QuarterLine is currently seeking full-time Drug and Alcohol/Trainee Employee Assistance Program Subject Matter Experts (SME) to join our team in support of Job Corps located in Washington, DC. The Trainee Employee Assistance Program SME may be a licensed psychiatrist or social worker. As an employee of QuarterLine, you will have the opportunity to assist students with establishing and maintaining optimal health levels, which will allow them to succeed in their personal lives.
Job Corps was established in 1964 and is the nation’s largest residential educational and career training program for at risk youth ages 16 through 24. With 121 centers in 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, Job Corps is primarily a residential program with a small non-residential component. The program annually serves approximately 45,000 young men and women, nationally as mandated by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), DOL regulations, and Job Corps rules. Oversight of Job Corps centers is provided by six regional offices located in Boston, MA; Philadelphia, PA; Atlanta, GA; Chicago, IL; Dallas, TX; and San Francisco, CA. Job Corps’ primary mission is to provide young adults with the tools necessary to attain meaningful jobs that lead to career growth.
Each Job Corps center has allocated a health and wellness area that is staffed to provide basic medical care to the student population. The Job Corps health and wellness program’s primary objective is to increase each student’s employability by establishing and maintaining the student at his or her optimal health level, along with preventing accidents and injuries. This is accomplished through providing and coordinating health care including case management of chronic illness, promotion of self-management of health care, and through preventive health education to instill good wellness habits and prevent avoidable illness, injury and death.
To learn more, please visit: https://www.jobcorps.gov/
Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities:
Job Corps implemented a national program on biochemical testing, and alcohol and other drugs of abuse (AODA) prevention and intervention in February 1992. In May 1995, a Zero Tolerance policy for AODA was instituted (and amended in October 1997) which stated that:
- All applicants are advised by the Admissions Counselor that Job Corps is a drug free environment and are required to sign a statement to that effect.
- All students are tested for drugs within 48 hours after entry.
- Students who test positive on entry are placed in the AODA program which provides assessment, intervention, counseling, relapse prevention, and education.
- All students testing positive on entry are retested so that the results are received on or before the 30th day after entry.
- All students retesting positive are separated from the Job Corps program.
- Students with behavior suggestive of alcohol use or intoxication are tested on suspicion at any time, and may be separated at the discretion of the Center Director.
- All specimens for drug testing are sent to the nationally contracted laboratory. In 2001, the AODA program was revised to parallel the workplace setting by incorporating an employee assistance model. The name of the program was changed to the Trainee Employee Assistance Program (TEAP) to reflect this philosophical shift. An intervention period was incorporated for students who had a negative drug screen on entry but later tested positive on a suspicious drug test. These students enter a 45-day intervention period where they attend TEAP intervention services including group and individual sessions, as well as participate in required recreational activities. Before the end of the 45 day intervention period, the student is retested and if the drug screen is positive, the student is separated under the Job Corps Zero Tolerance policy.
In 2013, a policy shift occurred when the staffing requirement changed from having at least one full-time TEAP specialist on each center to basing the number of TEAP hours on a formula of six hours per one hundred students per week, consistent with staffing patterns for other Job Corps center health professionals, including center mental health consultants (CMHCs). Policies were updated to reflect this shift and, in recognition of how mental health and substance abuse are co-occurring, increased collaboration between these disciplines has occurred. Substance abuse prevention and education services are provided to all students in the form of ongoing center-wide activities as well as presentations in each phase of career development as the student progresses through the Job Corps program. The TEAP specialist works collaboratively with center staff to promote a healthy, substance-free lifestyle among students as one way of improving their employability skills. Trainings and other educational offerings are provided to center staff to ensure full integration of this message across all center areas. Additionally, regional TEAP SMEs conduct monthly conference calls with center TEAP specialists to provide technical assistance as well as program support.
In the last Job Corps Program Year (July 2018 through June 2019), data from the nationally contracted laboratory revealed that approximately 32% of students entering the program tested positive for drugs, with 91% of those tests being positive for marijuana. Of those who tested positive on entry, 82% of students were drug free at the end of their 45-day probationary period. Suspicion testing data showed that 52% of students tested under suspicion for drugs were positive, and 80% of students tested under suspicion for alcohol were positive. This data is utilized by center staff (physicians, nurses, TEAP specialists, CMHCs, and others) to intervene with students and provide necessary services. The data is also utilized in program assessment to measure the efficacy of components of the TEAP as a mechanism for program improvement.
Experience: 5 years of providing drug and alcohol counselling and support to adolescents and young adults (age 16 and up).
Skillsets: Demonstrate experience in program evaluation/assessment, quality and compliance assessment techniques, and adolescent alcohol and drug issues. Strong time management, writing skills, crisis intervention, and computer skills are also required.
Education: Psychologists must hold a PhD. Social workers must hold an MSW.
Citizenship: U.S. citizenship.
- Ability to pass background check and drug screen.
- Current physical and immunizations.
Work Location, Hours, and Physical Requirements:
Physical Requirements: You must be on the premises to perform the job. The environment is fast-paced and multifaceted, with conditions and duties that can change quickly throughout a shift.
Normal Duty Hours: The Contractor is responsible for providing support Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays or when Government facilities are closed due to local or national emergencies, administrative closings, or similar Government-directed facility closings.
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