REACH Mission and Values
The REACH Program of Evergreen Treatment Services works with individuals experiencing homelessness and behavioral health conditions to help them achieve stability and improved quality of life. Through outreach, relationships, advocacy and bridging gaps, REACH focuses on reducing harm and supporting healing. REACH provides outreach-based care coordination, multidisciplinary clinical services, and support to access and maintain housing. All services are based in principles of harm reduction that offer respect and dignity to individuals moving through stages of change in their lives.
REACH incorporates a racial equity lens that includes naming the impact and actively dismantling systems of oppression rooted in White Supremacy, while addressing the root causes perpetuating historical trauma and immense suffering in individuals’ lives. We are committed to building a robust behavioral health response that diverts people away from jail by rebuilding community and providing services to ensure those presently marginalized aren’t just surviving, but able to thrive.
REACH offers an array of services ranging from survival support provided where folks are living outside to linkages to essential resources such as housing, assistance to resolve legal issues, health care, entitlements and easily accessible treatment for substance use disorders and mental health conditions.
The REACH Team is passionate about creating a hospitable and welcoming environment for all people while providing quality services on an individually tailored basis to our clientele. REACH values diversity of lived experience, is committed to racial equity and social justice, and appreciates hard work, creativity and a good sense of humor. People who have experienced incarceration are encouraged to apply.
Overview of the RNP and REACH Recovery Navigator Program
The Recovery Navigator Program (RNP) was developed in response to the endorsed Senate Bill 5476 addressing the State versus Blake decision. The intent is to provide social services to individuals who intersect with police because of simple drug possession and/or people who have frequent criminal legal system contact because of unmet behavioral healthcare needs. Recovery Navigator programs should be designed to serve those who cannot, on their own, grab hold of whatever safety-net services might be locally available. Recovery Navigator programs will establish a new system of response and care for people who live with unmanaged behavioral health needs, deep experiences of complex trauma, cognitive disabilities, persistent poverty, and often lifelong experiences of punishment, failure, betrayal, and marginalization—people who are not served by office-based, appointment-based, time-delimited care. Coordination and communication between law enforcement, prosecutors, program staff, medical providers, and community partners is essential to the success of these programs.
Recovery Navigator programs will be based on Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) core principles. Individuals referred to the RNP have the right to decline participation; participation is voluntary and non-coercive. An individual should not be referred to RNP personnel as a condition for compliance with a court sentence or deferred prosecution action. An individual is under no obligation to engage in services if referred by law enforcement, in accordance with RCW 10.31.110. Abstinence from substance use is not a requirement for any aspect of any RNP. The RNP will not utilize compliance monitoring through urinalysis testing or other means to determine abstinence. Services offered may be adjusted depending on individuals’ situations and choices.
The goals of the RNP are to make services available to individuals in areas that are currently underserved and to remove barriers to recovery support services. This program assists individuals with substance use issues in accessing outreach, harm reduction support, SUD treatment, and recovery support services that are low barrier, person centered, informed by people with lived experience, and culturally and linguistically appropriate.
The REACH Recovery Navigator Program (RNP) is a new program that builds upon what REACH has learned providing services through our various outreach, diversion, and care management programs, including our LEAD, Vital, and Reentry programs. As the Recovery Navigator Program is based upon LEAD Core Principles, a description of LEAD is included here.
LEAD (Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion) is a collaborative project involving local police, prosecutors, public defenders, corrections officers and social service providers, designed to divert individuals suspected of or arrested for low-level drug offenses and/or prostitution into social services rather than into the criminal legal system. LEAD is a flexible community-based program designed to provide comprehensive services to adults experiencing behavioral health challenges to support these individuals to achieve improved quality of life and reduce recidivism. Services include outreach and intensive care management, legal assistance, housing placement, and linkage to a variety of community resources. Law enforcement officers divert eligible individuals from the criminal legal system to LEAD care management services at REACH. All services are provided from a Harm Reduction framework, utilizing Motivational Interviewing skills and aligned with Healing-Centered, Trauma Informed Care principles. LEAD partners include police and probation, prosecutors, public defenders, and community representatives.
