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Greenville County Behavioral Health VISTA
Are you ready to help alleviate poverty and make a huge and lasting impact on the lives of residents of Upstate South Carolina? In 2017, the Greenville County Behavioral Health VISTA program launched to take the area's behavioral health services to the next level, thereby increasing access to care across the county. South Carolina ranks a dismal 49th in how successfully residents can access formal mental health care services. A recent assessment of low-income adults indicated that a lack of access to behavioral health services is one of the greatest concerns in Greenville County. The death rate due to suicide is higher in the county than in the state and the nation. And, unfortunately, the county's number of opioid-related deaths far exceed the national average with the problem continuing to grow; from 2016 to 2017, the number of deaths due to such overdoses increased by 60%. In the third year of the GCBH VISTA Program, VISTAs will each work at one of a minimum of five sites to expand anti-poverty programming and increase its capacity to serve more individuals needing access to behavioral health services. Greenville, South Carolina continues to receive national and international recognition for its southern charm, opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts, arts scene, sports culture, and cuisine. In 2019, Expedia named it as one of its 19 Must-See Cites. Greenville has been lauded by The New York Times as one of the 52 cities in the world to visit, by USA Today as one of the ten best emerging destinations, and as one of America’s ten best downtowns for its combination of revitalized commercial and park space. Greenville is located at the base of the Blue Ridge mountains.
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Member Duties : The work of GCBH VISTAs is meant to alleviate poverty by increasing access to mental health- and substance misuse-(focusing on opioids) related services. GCBH VISTAs spend approximately 37-40 hours at their respective sites while also working each week on a community project connected to a community coalition of behavioral health providers. The work of each GCBH VISTA focuses on one or more of the following: Social Media/Marketing Management; Fundraising; Developing/Modifying Programs to Increase Access to Care; Partnership-Building; Improving Volunteer Recruitment or Management Systems; and/or Program or Community Assessment.
Program Benefits : housing stipend $600 or more, gym ,  Health Coverage* ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Housing ,  Stipend ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Living Allowance ,  Education award upon successful completion of service ,  Training ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend . 
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Terms :
Car recommended . 
Service Areas :
Community Outreach ,  Health . 
Skills :
Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Recruitment ,  Leadership ,  Veterans ,  Team Work ,  Social Services ,  Writing/Editing ,  Communications ,  Youth Development ,  Medicine ,  Counseling ,  General Skills ,  Community Organization ,  Public Health ,  Business/Entrepreneur ,  Disaster Services ,  Non-Profit Management ,  Computers/Technology ,  Conflict Resolution ,  Public Speaking . 
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AmeriCorps VISTA

Greenville County Behavioral Health VISTA

Program Start/End Date
07/08/2019  -   07/06/2020

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations SOUTH CAROLINA  

Accepting Applications
From  11/15/2018  To  06/21/2019 

Contact Susan Haire
429 N Main St
Greenville   SC   29601
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 79054