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JOB POSTING

Posting number: LICHOU – CAS POSITION: Mental Health Worker

Casual

WORK SITE: Various in the Licensed Housing Division UNIONS: HEU – MPA Certification

HEU – Tamarack Certification BCGEU

SALARY RANGE: $20.11 - $21.83

Availability: Applicants must be available to accept casual shifts for blocks of work, overnights, as well as weekends.

Job Details: Please refer to the job descriptions listed below for the details of the positions. Qualifications: Please refer to the job descriptions listed below for the qualifications and

education that is required for the positions.

** All employment is subject to a satisfactory result from a criminal record check done through the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General.

Please send cover letters and resumes to hr@mpa-society.org siting the posting number. Please note that only those selected for interviews will be contacted. Thank you for your interest.

JOB DESCRIPTION – BATTEN HOUSE MHW JOB DESCRIPTION – MERIDIAN VILLAGE MHW JOB DESCRIPTION – LICENSED HOUSING MHW JOB DESCRIPTION – SOPHIA HOUSE MHW JOB DESCRIPTION - HALL TOWERS MHW

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JOB DESCRIPTION – BATTEN HOUSE MHW

POSITION: Mental Health Worker

REPORTS TO: Batten Coordinator & Director of Licensed Housing UNION: HEU – MPA Certification

GRID LEVEL: 10

SUMMARY

The Mental Health Worker must be committed to the mission and philosophy of the MPA Society as well as the principles and practice of Psychosocial Rehabilitation and harm reduction strategies. This commitment is demonstrated through utilization of the principles and approaches of PSR along with harm reduction

strategies focused on development of partnerships, expansion of a base of best practice knowledge and a strong commitment to the concept and encouragement of self-empowerment.

The Mental Health Worker must demonstrate the beliefs, personality, temperament, flexibility and adaptability required to work in an enhanced supported housing environment.

The Mental Health Worker will provide a range of support services to program participants with complex mental health and addictions issues.

FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Organizes, participates and works collaboratively with program participants and other community partners in the development of life skills as part of a recovery plan including but not limited to:

A. Personal Growth and Development

 Development of a recovery plan in collaboration with the program participants

 Medication management

 Conflict resolution skill development

 Grooming and hygiene

 Development of budgeting and money management skills B. Community Integration

 Job/volunteer placements

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 Menu planning

 Grocery shopping

 Meal preparation

1. Participates in the admission, discharge and transfer of program participants.

2. Responsible for the activities involved in the daily operation of the enhanced supported housing program including monitoring and ensuring the safety of program participants.

3. Provides a range of services for each participant including recovery planning, linking the participants with on-going community resources relevant to their particular situation, health services including both physical and mental health, substance abuse, and income assistance and provides advocacy on behalf of the participant when necessary.

4. Performs crisis intervention services including assessment of mental health decompensation, suicidality, physical health crises and seeks relevant emergency services when required.

5. Reports all crises and critical incidents to the Program Coordinator and in the Coordinators absence reports all crises and critical incidents to the Operational Director.

6. Communicates clearly, effectively and respectfully with all program participants, staff and community partners.

7. Actively participates in building a skilled, cohesive, collaborative staff team including commitment and dedication to MPA Society mission, philosophy value and belief statements.

8. Actively participates in the resolving of interpersonal conflict and assisting in orienting, training and mentoring of all staff.

9. Performs other duties as required and assigned.

EDUCATION, TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE

1. Completion of a diploma or degree in community social services/mental health with two years of recent related work experience with an emphasis on mental health, addictions, supported housing and or an acceptable combination of education and experience.

2. Working knowledge of psychosocial rehabilitation principles and the ability and willingness to work within its philosophy, concurrent disorders and the harm reduction model of recovery.

3. Ability to operate all related equipment including computer literacy. 4. Ability to carry out the physical demands of the position.

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6. Certification in Non-Violent Crisis Intervention is preferred.

7. Knowledge of local community resources available to program participants that will assist them in all areas of their lives. This includes but is not limited to medical, economic, housing, social recreation, and vocational.

