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Substance Use Care Coordinator

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Substance Use Care Coordinator
Chicago,  IL 60606
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The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) mobilizes communities to create equity and justice for people living with and vulnerable to HIV or chronic conditions. We envision a world in which people living with HIV or chronic conditions will thrive, and there will be no new HIV cases. Our work focuses on advancing health equity, preventing new cases of HIV, serving as a collaboration and knowledge center, being a bold voice for change and strengthening our organizational excellence.

We are seeking for two individuals to serve as our Substance Use Care Coordinators. The Substance Use Care Coordinator will work with the Better Health through Housing (BHH) collaborative to address the substance use treatment needs of chronically homeless households living in permanent supportive housing. The BHH collaborative brings together 26 housing providers to ensure that medically vulnerable homeless households in Chicago receive housing and support services to help them achieve optimal health outcomes. This position will serve as a liaison between the members of the BHH collaborative, who provide permanent supportive housing and intensive case management, and substance use providers. The care coordinator will work with housing providers to screen, assess, determine level of need, and provide referrals and linkage services to the appropriate substance use providers. The care coordinator will also provide transportation services, track engagement in treatment, and conduct outreach to re-engage participants that fall out of care. CHH is a supporting organization of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago.

Principal functions and responsibilities of this position include the following:

  • Develop and maintain knowledge of the substance use provider network in Illinois, including Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT), detox services, inpatient services, intensive outpatient services, individual and group counseling or therapy and services co-located with primary care, mental health care, and/or coordination with primary care;
  • Develop and maintain relationships with substance use treatment providers to understand treatment criteria and availability of services;
  • Work with Housing Providers to screen, assess, and refer clients in Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) and Transitional Housing programs in need of substance use treatment services to substance use treatment providers;
  • Provide education to clients on substance use treatment services options and use of Naloxone;
  • Distribute Naloxone kits;
  • Utilize Stages of Change theory to determine client readiness and appropriate treatment options;
  • Work with Housing Providers to provide outreach services to those clients who need to be re-engaged in services;
  • Utilize internal and external database systems, including ClientTrack, to track project data and client engagement;
  • Assist to convene meetings and provide trainings to intensive case managers and supervisors on substance use and treatment;
  • Coordinate other related initiatives that support the BHH collaborative and the project;
  • Complete funder mandated reports as necessary; document daily project-related activities.


  • Assist with agency-wide activities as directed, including Annual Meeting, AIDS Run & Walk, and others;
  • Protect organization's value and manage risk by keeping information confidential;
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

The list of essential functions, as outlined herein, is intended to be representative of the tasks performed within this classification. It is not necessarily descriptive of any one position in this class. The omission of an essential function does not preclude management from assignment of duties not listed herein if such functions are a logical assignment to the position.


Minimum Qualifications

Associate’s degree and 3 or more years of Human Services experience OR Bachelor's degree and 1 or more years of Human Services experience

Preferred Qualifications

1 or more years substance use case management and/or counseling experience

Certified Recovery Support Specialist (CRSS) and, or Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) credential

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Exceptionally strong written and verbal communication skills with solid interpersonal skills along with the ability and willingness to respect and value the differences and perceptions of different groups/individuals.

Strong attention to detail and the ability to manage multiple projects, establish workload priorities, and meet deadlines and the ability to follow up with clients in a timely manner.

The ability to develop and maintain professional, trusting, positive working relationships with supervisors, staff, department managers, customers/clients, and partner agencies.

Knowledge of the causes of homelessness, who it affects, and the factors (e.g., racial inequities, Socio Economic Status) that can contribute to an individual being homeless.

Please reference position code CHH SUSS 405

Decisions and criteria governing the employment relationship with all employees at AIDS Foundation of Chicago are made in a non-discriminatory manner, without regard to race, ethnicity, creed, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, citizenship status, military service and/or marital status, order of protection status, handicap, disability (including HIV/AIDS status), or any other factor determined to be unlawful by federal, state, or local statutes.


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