This is a union position.
This position requires full vaccination against COVID-19 before hire.
SoMa RISE is an innovative program that will provide low barrier services to people who use drugs in and around the SoMa/Tenderloin area with a particular focus on individuals who are marginally housed/experiencing homelessness. We are recruiting compassionate staff who are familiar with harm reduction and who are able to provide non-judgmental supportive service to individuals who are using drugs. The program is one of the first of its kind in the USA, and is part of the Mental Health SF initiative.
Program participants are 18 and over adults who are under the influence of substances and need short term assistance and support. HR360 will be operating our SOMA RISE site in a manner that treats all participants with compassion, dignity and respect; are staffed with EMTs, a wellness team including health workers, and safety monitors. The team works to engage participants in health resources, however great or small. The program will operate a 24-hour, welcoming, compassionate, trauma-informed, culturally attuned, and user-responsive space that focuses on the principles of harm reduction. Alongside providing a safe, comfortable space for clients, our emphasis is on supporting people at increased risk of substance use-related high-risk behaviors and trauma, homelessness, and death due to overdose. Priority will be given to clients’ safety, and all staff will be trained in OD Prevention, Recognition, Response and Narcan Administration. By recognizing the dignity and humanity of all participants, HR360 aspires:
To reduce barriers for people who use drugs to access a non-judgmental and participant-centered SOMA RISE Program opportunity to support clients addressing the inter-related harms of homelessness, substance use, and trauma;
To provide radical hospitality and support to marginalized populations in a welcoming, optimally safe, compassionate, trauma-informed, culturally attuned, and user-responsive space that focuses on the principles of harm reduction;
To help address and reduce the harmful impacts of substance-related harms in the immediate and surrounding neighborhood, by providing an appropriate space for individuals who are experiencing substance use related crisis/disfunction, including reducing deaths due to overdose and promoting restorative approaches to conflict;
To create a stigma-free zone for SOMA RISE services that will elicit and incorporate the needs and preferences of persons who use drugs in San Francisco into the program’s mission, policies, practices, and development;
To continuously monitor the successes and challenges of the Program so as to learn how to improve the service delivery of this community-based model;
And to collaborate with the community partners, including community-based harm reduction, treatment, and wellness resources to create more sustainable links to resources for individuals during and after their SOMA RISE stay.
Health Workers in Harm Reduction Services provide direct care, engagement, support, and documentation for participants in the HR360 SOMA RISE program. As a part of a collaborative team, along with EMTs, Safety Monitors, and supervisors, Health Workers will ensure participant safety and comfort while supporting them in adhering to the participant guidelines of the program. Health Workers will model and demonstrate healthy COVID transmission prevention behaviors, wearing appropriate PPE and practicing physical distancing, while they observe and monitor participants, and support them in meeting their needs in accordance with the program. Health Workers will be required to complete minimal documentation and assist in connecting our participants to ongoing services and supports, and others as they arise. May be required to work nights and weekends.
The Health Worker may also be designated to fill the role of Health & Safety Representative including monthly safety trainings, emergency drills, maintain safety supplies, update emergency response plan, and attend safety meetings."