8. Knowledge of psychotropic medications and accompanying therapeutic and side-effects.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES

1. Ability to organize, prioritize and problem solve.

2. Ability to establish and maintain rapport with program participants.

3. Ability to observe and recognize psychiatric and medical and psychiatric status changes in program participants.

4. A good understanding of the issues facing persons with mental illness and addictions issues. 5. Excellent communication skills both verbal and written.

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JOB DESCRIPTION – MERIDIAN VILLAGE MHW

POSITION: Mental Health Worker

REPORTS TO: Program, Coordinator & Director of Licensed Housing UNION: HEU – MPA Certification

GRID LEVEL: 10

SUMMARY

The Mental Health Worker must be committed to the mission and philosophy of the MPA Society as well as the principles and practice of Psychosocial Rehabilitation and harm reduction strategies. This commitment is demonstrated through utilization of the principles and approaches of PSR along with harm reduction

strategies focused on development of partnerships, expansion of a base of best practice knowledge and a strong commitment to the concept and encouragement of self-empowerment.

The Mental Health Worker must demonstrate the beliefs, personality, temperament, flexibility and adaptability required to work in an enhanced supported housing environment.

The Mental Health Worker will provide a range of support services to program participants with complex mental health and addictions issues.

FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Organizes, participates and works collaboratively with program participants and other community partners in the development of life skills as part of a recovery plan including but not limited to:

D. Personal Growth and Development

 Development of a recovery plan in collaboration with the program participants

 Medication management

 Conflict resolution skill development

 Grooming and hygiene

 Development of budgeting and money management skills E. Community Integration

 Job/volunteer placements

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F. Food Service

 Menu planning

 Grocery shopping

 Meal preparation

1. Participates in the admission, discharge and transfer of program participants.

2. Responsible for the activities involved in the daily operation of the enhanced supported housing program including monitoring and ensuring the safety of program participants.

3. Provides a range of services for each participant including recovery planning, linking the participants with on-going community resources relevant to their particular situation, health services including both physical and mental health, substance abuse, and income assistance and provides advocacy on behalf of the participant when necessary.

4. Performs crisis intervention services including assessment of mental health decompensation, suicidality, physical health crises and seeks relevant emergency services when required.

5. Reports all crises and critical incidents to the Program Coordinator and in the Coordinators absence reports all crises and critical incidents to the Operational Director.

6. Communicates clearly, effectively and respectfully with all program participants, staff and community partners.

7. Actively participates in building a skilled, cohesive, collaborative staff team including commitment and dedication to MPA Society mission, philosophy value and belief statements.

8. Actively participates in the resolving of interpersonal conflict and assisting in orienting, training and mentoring of all staff.

9. Performs other duties as required and assigned.

EDUCATION, TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE

1. Completion of a diploma or degree in community social services/mental health with two years of recent related work experience with an emphasis on mental health, addictions, supported housing and or an acceptable combination of education and experience.

2. Working knowledge of psychosocial rehabilitation principles and the ability and willingness to work within its philosophy, concurrent disorders and the harm reduction model of recovery.

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5. Certificates in first aid, CPR, Food Safe, WHIMIS and a Class 5 unrestricted BC Drivers License. 6. Certification in Non-Violent Crisis Intervention is preferred.

7. Knowledge of local community resources available to program participants that will assist them in all areas of their lives. This includes but is not limited to medical, economic, housing, social recreation, and vocational.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES

1. Ability to organize, prioritize and problem solve.

2. Ability to establish and maintain rapport with program participants.

3. Ability to observe and recognize psychiatric and medical status changes in program participants.

4. A good understanding of the issues facing persons that are homeless complicated by mental illness and addictions issues.

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JOB DESCRIPTION – LICENSED HOUSING MHW

POSITION: Mental Health Worker GRID LEVEL: 10

REPORTS TO: Nurse Manager & Director of Licensed Housing UNION: HEU – MPA Certification

HEU – Tamarack Certification BCGEU

SUMMARY

The Mental Health Worker must have the personality, temperament and competence to work with residents in a licensed care environment. The incumbent should be well motivated and have the ability to motivate others. This position requires shift work and under direction assists residents with activities of daily living and generally does role modeling in a manner that will maintain and respect the spirit, dignity and individuality of others. Care for residents and the facility comes under the supervision of the Manager of Care.

QUALIFICATIONS

To perform the job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representing the knowledge, skills and ability needed.

