Project Summary: PAARI is currently implementing a three year pilot project, funded by the Massachusetts Service Alliance, the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Cummings Foundation, and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of Massachusetts, to place members in service alongside police to address the opioid epidemic and expand access to treatment and recovery. The goal of the project is to leverage national service to build the capacity of law enforcement agencies to address the opioid epidemic. This scattered site model embeds PAARI Recovery Corps members with police departments (or groups of police departments) across Massachusetts. Our current cohort is a team of 18 members serving 73 police departments, with several members from our first year cohort staying on for a second year of service. Our third year cohort will be a team of 27 members serving 62 police departments and two sheriff’s departments.
Call for Service Members: PAARI is seeking individuals interested in doing a year of service at law enforcement agencies across Eastern Massachusetts. There are a total of 16 positions available for part-time Recovery Coaches and two positions available for full-time Program Coordinators.
Recovery Coach Essential Functions (20 hours per week, 12 positions available): PAARI Recovery Corps members in the Recovery Coach role will support their law enforcement host site by assisting individuals struggling with substance use disorders by making referrals to treatment, removing barriers to recovery support services, and providing hope, optimism, and encouragement. Recovery Coaches will be utilized in different ways depending on the host site’s program model. Activities could include making treatment referrals for individuals who present to the station for help and actively outreaching to individuals and encouraging them to seek services. The ideal profile of a Recovery Coach is someone who has relevant lived experience, especially those in recovery for a minimum of two years. No previous Recovery Coach training or experience is required.
Program Coordinator Essential Functions (40 hours per week, 1 position available): PAARI Recovery Corps members in the Program Coordinator role will work to improve the effectiveness of non-arrest programs that save lives and that create pathways to treatment. Program Coordinators will be utilized in different ways depending on the host site’s program model. Activities could include building community partnerships, strengthening data systems, developing community resource kits, developing program manuals, providing trainings, developing marketing materials, fundraising, managing volunteers, planning events, creating or supporting coalitions, and more.
Members in both roles will: keep a log of all interactions, placements, hours, and prepare monthly reports as required and requested; attend regular calls and meetings with Program Manager and Recovery Coach Mentor; participate in 60 hours of training, including Recovery Coach Academy, and at least 35 hours of supervision in pursuit of becoming a Certified Addiction Recovery Coach (CARC); follow protocol of PAARI, AmeriCorps, and law enforcement host site; maintain integrity, boundaries, confidentiality, and ethical standards; and assist with other duties as assigned.
Note: PAARI is also expanding our Recovery Corps nationwide through the AmeriCorps VISTA program. Click here to learn about open PAARI Recovery Corps VISTA positions in Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island, Michigan, Illinois, Washington, Arizona, and Colorado.
- Commitment to service and PAARI’s mission and values
- Able to commit to serve 1 October 2019 through 31 August 2020
- Understand living allowance and service benefits
- Background or interest in community outreach, law enforcement, or substance use disorders
- Ability and willingness to work a flexible schedule including some evenings and weekends
- Ability to build strong relationships with diverse individuals and organizations to achieve common goals
- Self-motivated and resourceful, with a positive attitude and strong work ethic
- Basic computer, internet, information, and communication technology skills
- Comfortable operating in a new environment
- Knowledge of the local treatment ecosystem and continuum of care
- Relevant lived experience preferred, especially those in recovery for a minimum of two years
- Must be a United States citizen, national, or legal permanent resident, at least 17 years of age, and must complete and pass a background check (note that a criminal record does not preclude someone from being considered)
Recovery Coaches are expected to complete 900 hours of service from 1 October 2019 to 31 August 2020, which is an average of 20 hours per week. Benefits include a twice monthly living allowance of $314, 60 hours of training, and 35 hours of supervision towards the CARC Recovery Coach Certification. Recovery Coaches who successfully complete a term of service also receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of up to $2,907.50 which may be used to pay educational costs at post-secondary educational institutions or to repay student loans. Recovery Coaches may be eligible for federal student loan forbearance and interest accrual payments.
Program Coordinators are expected to complete 1,700 hours of service from 1 October 2019 to 31 August 2020, which is an average of 40 hours per week. Benefits include a twice monthly living allowance of $628, 60 hours of training, and 35 hours of supervision towards the CARC Recovery Coach Certification. Capacity Building Fellows who successfully complete a term of service also receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of up to $5,815 which may be used to pay educational costs at post-secondary educational institutions or to repay student loans. Capacity Building Fellows may be eligible for federal student loan forbearance and interest accrual payments, health insurance allowance, and child care vouchers.
Recovery Coach (20 hours per week):
Somerville Police Department
Burlington Police Department
Boston Police Department (3 positions available)
Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department (2 positions available)
Essex County Sheriff’s Department (1 position available)
Program Coordinator (40 hours per week):
East Bridgewater and/or Plymouth Police Departments
To apply, please email your resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. In your cover letter, please indicate the role to which you are applying (Recovery Coach and/or Program Coordinator) and the specific areas or departments that you are interested in serving with. Please include “Recovery Corps Application” in the subject line of your email. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Incomplete applications will not be considered. No phone calls please.
PAARI is an equal opportunity employer and reasonable accommodations can be made to enable individuals with disabilities to participate in the interview process, orientation, and service.
This year, 62 police departments and two sheriff’s departments will be served by the Massachusetts-based PAARI Recovery Corps Program.
New Law Enforcement Partners: Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office, Ipswich Police, and Danvers Police
Returning Law Enforcement Partners: Abington Police, Amesbury Police, Boston Police, Bridgewater State University Police, Brockton Police, Burlington Police, Canton Police, Carver Police, Cohasset Police, Dedham Police, Duxbury Police, East Bridgewater Police, Essex County Sheriff’s Office, Foxborough Police, Groveland Police, Halifax Police, Hanover Police, Hanson Police, Hingham Police, Hull Police, Kingston Police, Lakeville Police, Lawrence Police, Lynn Police, Marion Police, Marshfield Police, Mattapoisett Police, Medfield Police, Merrimac Police, Methuen Police, Middleboro Police, Millis Police, Milton Police, Needham Police, New Bedford Police, Newburyport Police, Norfolk Police, Norwell Police, Norwood Police, Pembroke Town Police, Plainville Police, Plymouth Police, Plympton Police, Rochester Police, Rockland Police, Rowley Police, Salisbury Police, Scituate Police, Sharon Police, Somerville Police, Stoughton Police, Tewksbury Police, Walpole Police, Wareham Police, Wellesley Police, West Bridgewater Police, West Newbury Police, Westwood Police, Whitman Police, Wilmington Police, Woburn Police, and Wrentham Police.
About AmeriCorps: AmeriCorps is a civil society program that engages adults in public service work with a goal of helping others and meeting critical needs in the community. Members commit to full-time or part-time positions offered by a network of nonprofit community organizations and public agencies to fulfill assignments in the fields of education, public safety, healthcare, and environmental protection. There are more than 75,000 Americans in service each year.
About the Massachusetts Service Alliance: The Massachusetts Service Alliance (MSA), established in 1991, is a private, nonprofit organization that serves as the state commission on service and volunteerism. MSA promotes and supports service and volunteerism by investing public and private resources in community-based organizations that rely upon volunteers and people engaged in service to meet their community’s needs. MSA administers the AmeriCorps State program for Massachusetts and the Commonwealth Corps program, as well as support for community service learning, and volunteer generation initiatives. MSA provides training and technical assistance to organizations to support their volunteer and service member management through one-on-one technical assistance, trainings and workshops throughout the year, and a bi-annual statewide conference on service and volunteerism.