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Classification: .8 FTE
Hours/Shifts: 30 hours/ week
Must be available Days, Evenings & Weekends
Compensation: 21.52/hr + Shift Differential
Reports to: Executive Director
Posting Date: July 9, 2018
Closing Date: July 19, 2018
The Mental Health Outreach Worker is a community-based role providing support to individuals who are homeless or at risk of homelessness to access appropriate community supports, including access to income support and housing. The Mental Health Outreach Worker will be working with the Methadone Clinic to provide support & counselling to our clients.
Typical Duties and Responsibilities
• Build relationships with clients and act as their advocate when needed
• Connect clients with community services including, but not limited to, housing searches, mental health services, food bank, job search, income assistance, PWD completion, and more
• Build partnerships with fellow service providers including, but not limited to, RCMP, Fire, MCFD, Mental Health, RMH, Caring Place, Rain City, Alouette Heights, and more
• Build relationships and professional service agreements with landlords, home owners, and supported living services
• Complete weekly database updated of the BC Housing database
• Attend weekly staff meetings
• Ensure all client information is kept confidential and that client files are up to date and complete
• Promote harm reduction model of care
• Assist in training or providing direction to volunteers, staff and practicum students;
• Collaborate and liaise with other professionals and community service organizations as needed;
• Attend work related in-services and staff meetings as required;
• Provide screening and orientation services to individual’s regarding their own or someone else’s substance misuse.
• Complete initial and/or comprehensive assessment using therapeutically sound and approved clinical instruments.
• Initiate referrals and complete aftercare service with individuals and/or collateral service providers.
• Visit clients outside of the office setting when appropriate & approved by your supervisor.
• Receive and screen referrals from various sources;
• Monitor and maintain program budget, ensuring spending falls within approved levels;
• BA in Mental Health or Human/Social Services, from an approved post-secondary school. Experience must be directly related to providing counselling/treatment of substance use.
• Valid First Aid and CPR;
• Approved Criminal Record Check;
• Possession of a valid BC class 5 driver’s license and use of a personal vehicle during working hours;
• FULL availability
Skills & Abilities:
• Ability to assess, plan, organize, implement, evaluate and problem-solve.
• Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing with clients, families, staff and community agency personnel.
• Demonstrated ability to organize and prioritize workload in a complex environment.
• Ability to educate and provide consultation to clients, families and healthcare professionals.
• Ability to make effective referrals, reflecting in-depth knowledge of community resources and strong collaborative skills in working with community health.
• Proficiency in the use of personal computers, including related word processing and database management software applications.
• The ability to create trusting relationships with homeless, or at risk of homelessness people, in order to help them gain access to the individual supports they need to improve their lives;
• Experience in general advocacy including applying for MSD benefits and landlord negotiations;
• Ability to work as part of a team, maintaining honest, direct and respectful working relationships, as well as being able to work independently
• Physical ability to carry out the duties of the position.
• Knowledge and skill working with individuals who are chemically dependent and those who care for them.
• Excellence in counselling skills, clinical assessment skills and report writing.
• Ability to apply all ranges of treatment approaches for chemical dependency from abstinence to harm reduction.
• Knowledge of community health agencies and other available services.
To apply: Please submit resume before closing date.
No phone calls please. We would like to thank everyone that applies, but only those short-listed will be contacted.
Published at Mon, 09 Jul 2018 23:07:24 +0000