About CoastCoast Mental Health (Coast) is one of the largest mental health non-profit societies in Canada, and operates a large array of innovative housing and community based rehabilitation services for people with a mental illness living in and around Vancouver. Coast operates in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia providing approximately 1000 people with supportive housing and 4000 clients living in the community with a wide variety of programs and services.Coast fosters a client-driven, recovery-oriented environment that promotes restoring health, personal growth and a return to society for individuals with a mental illness through advocacy and providing direct programs and services.
Job SummaryUnder the direction of the Community Home Manager the Community Mental Health Worker is responsible for the delivery of housing and support services, enabling clients to enter, maintain and exit (where appropriate) supported living.
1. Ensures the implementation of the programs including, leisure activities, cooking, housekeeping and maintenance tasks by engaging the clients daily life skills activities.2. Provides community based Psycho social rehabilitation services by, identifying and supporting clients in accessing and developing links into community programs and services.3. Teaches and models life skills and strategies necessary for self care, independent living and interaction with outside social agencies.4. Applies a range of effective communications strategies such as role modelling to establish a collaborative rapport with the clients.5. Provides the support and information necessary to help clients build self-esteem and develop decision- making skills through role modelling and other techniques.6. Assists clients to identify and gain access to formal and informal community supports such as leisure, vocational, educational services through active community integration; providing community services resources of community services.7. Observes and records the physical and mental health status of clients and take necessary action.8. Advocates for and with the clients to encourage them to maintain their rights and dignity.9. Works with clients, peers, supervisors, other agencies and relatives in a cooperative and professional manner.10. Develops individualized life skills programs with clients involving, where appropriate, family, friends and community resources.11. Ensures all requirements of the QWIK process and administrative tasks are completed within the allocated timeframes.12. Uses formal and informal assessment practices such as interviews to develop individual plans identifying the client’s areas of interest and need.13. Distributes medications safely in accordance with medication policies and procedures.14. Ensures the implementation of the program’s maintenance, housekeeping and cooking tasks.15. Reports and addresses health and safety issues/concerns as they arise.16. Performs administrative tasks, as assigned.17. Maintains records as required.18. Fulfills any other functions/duties that may develop in conjunction with the above.19. May be asked to direct students and volunteers.20. Performs other related duties as assigned.
- Diploma in Community Social Service
- Certificates in First Aid + CPR, WHMIS and FoodSafe
- Recent, related experience of two years
- Or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience or other qualifications determined to be reasonable and relevant to the level of work
- Ministry of Justice Criminal Record Clearance
- TB Clearance
- Class 5 driver's license and access to a vehicle is an asset
Knowledge and Abilities• Knowledge of housing issues local and community resources• Firm understanding of harm reduction approach and its implementation in a community based setting.• Demonstrated ability in crisis de-escalation skills applied in a team setting• Demonstrated ability to work with individuals who are marginalized, under served and who may be at risk of homelessness or homeless.• Demonstrated ability working with individuals living with substance misuse issues and or an untreated mental illness.• Understanding of a trauma informed approach• Knowledge of psychosocial rehabilitation practices• Knowledge of program policy and procedures• Knowledge and proficiency in relevant software• Ability to work with clients living with mental illness• A good understanding of the issues related to meeting basic needs of food, clothing, shelter.• Ability to work effectively independently and in cooperation with others.• Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.• Physical ability to carry out the duties of the position.• Ability to observe and recognize changes in clients.• Demonstrated ability to facilitate groups.• Some knowledge of the criminal justice system
Why Coast• We believe in the person, not the disease• We operate client-centered care under the principles of psychosocial rehabilitation• There is a variety of work within a particular position and within the organization• We strive to be the best that we can be• We hold Exemplary Status accreditation through Accreditation Canada• We have won numerous awards for our innovative programming• We care about our employees, and believe in living our values and culture throughout the organization
***Employees of Coast must apply within seven days of the posting date with their internal account (Coast email address registered) to be considered as an internal applicant. Current Coast employees who apply to this posting using external accounts or after the 7 day deadline will be considered as external candidates. Seniority will not apply.***
Coast Mental Health is committed to creating a culture of diversity and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion or disability.