MESA Volunteer Sexual Assault Advocate
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Job Description: Mental Health Partners MESA Volunteer Advocate
Title: MESA Volunteer Advocate
Supervised by: Hotline Supervisor, MESA/MHP
Time Required: On-call 30 hours total each month; two evening meetings (per month); paperwork
Training Provided: minimum 40 hours of multidisciplinary training by MESA/MHP
1. General Duties and Responsibilities:
This is a volunteer/unpaid position through Mental Health Partners and MESA. Volunteers must first pass a background check before volunteering as an advocate. Volunteer advocates commit to staffing a 24-hour crisis/in-person response line to provide in-person crisis intervention, emotional support, legal and medical advocacy, information, and referrals for survivors of sexual violence, their friends, and family.
- 2. Specific Tasks
- Provide in-person response for survivors of sexual violence, their friends and family.
- Supply immediate emotional support, information and referrals to sexual assault survivors and their significant others.
- Act as an advocate for the client during law enforcement investigations; the criminal justice process; courtroom appearances; and medical procedures, including evidence exam.
Definition of Duties:
- Be on-call during assigned shifts, a minimum of 30 hours a month
- Provide emotional support, information and referrals to sexual assault clients and their loved ones.
- Collaborate with other agencies (law enforcement, hospital personnel, etc.) to benefit clients and coordinate care.
- Provide thorough and appropriate follow-up, support, and referral services, as needed for each client.
- Protect the confidentiality of all clients, except when mandatory reporting applies, and to provide counseling according to generally accepted ethical principles.
- Complete all MESA paperwork and data collection within 48 hours of the end of the on-call shift.
- Follow the MESA Fundamental Guidelines.
- Attend all required monthly team and supervision group meetings. Monthly meetings are 1 ½ hours the first Thursday of each month. Supervision groups meet once a month for 2 hours.
- Communicate with staff about scheduling conflicts or changes.
- Ensure clients are aware of the Victim’s Rights legislation that entitles them to be informed, present and heard at critical stages of the criminal justice process.
We'll work with your schedule.
1455 Dixon AveLafayette, CO 80026
- Mental Health
- Patient Care
- Counseling / Mental Health
- Crisis Counseling
- Law Enforcement
- Driver's License Needed
- Background Check
- Must be at least 18
- Orientation or Training