1. High School Diploma or General Education Degree (GED).

2. Mental Health Worker Certificate from a recognized college/university in social/behavioral science. 3. Food Hygiene Certificate/Community Care Food Handlers Certificate.

4. Two years related experience.

5. Emergency Firs Aid Certificate/C.P.R. Certificate. 6. Current Driver’s License.

7. Medical Certification of capability of carrying out assigned duties.

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SKILLS AND ABILITIES

1. Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating/maintenance instructions and procedure manuals.

2. Ability to write routine reports and correspond proficiently.

3. Ability to apply common sense, understanding and carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form.

4. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

While other duties may be assigned, main duties and responsibilities include the following: 1. Under direction, to assists residents with activities of daily living.

2. Recommend and participate in developing meaningful, realistic and measurable individual care plans. 3. To assess, monitor and record residents’ needs and progress on a daily basis and/or as needed. 4. Encourage an atmosphere of independence, self-reliance and mutual accord by role modeling,

teaching and training. Areas to be addressed are daily life skills, money management, making and keeping appointments and other related duties as they arise.

5. To plan, implement and evaluate social and recreational programs in the facility and encouraging participation in the community events as directed.

6. Administer medications and treatments in accordance with the Pharmacy Policies, standards and philosophy. Assess impact of medications by documenting impressions.

7. Ensure safety in the work place in accordance with the Workers’ Compensation Board standards and regulations.

8. Assist with orientation of new staff and residents.

9. Assist residents and co-workers with house cleaning on a daily, weekly, monthly and annual basis. 10. Prepare, cook and serve meals in accordance with Food Safe Standards and weekly posted menu.

Monitor food supplies by listing needed items and rotating supplies.

11. Perform yard maintenance by raking and bagging leaves, shoveling snow and salting sidewalks as required.

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JOB DESCRIPTION – SOPHIA HOUSE MHW

POSITION: Mental Health Worker GRID LEVEL: 10

REPORTS TO: Nurse Manager & Director of Licensed Housing

UNION: BCGEU

JOB SUMMARY

The Mental Health Worker must have the personality, temperament and competence to work with residents in a licensed care environment. The incumbent should be well motivated and have the ability to motivate others. The position determines appropriate care to meet individual needs and participates in case planning with clients and/or health care providers by performing such duties as interviewing clients to identify problems and needs, obtaining required information from a variety of sources such as families and care providers, document client needs and wants, and assisting clients to determine appropriate needs. The position assists residents with activities of daily living and generally does role modeling in a manner that will maintain and respect the spirit, dignity and individuality of others. Care for residents and the facility comes under the supervision of the Manager of Care.

QUALIFICATIONS

To perform the job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representing the knowledge, skills and ability needed.

1. High School Diploma or General Education Degree (GED).

2. Mental Health Worker Certificate from a recognized college/university in social/behavioral science. 3. Food Hygiene Certificate/Community Care Food Handlers Certificate.

4. Two years related experience.

5. Emergency Firs Aid Certificate/C.P.R. Certificate. 6. Current Driver’s License.

7. Medical Certification of capability of carrying out assigned duties.

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SKILLS AND ABILITIES

1. Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating/maintenance instructions and procedure manuals.

2. Ability to write routine reports and correspond proficiently.

3. Ability to apply common sense, understanding and carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form.

4. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

While other duties may be assigned, main duties and responsibilities include the following: 1. Under direction, to assists residents with activities of daily living.

2. Recommend and participate in developing meaningful, realistic and measurable individual care plans. 3. To assess, monitor and record residents’ needs and progress on a daily basis and/or as needed. 4. Encourage an atmosphere of independence, self-reliance and mutual accord by role modeling,

teaching and training. Areas to be addressed are daily life skills, money management, making and keeping appointments and other related duties as they arise.

5. To plan, implement and evaluate social and recreational programs in the facility and encouraging participation in the community events as directed.

6. Administer medications and treatments in accordance with the Pharmacy Policies, standards and philosophy. Assess impact of medications by documenting impressions.

