Wellness Advocate Supervisor
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Wellness Advocate Supervisor

The Fund for Public Health in New York City (FPHNYC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is dedicated to the advancement of the health and well-being of all New Yorkers. To this end, in partnership with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), FPHNYC incubates innovative public health initiatives implemented by DOHMH to advance community health throughout the city. It facilitates partnerships, often new and unconventional, between government and the private sector to develop, test, and launch new initiatives. These collaborations speed the execution of demonstration projects, effect expansion of successful pilot programs, and support rapid implementation to meet the public health needs of individuals, families, and communities across New York City.


The Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Use Prevention, Care and Treatment (BADUPCT) works to reduce morbidity and mortality related to alcohol and substance use among New Yorkers through contracting and oversight of prevention treatment, harm reduction, and recovery and support services; policy analysis and development epidemiology, surveillance, and evaluation; development and dissemination of treatment and management guidelines; harm reduction initiatives; public and provider outreach and education; and community involvement and interagency collaboration.


The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Division of Mental Hygiene, seeks a temporary full-time Wellness Advocate Supervisor for its nonfatal overdose response system called Relay, an initiative providing 24/7 support to individuals transported to hospital emergency departments (EDs) following a non-fatal opioid overdose. Wellness Advocates visit patients in the ED to provide immediate support and overdose prevention training following an overdose event and offer ongoing support and linkage to care for three months following hospital discharge. We work to ensure that all people who use drugs have an equal opportunity to achieve their full health potential.


  • Provide clinical and administrative supervision to overnight and weekend Wellness Advocates in their role supporting patients following a non-fatal opioid overdose.
  • Utilize the program's database to monitor Wellness Advocates' cases to maintain quality decision making, quality assurance and documentation. Support internal program auditing activities.
  • Participate in Relays robust recruitment effort, including reviewing resumes, screening and interviewing candidates, hiring, orienting and on-boarding new Wellness Advocates.
  • Help to conduct new-hire and ongoing trainings for Wellness Advocates responding to non-fatal overdoses.
  • Conduct site visits and provide trainings about Relay to hospital emergency departments, community-based partners, and other related sites across the five boroughs.
  • Assist in the development of policies and protocols, program materials, and presentations for program activities.
  • Participate in the execution of the program's research protocol and evaluation plan.
  • Work collaboratively with other Relay and BADUPCT staff to support the goals and mission of the program and agency.
  • Support program and service expansion through strategic program planning and implementation with Relay and ED leadership.



  • Education: Masters degree in Social Work or Mental Health Counseling. LMSW/LCSW/LMHC and CASAC a plus.
  • Previous experience with individuals with substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders including working with impoverished communities whose members are at high risk for chronic health conditions
  • Previous supervisory experience.
  • Experience with providing Evidence Based Models


  • Experience working with and/or supervising peers
  • Knowledge of substance use, harm reduction, and drug treatment resources
  • Commitment to racial and health equity, recovery, as well as recovery-oriented and trauma-informed services
  • Excellent interpersonal and verbal and written communication skills is essential: strong organizational skills.
  • Proficiency with computer and electronic health records, and Microsoft Word applications including Office, Word, Excel and Access.


$80,000/year. FPHNYC offers a comprehensive benefits package. The salary range for this position is commensurate with experience.


There is potential for this position to transition to DOHMH and therefore candidates must meet DOHMH eligibility requirement including NYC residency. The incumbent must be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, unless they have been granted a reasonable accommodation for religion or disability. If you are offered the position, this requirement must be met by your date of hire, unless a reasonable accommodation for exemption is received and approved by the hiring agency.


To apply, send Resume, with Cover Letter, including how your experience relates to this position. We ask that you do not contact our staff directly and no phone inquiries please. Applicants who best match the position needs will be contacted.

The Fund for Public Health in New York City is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages a diverse pool of candidates to apply.