Opioid Treatment Services VISTA

Published

09/13/2018

Start Date

11/13/2018

End Date

11/12/2019

Time Commitment

Full time (30+ hrs/wk)

Duration

Long-Term (6 months-1 year)

Address

Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department Opioid Treatment Services
3629 South D Street
Tacoma
Washington
98418
United States

Description

Opioid misuse and overdoses are on the rise in Pierce County. In the past year, there were 1,018 opioid overdose deaths in Washington. Reports show there are about 20 times that many non-fatal overdoses. It’s an issue that spans all age groups and demographics. In Pierce County alone, over 700 people have died from opioid overdoses between 2005 and 2014. In addition to overdoses, opioids can have other negative impacts for the community’s medical and mental health and crime.


The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department’s (TPCHD) mission is to protect and improve the health of all people and places in Pierce County. TPCHD’s Opioid Treatment Services is dedicated to providing a path toward recovery from addiction. Our medical research-supported medication assisted treatment provides hope and support for patients in recovery. Through the program, patients learn to manage their addition and become productive professionals, students, and parents. TPCHD offers patient-centered services to more effectively treat individuals. These services include:

  • Medicated assisted treatment
  • Substance use disorder treatment with mental health support in an outpatient setting
  • Group and individual counseling
  • Ongoing care and follow-up
  • Education
  • Resource and referrals


While opioid addiction affects people of all socio-economic backgrounds, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “people living in poverty are especially at risk for addiction and its consequences like overdose or spread of HIV.” The Opioid Treatment Services Outreach VISTA will fight poverty and its link to opioid addiction in our community by improving the effectiveness of TPCHD’s opioid programs through building collaborative relationships within Pierce County and throughout the state and increasing outreach efforts to increase awareness of the opioid epidemic. In doing so, the VISTA will build the capacity of Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department (TPCHD) to reach more individuals in the community and broaden the scope and impact of opioid programs. 


Benefits of AmeriCorps VISTA service:

  • Bi-weekly living allowance of $472.22 (pre-tax)
  • End-of-service award (choice of $6,095 Segal AmeriCorps Education Award or approximately $1,800 cash stipend)
  • Healthcare
  • Childcare assistance
  • Loan forbearance and interest accrual payment or deferment on qualified student loans
  • Transportation and relocation assistance
  • Comprehensive leave benefit
  • High-quality training, orientation, and professional development
  • Non-competitive eligibility (NCE) status upon completion of service
  • Unique team experience as part of United Way and AmeriCorps networks

Benefits

  • Stipend Provided
  • Training Provided

How To Apply

lfujimoto@unitedway-thurston.org
https://www.unitedway-thurston.org/americorps-vista

Email resume and cover letter to lfujimoto@unitedway-thurston.org if you are interested in applying.


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