The Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Use Prevention, Care and Treatment (BADUPCT) works to close gaps and reduce overall morbidity and mortality related to alcohol and substance use among New Yorkers. BADUPCT develops, implements and evaluates interventions and prevention strategies through contracting of treatment, recovery and support services; policy analysis and development; epidemiology and surveillance; dissemination of treatment and management guidelines; harm reduction initiatives; public and provider outreach and education and; community involvement and interagency collaboration. The Bureau amplifies the voices of those most impacted and focuses on inequitable structural, social, service, and communication factors that drive disparities.

Job Description:
The Treatment Initiatives Coordinator will research best practices related to new initiatives and quality improvement (QI) projects in partnership with substance use disorder (SUD) treatment and prevention programs in NYC to bridge the gap between research and practice. This position will be responsible for identifying methods for evaluating the impact of racial bias and income on treatment access and quality. This position will also research best methodologies for implementing best practices into treatment settings and utilize service and Medicaid claims data to measure program effectiveness in delivering best practices.
Example initiatives include: expansion of medication for addiction treatment for adolescents and transition age youth with opioid use disorders, integration of tobacco treatment services into SUD treatment; improving access to the full range of medications for addiction to stigmatized populations, including BIPOC (black, indigenous and people of color); piloting of outcome measures at SUD programs and researching SUD treatment coverage in the private insurance market. The Coordinator will manage projects, coordinate QI initiatives, research and review treatment models and policy, support data collection and assist with evaluation of new initiatives and QI projects.

Under direction from the Director of Care Innovation and Quality Improvement, the Treatment Initiatives Coordinator will perform the following tasks:

– Research and critically evaluate innovative care models for opioid treatment for adolescents and transitional-aged youth and other initiatives as assigned; summarize scientific findings and disseminate to staff and providers.

– Support continuing expansion of opioid treatment for adolescents and transitional-aged youth and other innovation projects to improve service delivery operations.

– Support an internal workgroup focusing on youth and adolescent issues to incubate workshop projects and communication materials.

– Research and evaluate factors impacting racial disparities in the care and treatment of substance disorders and social determinants of health/recovery capital to support long term recovery.

– Identify and leverage existing data sources to evaluate program performance.

– Assist with the development, review and innovation of treatment and financing policy as related to the behavioral health Medicaid Redesign in New York State, in particular child and family services.

– Support data collection and assist with evaluation of new initiatives and QI projects.

– Serve as a bridge between subject matter experts and provider learning collaboratives.

– Provide technical assistance and support QI initiatives for providers to adapt and implement best practices (for example, integration of tobacco cessation services into SUD treatment and other best practices).

– Prepare program reports as required.

– Work closely and coordinate with other units in BADUPCT.

About New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

We're one of the largest public health agencies in the world, serving 8 million New Yorkers from diverse ethnic, cultural and economic backgrounds. With over 200 years of leadership in the field, we're also one of our nation's oldest public health agencies. Our work is broad ranging. You see us in the inspection grades of most every dining establishment, the licenses that dogs both great and small wear in open park spaces, the low to no-cost health clinics in your neighborhoods, and the birth certificates received for newborns. We're also behind the scenes with our disease detectives, investigating suspicious clusters of illnesses. Our epidemiologists, studying the patterns, causes, and effects of health and disease conditions in New York City neighborhoods, shaping its public health policy decisions and preventative healthcare agenda. The challenges we face are many. They range from obesity, diabetes and heart disease to HIV/AIDS, tobacco, addiction and substance abuse, and the threat of bioterrorism. Racial and ethnic health disparities - most notably in underserved communities with limited to no resources - have proven poorer health outcomes. Health inequity is a priority for this agency, and we are making every effort to close the gap. The New York City Health Department is tackling these issues with innovative policies and programs, and getting exceptional results.