Excellent attention to detail.
  8. Ability to work very independently and seek supervision when appropriate.


Language Skills

  1. Ability to read and interpret general business correspondence, policies and procedures, referral information, financial documentation, and applicable government regulations.
  2. Ability to write business letters, uncomplicated reports, instructions, and procedures.
  3. Ability to present information effectively and respond to questions from patients, staff, referral sources and the general public.


Mathematical Skills and Reasoning Ability

  1. Thorough knowledge of and ability to apply business arithmetic skills accurately and rapidly.
  2. Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where standardization may be limited. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, schedule or diagram format.
  3. Basic math skills

Physical Requirements

  1. The employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms and talk or hear; frequently required to stand, walk and kneel; occasionally to climb balance, or stoop; rarely to crouch or crawl.
  2. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close, color and peripheral vision and the ability to adjust focus. The noise level in the work environment is moderate.
  1. Valid Driver’s License and acceptable driving record required.

Equipment Used
Computer, photocopier, fax machine, phone, and possible use of the program vehicle.


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