The Drug Endangered Children Specialist will assist in coordinating training and data collection efforts associated with Arkansas’s Maltreatment and Drug Endangered Children Initiative (DEC). This program benefits children and families in our state who are impacted by illicit drug activities each year. This initiative is focused on developing a sustainable, effective and efficient evidence-based drug endangered children program for Arkansas. Helping drug affected children and their families break the cycle of child and drug abuse will contribute to enhancing the quality of life and the future of our children in local communities across the state. The DEC Specialist performs liaison functions with DEC counties, assists with other grant projects within the department as needed, and assists in the management of course offerings, records, and student enrollment for assigned programs.
The Community Services Liaison will assist in the implementation of all activities associated with the Prescription Drug Overdose (PDO) Program. The purpose of the PDO Program is to reduce the number of prescription drug/opioid overdose-related deaths and adverse events among individuals 18 year of age and older by training first responders and other key community sectors on the prevention of prescription drug/opioid overdose-related deaths and implementing secondary prevention strategies, including the purchase and distribution of Naloxone to first responders. The Community Services Liaison will assist in the development of an Advisory Council in each of the high need communities identified by the State Advisory Council and conduct community outreach to ensure maximum program participation and promote the project. This person will also provide technical assistance to the local advisory councils to develop the skills and knowledge of program participants through trainings on the strategic prevention framework process, opioid overdose prevention, health literacy, and expectations for grant activities and will assist with the development of a community coalition summit.
More information about each position is available online.
Both positions will remain open until filled.