Harris CountyHouston 77027
Full Time
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Substance Use Education Specialist

Harris County
Full Time 00pmMust be willing to flex work per week 2223 W Loop S, Houston, TX 77027, United States Apply before 10/21/2023 11:59


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About Harris County Public Health:
Harris County Public Health (HCPH) includes a network of more than 700 public health professionals working together to improve health outcomes for the third most populous county in the United States. HCPH provides a multitude of services such as medical and dental services, community programming, and health education for the approximately 2.3 million people in unincorporated Harris County. Through its core values of innovation, engagement, and health equity, HCPH strives to bring meaningful solutions to public health issues while keeping Harris County healthy and vibrant.

*This is a grant-funded position* 
Position Overview:
The Substance Use Education Specialist serves as a role model, mentor, and motivator to substance use recovering individuals by staying engaged in their recovery process and preventing relapse. This role will promote a unique recovery approach to the each individual based on their specific needs. The Substance Use Education Specialist will provide peer support, and provide education on available resources. The Public Safety Substance Use Education Specialist will focus on partnering with law enforcement agencies in the development and betterment of first responder process in response to substance use and overdose prevalence in Harris County. 
Duties & Responsibilities:
  • Work closely with the Harris County Sheriff's Office, law enforcement and other public safety agencies to develop and refine first responder processes for addressing substance use and overdose.
  • Engage and oversee partners providing peer support services to inmates in the Harris County Jail System at the point of initial contact and ongoing engagement in recovery services.
  • Educate public safety personnel on the use of naloxone and other harm reduction measures, filling in gaps in current training programs.
  • Assist in work-plan implementation and maintenance; recording and submitting required programmatic and departmental reports, documenting work activities according to established protocols.
  • Designs and creates spreadsheets, forms, graphs, pamphlets, etc. and prepares PowerPoint presentations for program services.
  • Collect and analyze data on the effectiveness of interventions and treatments among justice-involved individuals, and using the data for continuous improvement of recovery service delivery.
  • Collaborate with law enforcement to distribute naloxone, particularly targeting those at risk of overdose upon re-entry into the community.
  • Discuss and resolve challenges as they arise with the Program Leadership and community partners.
  • Participates in the planning, organization, and facilitation of Community events.
  • Performs other duties as assigned. 

Harris County is an Equal Opportunity Employer  


If you need special services or accommodations, please call (713) 274-5445 or email .  

This position is subject to a criminal history check. Only relevant convictions will be considered and, even when considered, may not automatically disqualify the candidate.

  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  • One (1) year of experience in recovery support services, healthcare, or related substance use services
  • Certified Peer Recover Specialist (CPRS), Recovery Support Peer Specialist (RSPS), or other related Certification
  • Valid TX Driver's License
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Proficient in MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal & written)
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Demonstrates respect for the opinions and beliefs of others
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality when dealing with sensitive information
  • Ability to maintain high ethical standards while working with clients & stakeholders
  • Ability to work well with public and staff members
  • Knowledge of Substance use addiction and mental health in undeserved communities

Core Competencies:Organizational Leadership

  • Understands the organizational mission

  • Understands ethics and public good; is concerned with public trust
  • Demonstrates respect for the opinions and beliefs of others


  • Contributes to an inclusive workplace where equity, diversity, inclusion, and individual differences are valued and leveraged to achieve the vision and mission

  • Demonstrates a sense of responsibility for the success of the group
  • Collaborates with others to improve quality and address needs


  • Ability to adapt to change

Interpersonal Abilities/Personal Characteristics

  • Treats others with courtesy, sensitivity, and respect

  • Behaves in an honest, fair, and ethical manner
  • Assesses and recognizes own strengths and weaknesses
  • Uses sound judgment
  • Self-motivated
  • Organizes and maintains work environment to allow for maximum productivity


  • Communicates clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing 

NOTE: Qualifying education, experience, knowledge and skills must be documented on your job application. You may attach a resume to the application as supporting documentation but ONLY information stated on the application will be used for consideration. "See Resume" will not be accepted for qualifications.