Minnesota Opioid Response Corps members serve one year making a difference at organizations who serve individuals who are in recovery from opioid use disorder and other substance use disorders. As a Minnesota Opioid Response Corps member, you will help organizations build capacity in order to quickly and thoughtfully address the opioid epidemic in the state of Minnesota. The services provided by Minnesota Opioid Response Corps members will support one or more of the following critical areas of focus: (1) Internal Capacity, or an organization’s ability to provide and evaluate evidence-based services and the supports needed to effectively prevent and/or serve persons in addiction care settings; (2) External/Network Capacity, or an organization’s ability to partner with cross-sector partners (i.e. prevention, intervention/treatment, and recovery services), local/statewide planning groups, or the broader public to facilitate prevention, healthcare access, or epidemic awareness campaigns; and/or (3) Workforce Capacity, with a special focus on developing workforce pipelines in addiction care that respond to local shortages and are inclusive to low-income persons in recovery.
Anticipated duties vary by site, and are expected to include:
- Assess capacities and needs of partnering organizations inclusive of connections to collaborative/ cross-sector response planning efforts.
- Conduct planning to include asset-mapping of local resources, greater coordination amongst opioid response referral systems, and participation in local/state planning groups.
- Increase organizational capacity to market and communicate available local resources to impacted communities.
- Develop curriculum, facilitate training, and implement train-the-trainer models for public education campaigns (e.g. naloxone responder training, opioid awareness and prevention, etc.).
- Implement systems to monitor, track data, and evaluate the performance of opioid response initiatives.
- Create and facilitate programming that leverages volunteers and peer support groups for persons in or seeking recovery.
- Aid in the development and communication of workforce pipelines to include: career pathways mapping for addiction treatment and behavioral healthcare positions, and marketing existing credentialed training and collegiate programs to persons in recovery.
- Attend required program training and other professional development activities throughout the year.
Attend service site-sponsored activities to represent Minnesota Opioid Response Corps and conduct outreach to promote program awareness.
Recruit volunteers and coordinate volunteer opportunities to support site capacity-building efforts.
- Must be 18 years of age, a US citizen, national, or legal permanent resident alien, and a high school graduate (or equivalent). Two- or four-year degree preferred, or equivalent combination of education and professional experience.
- Experience with and/or understanding of the nonprofit sector or office environments preferred.
- Willingness to commit to a full term of service. Hours must be completed within 11 months of start date.
- Direct or indirect experience with substance use disorders and strong connection to and understanding of the recovery process.
- Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.
- Demonstrated ability to build strong, trusting relationships with diverse stakeholders, including colleagues, program participants, and external partners.
- Experience in facilitating groups preferred.
- Ability to take initiative, organize workload, and manage multiple projects with limited direction.
- Demonstrated experience with intermediate to advanced computer skills (Microsoft Office Suite, internet, data entry, e-mail, database management and software use, etc.).
- Desire to affect systems change regarding the opioid epidemic and substance use disorders at the ground level; ability to connect the small details to the bigger picture.
- Ability to work effectively with people of different cultures and backgrounds.
- Access to regular, reliable transportation.
Members receive robust professional development opportunities throughout the year, including recovery training, career development training, motivational interviewing training and leadership training.
AmeriCorps members have a 20% better chance of full employment after their service than other applicants and there are hundreds of companies that give preference to resumes that list AmeriCorps service.
Members receive a living allowance. The living allowance is approximately $600 to be paid bi-weekly for full time service. Applicants must take a careful look at their financial situation to determine if they can afford to commit to serve with Minnesota Opioid Response Corps.
It’s not cheap to live in the urban metro, where adults rely on our navigators to help them overcome barriers and reach their goals. Effective immediately, all persons committing to Minnesota Opioid Response Corps service in the core cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul will be eligible for a housing stipend up to $2,000/annually.
Members who successfully complete their year of service will receive an education award of $5,920 for full-time service. The education award can be used to pay back federal student loans, the cost of tuition or other educational purposes. The award has a seven-year expiration period and can be used at any accredited post-secondary school. Please note that the Education Award is considered taxable income in the year that it is used.
Members who are 55 or older at the start of their service enjoy an additional benefit. They may choose to transfer their education award to a child, grandchild, or foster child within seven years. The award must be used within ten years of the member receiving it.
STUDENT LOAN FORBEARANCE
If a member is making payments to a federally-backed education loan, payments can be put into forbearance during his or her year of service. Upon successful completion of the program, the accrued interest will be paid by the National Service Trust.
Members serving in a full time capacity are eligible to enroll in a health insurance plan through Recovery Corps. The plan also does not cover dependents of members. The plan is managed through Cigna and includes medical, dental, and vision coverage.
The 2017-2018 Health Plan Summary is now available. Members can review the Medical and Dental/Vision plans to gain a general understanding of the coverage and how it might meet their individual needs.
For greatest savings under this plan, members are encouraged to use "in-network" healthcare professionals. You may search the Cigna website (using the plan option "Open Access Plus, OA Plus, Choice Fund OA Plus") to find a doctor/dentist or facility within the network.
Have more questions? Please read through our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.
Members serving in a full-time capacity may qualify to receive child care assistance. The program is administered through GAP Solutions, Inc. In order to be eligible for the assistance program, members must meet income requirements. For more information on how to apply, please see our Guide to Applying. You can also visit the GAP AmeriCorps Website for more details, Frequently Asked Questions, and the rules and regulations surrounding the program's administration.
Thanks to a unique partnership with Metro Transit, all income-eligible Minnesota Opioid Response Corps members serving in the metro area will benefit from $1.00 METRO bus or train transit rides during their 2018-2019 year of service.
The Minnesota Opioid Response Corps does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, sex, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, political affiliation, marital or parental status, military service, or religious, community, or social affiliates.