REACH prioritizes the most vulnerable populations who regularly experience oppression, injustice and multiple barriers to accessing needed care. This position requires a passion for working with the BIPOC community, familiarity with institutional and systemic racism, oppression, poverty and how these injustices affect communities and individual clients. This position requires comfort working with clients who are actively engaged in substance use and may present under the influence of substances or with acute mental health symptoms. Possessing an understanding of behavioral health conditions, advocacy within SUD and mental health treatment systems and an ability to work through and minimize trauma that clients have experienced historically within these systems or may experience again as they begin to access services is critical.
This position will provide direct clinical care to individuals referred to the RNP as well as consultation on issues related to substance use disorders and treatment resources. This position will provide direct substance use disorder assessment, intervention, and linkage to treatment services for RNP clients. This position will provide consultation to REACH staff regarding how to help clients access SUD treatment and other recovery support services. Services will be provided from a harm reduction and healing centered perspective, and will utilize motivational interviewing skills.The SUDP must develop and maintain productive relationships with RNP stakeholders and other community resources including SUD treatment providers and recovery housing operators. The nature of this position is extremely independent, requiring creative thinking, multitasking, time management and organizational skills, and excellent interpersonal conflict resolution skills.
- Provide substance use intervention services for RNP clients.
- Provide outreach to individuals referred to the RNP to explain available services and establish a working relationship.
- Develop rapport through friendly, respectful interaction and responding to questions and concerns presented by referred individuals.
- Assess nature and severity of clients’ substance use/dependency and match clinical interventions to each individual’s stage of change.
- Facilitate linkage to SUD treatment for individuals who are ready and willing to enroll in SUD treatment.
- When appropriate, develop and implement, with the client’s input, an Individualized Service Plan which addresses the client’s stated needs and priorities and focuses on reduction/elimination of harm associated with substance use through self-change methods (e.g. motivational interviewing). Support client attainment of articulated goals.
- Develop and maintain productive working relationships with RNP collaborators and stakeholders, and with community resources in order to provide effective coordination of client care.
- Provide services consistent with ETS/REACH RNP policies and procedures.
- Advocate for clients with other service providers:
- Assist clients with accessing needed SUD and recovery support services, including medical detox and inpatient substance use disorder treatment when indicated.
- Identify gaps and barriers in available community resources and advocate for systemic changes that will facilitate easier access to care for individuals facing the most barriers.
- Participate in regional and local meetings that pertain to the RNP, including LEAD Operational Work Groups and Policy Coordinating Groups.
- Develop and maintain client files and documentation according to contract and state requirements.
- Collect data and prepare reports on activities per agency and contract requirements.
- Local travel on behalf of the Agency is a job requirement.
- Additional duties as assigned.
- Academic training in the social service field and in the area of substance use disorder treatment as required in accordance with the qualifications for a Department of Health licensed Substance Use Disorder Professional as stipulated in the WAC. SUDP/SUDP(T) credentials required.
- A minimum of three years’ experience in work related to social work or outreach programs.
- Experience providing services to individuals who are experiencing homelessness and addiction from a harm reduction perspective is essential.
- Computer literate, with basic knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, as well as a high level of initiative in keeping current with technological change.
- Ability to prioritize workload and activities of self and complete tasks in a timely and efficient manner.
- Dependable, able to work under pressure, receptive to change, willingness to learn, cooperative approach to problem solving.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, clients, and outside contacts from a wide variety of ethnic, socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds; good diplomatic skills.
- Must be able to pass a comprehensive criminal background check.
- Flexible team player.
- Excellent attention to detail.
- Ability to work very independently and seek supervision when appropriate.
- Valid Driver’s license and documented good driving record required.
- Ability to read and interpret general business correspondence, policies and procedures, referral information, financial documentation and applicable government regulations.
- Ability to write business letters, uncomplicated reports, instructions and procedures.
- Ability to present information effectively and respond to questions from clients, staff, referral sources and the general public.
Mathematical Skills and Reasoning Ability
- Thorough knowledge of and ability to apply business arithmetic skills accurately and rapidly.
- Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where standardization may be limited. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, schedule or diagram format.
- Basic math skills.
- The employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms and talk or hear; frequently required to stand, walk and kneel; occasionally to climb balance, or stoop; rarely to crouch or crawl.
- The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close, color and peripheral vision and the ability to adjust focus. The noise level in the work environment is moderate.
- Computer, photocopier, fax machine, cell phone, and use of the program vehicle.
FTE Salary $70,000-$73,000