CMHA - Elgin Branch

Mental Health Worker (Community Homes for Opportunity) (BB-D5A87)

Found in: Neuvoo Bulk CA



Application Deadline: 05 March 2021

THE CANADIAN MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION, ELGIN BRANCH contributes to an integrated mental health system through provision of community-based mental health services. We seek to optimize mental well-being through advocacy, research, and support services, and envision a supportive community where people achieve, manage, and celebrate mental well-being.   

We strive to be an inclusive and diverse workplace and welcome qualified applications from consumers, people with different abilities, members of the LGBTQ community, and individuals of all racial, ethnic, religious, and cultural identities.  

We are accepting applications for a Permanent Full-Time, CHO: Mental Health Worker, with primary assignment to Community Homes for Opportunity Care Homes located in Elgin, Lambton, Kent and Oxford.

The CHO: Mental Health Worker will perform duties and responsibilities that are consistent with psychosocial rehabilitation principles when assisting with the rehabilitation and community integration of individuals living in the newly established Community Homes for Opportunity (CHO) program. This position will require the applicant to work collaboratively with the Social Rehabilitation and Housing teams.

HOURS: 35 hours per week, Monday to Friday 8:30AM to 4:30PM, with some flexibility required to accommodate program needs

Primary Responsibilities
• Support implementation of new initiatives and policy and procedure change within the program
• Liaise with the Team Lead and Manager with respect to potential discharges and admissions, assist with       completing intake assessments to determine whether the program is an appropriate fit for new referrals
• Problem solve issues and provide feedback to Team Lead and Manager around program concerns and     direction
• Assist the team to ensure program consistency and that services are delivered with integrity, respect,     accountability, compassion, and accessibility in a welcoming environment
• Make decisions independently with respect to an individual-served approach

 Primary Worker:
• designated primary worker for approximately 20 clients:
• ensure individual’s EMHware files is complete and up-to-date
• ensure individual’s needs are being met and that they are supported to maintain housing

Direct Service:
• Tenancy support including: home/unit selection and signing of lease agreement, income verification,     orientation  to home and community agency, move-in assistance, education regarding rights and   responsibilities, housing specific goal setting, and rent collection
• Independent life skills coaching including: payment of rent and bills, money management/budgeting, food   preparation, nutrition counselling, room maintenance/cleaning, use of public transportation, use of laundry   facilities, and personal safety
• Social support including: communication skills, assertiveness training, and co-ordination of recreational   community outings and activities to enhance individual’s quality of life and connections with the community
• Health and wellness support including: participation in and/or co-ordination of Community Care Plans (CCPs),   relapse prevention and planning, wellness/recovery planning, medication education, symptom and medication   monitoring, referrals to specialized health services, and support with physical health concerns
• Personal support including: education regarding bathing/hygiene, dressing, routine development, meal   preparation, and laundry
• Linkages to community supports including: advocacy, referrals and connections with appropriate clinical   services, supports, and resources (formal and informal) based on individual’s needs
• Crisis support including: safety planning, crisis prevention and intervention, and reduction in utilization of EMS,   ER visits, days in hospital, and days incarcerated
• Eviction support including: landlord liaison, support obtaining legal assistance, hoarding intervention,   education regarding the Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) and navigation and support of Landlord Tenant Board   processes and hearings
• Support homeowners/landlords as necessary in conjunction with the individual
• Motivate and support individual to work towards achievement of their needs/goals
• Provide health teaching about mental illness and symptom management
  Clinical Assessment, Support, and Goal Planning:
• Assess individuals strengths, abilities, needs and preferences and assist the individual to complete wellness   plans and work towards their goals through utilization of all, or a combination of, the following tools: OCAN,   GAIN-SS, SPDAT, and LOCUS
• Assess social and environmental factors, and any vulnerability and risk factors
• Include and encourage individual’s natural supports (e.g. family, friends) and home staff in goal planning,   clarifying the roles each plays towards individual’s rehabilitation
• Regularly solicit feedback from the individual, homeowner, home staff and relevant community supports   regarding individual’s mental health and progress towards their goals
  Communication and Decision Making:
• Maintain open communication with individual’s professional and natural supports and home staff in regards to   individual’s rehabilitation
• Make decisions both independently and collaboratively
• Completion of a discharge summary upon individuals transition from the program outlining progress made in   the program and recommendations for the future
• Complete required individual documentation as per agency standards
• Complete other required documentation (e.g. leave management, education requests, travel claims, expense   claims) within the required time frames
• Professionally liaise with community workers and agencies regarding the program
• Ensure effective communication with manager, staff team, home staff or landlord and external treatment teams   concerning individual’s progress
• Identify, promote resolution, and management of all emergency situations concerning individuals, staff, and   property
• Knowledge of issues pertaining to individual confidentiality, such as consent to release personal information   process to ensure individual’s confidentiality is maintained at all times
• Other duties as assigned

Job Specifications
Required Qualifications:
• Minimum college diploma in a relevant social services discipline
• Demonstrated problem solving skills, initiative and team focus, and leadership skills
• Effective communication and time management skills
• Access to a reliable vehicle, possession of a Class G Ontario Driver’s Licence or equivalent without   restrictions, and maintenance of appropriate auto insurance for use of the vehicle for business purposes
• Satisfactory results of a police record check including Police Vulnerable Sector screening
• Ability to attend work regularly

Preferred Qualifications / Experiences / Qualities:
• A bachelor-level degree, preferably in the area of social work, psychology, or nursing.
• Registration in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers   (OCSWSSW), the College of Psychologists of Ontario (CPO), or the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO)
• Knowledge of serious mental illness as well as best practices, psychosocial rehabilitation, psychiatric   medications, community resources, electronic documentation methods, and health and safety
• Experience working with individuals with mental health issues, addictions, or problematic substance use;
• Training and/or experience in trauma-informed care.
• Residential/community housing experience and familiarity with the Residential Tenancies Act
• Crisis intervention and prevention skills

Physical Requirements:
• Standing and walking for extended periods of time
• Able to climb stairs



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