Network of Neighbors Responder, City of Philadelphia

Posted by Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services on March 31, 2020

The mission of the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services is to educate, strengthen, and serve individuals and communities so that all Philadelphians can thrive. This is accomplished through an emphasis on recovery and resilience-focused behavioral health services, as well as an emphasis on self-determination for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Our goal is to help individuals realize their goals and attain the highest quality of life possible. We work with persons recovering from mental health and/or substance use, individuals with intellectual disabilities, families, and service providers to ensure that high quality services are accessible, effective and appropriate. We are committed to developing a system of care that is data-driven, employs evidence-based practices, promotes cultural competence and eliminates health care disparities.

Job Description

The Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS) Trauma and Resilience Unit works to plan and prepare for emergencies; educates the public and staff regarding emergency preparedness and trauma-informed approaches to support communities; and coordinates trauma-informed responses throughout the city. The unit develops tools, identifies resources DBHIDS as it supports overall preparedness and response capacity of the City of Philadelphia to a variety of traumatic incidences. Candidates for this position should possess a strong desire to work in a team-oriented, fast-paced, professional public health environment. The successful candidate for this position will be primarily responsible for assisting with growing and shaping the DBHIDS community initiative, the Network of Neighbors Responding to Violence. This position requires flexibility with scheduling and the ability to work beyond the standard workday and weekends. Network of Neighbors Responding to Violence is a network of trained individuals who are called on to support communities throughout the City of Philadelphia after violent and traumatic incidents. The Network of Neighbors provides a safe space for the facilitation of structured conversations for the impacted community to discuss their reactions to the traumatic incident. This position may also assist with the development, strategic planning, implementation and evaluation of an integrated preparedness and response program to support the response to emergency incidents in Philadelphia. This can involve supporting the unit when citywide disaster response and behavioral health supports are requested.

Essential Functions

  • Participating in Network of Neighbors Training to facilitate responses;
  • Gaining subject matter expertise in the area of disaster response and recovery to support the Trauma Response and Emergency Preparedness Unit;
  • Developing partnerships with stakeholders from local, state, and federal government;
  • Developing partnerships with community-based organizations, non-profits, and private entities;
  • Facilitating communication and coordination between agencies involved in emergency response under the direction of the Director of Trauma Response and Emergency Preparedness and The Network of Neighbors Clinical Coordinator;
  • Communicates and corresponds with the Network responders about deployment and responses;
  • Assist with scheduling and coordination of quarterly responder meetings;
  • Collect data and outcomes for external and internal development;
  • Maintains Network responders files and documentation;
  • Assist with organizing trainings and conducting presentations related to Trauma Response and Emergency Preparedness;
  • Assist with developing the Networks presence in the community via advertising, email listserve for Network Responder, social media, attending community meetings, and networking;
  • Performing other task assigned.

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