7. Ensure safety in the work place in accordance with the Workers’ Compensation Board standards and regulations.

8. Assist with orientation of new staff and residents.

9. Assist residents and co-workers with house cleaning on a daily, weekly, monthly and annual basis. 10. Prepare, cook and serve meals in accordance with Food Safe Standards and weekly posted menu.

Monitor food supplies by listing needed items and rotating supplies.

11. Perform yard maintenance by raking and bagging leaves, shoveling snow and salting sidewalks as required.

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JOB DESCRIPTION - HALL TOWERS MHW

POSITION: Mental Health Worker GRID LEVEL: 10

UNION: HEU – MPA Certification

REPORTS TO: Program Coordinator & Director of Licensed Housing

JOB SUMMARY:

Working in and from the worksite, the Mental Health Worker provides assistance, support and basic skill training to tenants in their living environment while encouraging independence, self responsibility, and healthy lifestyle choices.

The Mental Health Worker provides services through identification, coordination and facilitation of available community resources. These resources may include referral to community mental health services, referral to medical health services and connection to other housing services.

FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

a. Participates in case planning with program participants and/or healthcare providers by performing duties such as interviewing program participants to identify problems and needs, obtaining required information from a variety of sources such as families and care providers, documenting program participant needs and wants, and assisting program participants to determine appropriate programs. b. Advocates for program participants by problem solving in areas such as landlord-tenant disputes,

financial assistance, accessing community resources, and obtaining volunteer or work placements. c. Observes program participants, identifies and assesses potential emergency situations, and develops

short-term strategies to deal with such situations. Reports medical, behavioral, and other problems as required. Provides feedback and input regarding program participants’ needs, performance, and progress.

d. Provides supportive feedback, demonstrations, modeling, and behavior management to program participants, their families, and their personal networks, to assist with the development of physical, social, emotional, and life skills such as maintaining personal hygiene, housekeeping, meal planning and preparation, meeting financial obligations, making and keeping appointments, and interpersonal skills.

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g. Identifies available social, economic, recreational, and educational services and resources in the community that will meet program participants’ needs. Provides program participants with related information.

h. Facilitates program participants’ physical, recreational, educational, and employment needs by performing duties such as arranging for program participants to be transported to programs/services, assisting program participants to attend appointments, and implementing programs.

i. Carries out administrative transactions such as petty cash, program participant accounts, collecting rents and money from program participants for personal items, completing forms and making deposits and withdrawals.

j. Completes and maintains related records and documentation such as care plans, progress reports, statistics, and daily logs.

k. Ensures the maintenance, cleanliness, and safety of programs and residence. Contacts outside contractors for maintenance work as required. Ensures the residence’s inventory of supplies is maintained by performing duties such as contacting outside suppliers and following up on discrepancies.

l. Assists program participants to search for housing, negotiate tenancy agreements, arrange for security deposits and payments of rent, acquiring furnishings and household items, arranging for utilities, negotiating moving allowances, arranging for movers and physically assisting with moves. m. Receives program participant feedback, and inquiries and complaints, and responds as required. n. Orientates new staff by sharing job information.

o. Provides direction to volunteer and or practicum students as required. p. Performs other related duties as assigned.

EDUCATION, TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE:

1. A minimum of two (2) years post secondary education in mental health/ addictions and a minimum of two (2) years experience in a similar setting with a mental health or addictions related agency, with responsibility for front line service delivery, crisis intervention, debriefing and support, conflict resolution and case planning or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience. 2. Extensive working knowledge of psychosocial rehabilitation approaches and services including

individual service plan development and implementation and life skills training.

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4. Two (2) years experience working with people with mental illness or those at risk of homelessness and a demonstrated commitment to promoting empowerment and individual/group advocacy.

5. Current first aid and Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (NVCI) 6. Satisfactory criminal record check.

7. Satisfactory result from a TB skin test.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

a. Physical ability to carry out the duties of the position.

b. Able to work independently with minimal supervision, exercise initiative and good judgment c. Ability to operate related equipment.

d. Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing. e. Ability to organize and prioritize.

f. Ability to observe and recognize changes in program participants.

g. Ability to establish and maintain rapport with program participants, staff and management and collateral service providers.

h. Home management skills. i. Ability to instruct.

j. Ability to analyze and resolve problems.

k. Conflict resolution and crisis intervention skills. l. Advocacy skills.

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