Community Prevention Specialist

Oakland Community Health Network - Troy, MI

30+ days agoFull-time

Community Prevention Specialist


The Community Prevention Specialist (CPS) acts to effectively address behavioral health problems (including mental health, substance use, co-occurring conditions and other behavioral health issues) as a team member in a public health care setting. This entails working cooperatively with the medical and social work team to perform screening, brief intervention/ health education, early intervention, referral to treatment, patient follow up as well as providing educational opportunities for clinicians/other staff. The CPS participates as an OCHN SUD Service Network Team member under the SUD Administrator and reports to the Behavioral Health Director at Oakland Integrated Health Care Network (OIHN.) The (CPS) is responsible for the implementation of the Best Practice referred to as Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT.)

Essential Functions:

  • Screening – Implement and/ or act upon the results of a validated screening tool to identify the appropriate level of services needed based on the patient’s risk level. Patients who indicate little or no risky behavior and have a low screening score may not need an intervention
  • Brief Intervention- Provide patients who have moderate risky behaviors and/or reach a moderate threshold on the screening instrument with a brief intervention.
  • Referral to Treatment: Provide referral to treatment or further diagnostic assessment to patients whose risk level score is high
  • Health Education: Provide an educational intervention and/ or resources for patients with other behavioral health- related problems like experimenting with substance use or tobacco use
  • Collaboration- Act to effectively address behavioral health problems of patients as a team member working, attending staff meetings and providing consultation to staff as needed
  • Report writing- Track patient interaction(s) and follow up encounters as required by OIHN/OCHN
  • Other duties as assigned.

Working Requirements:

  • A working knowledge of Substance Use Disorders/ Addiction.
  • Must have basic knowledge/training in health education areas of wellness (tobacco cessation, nutrition, stress reduction, and weight management).
  • Must have or be willing to acquire formal training in Motivational Interviewing (MI) within two (2) months of hire.
  • Must have knowledge of the principles of risk reduction and stages of change model.


  • Cultural competence in working with diverse populations
  • Must be capable of delivering service/education in a trauma informed manner.
  • Must be able to interface professionally with health care team, patients, and the general public.
  • Must possess excellent report writing and verbal skills /basic computer skills.
  • Proficiency in Spanish preferred.

Core Competencies:

  • Interacting with others in a way that gives them confidence in one’s intentions and those of the organization; maintaining social, ethical, and organizational norms; firmly adhering to codes of conduct and ethical principles. (Integrity/Building Trust)
  • Making customers and their needs a primary focus of one’s actions; developing and sustaining productive customer relationships, recognizing that the ultimate customer is the consumer. (Customer Focus)
  • Actively identifying new areas for learning; regularly creating and taking advantage of learning opportunities; using newly gained knowledge and skill on the job and learning through their application. (Continuous Learning)
  • Setting high standards of performance for self and others; assuming responsibility and accountability for successfully completing assignments or tasks; self-imposing standards of excellence in addition to consciously adopting organizational standards of excellence. (Work Standards)
  • Clearly conveying information and ideas through a variety of media to individuals or groups in a manner that engages the audience and helps them understand and retain the message. (Communication).

Special Information:

  • Must have available means of transportation to and from OCHN and for required offsite meetings or site visits.
  • Must be available for Board meetings and other required events which may occur outside of standard office hours.
  • Work performed primarily in an office environment.
  • This position is funded by the Mental Health Block Grant. This position will be funded for the duration of the availability of funding.


Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $48,814.00 /year


  • Human Service: 1 year (Required)


  • Bachelor's (Required)


  • MCBAP Certification-CADC, CAADC, CCIP-R, CCDP, or CCDP-D (Required)