PEPPERELL — A regional program dedicated to diverting those suffering from mental health disorders and substance abuse from the criminal justice system is looking for a full-time project coordinator.
The Community Outreach Initiative Network, COIN, received an AmeriCorps grant to fund a one-year position, Police Chief David Scott announced in a press release.
The grant was made through the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative, P.A.A.R.I.
COIN is a 10-town collaborative in northwest Middlesex County that connects people with services and treatment options.
“We’re happy to have received one of the AmeriCorps grants to bring in a full-time person who can further the work we’re already doing surrounding substance and abuse and mental health,” Scott said in the statement. “We encourage anyone who has an interest in these fields to apply.”
Over the summer, P.A.A.R.I. and AmeriCorps partnered to place 20 part-time recovery coaches and five full-time coordinators with police departments in the state. The agencies dramatically enhanced their capacity to reach individuals in need and to better support them as they worked to access treatment and recovery programs and services.
The local program coordinator will work with COIN’s part-time interim health clinician.
Job tasks include outreach, event organizing, identifying treatment facilities, assisting police with referrals and data collection, committee meeting and note taking, organizing prescription drug and needle disposal and representing COIN at awareness group meetings.
The program coordinator will receive a monthly allowance of $1,152.50, health insurance, professional development opportunities and valuable experience working in the field.
Apply at https://tinyurl.com/yau9m9yu.
COIN is a collaboration between the police departments in Pepperell, Ashby, Townsend, Groton, Shirley, Ayer, Boxborough, Dunstable, Westford and Littleton.
Through a partnership with Family Continuity, a local mental health provider, COIN brought in a mental health clinician to assist these departments in finding help for residents in need and diverting them from the criminal justice system.