POSTING NUMBER: 2020-55
POSITION: Mental Health Worker, Regular Full-Time
UNION: HEU – MPA Certification
PROGRAM: Larwill Place Modular Housing Program, Vancouver
SALARY RANGE: Grid 34: $25.40 – $27.53, Night Shift Premium: $2.25/hour
HOURS OF PAY: 37.5 hours per week
SCHEDULE: Monday to Friday: 0000 hrs to 0800 hrs
START DATE: September 29, 2020
All candidates subject to a criminal records search.
Qualifications and job description attached.
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Job Description – Mental Health Worker
Larwill Place Modular Housing Program
Classification Benchmark: Support Worker 2
Grid Level: Grid 34
Collective Agreement: Community Subsector Association
Reports To: Coordinator, Modular Housing Program
Located in Downtown Vancouver, Larwill Place consists of 98 units of self-contained
apartments for individuals exiting homelessness, many of whom are living with substance
use, and/or mental illness. Working in and from the worksite, the Mental Health
Worker provides assistance, support, and dignity to tenants in their homes through the
development of relationships and individualized goal setting in a stigma-free environment.
The Mental Health Worker also 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
Functions & Responsibilities
1. Participates in case planning with clients and/or healthcare providers by performing
duties such as interviewing clients to identify problems and needs, by obtaining required
information from a variety of sources such as families and care providers, documenting
client needs and wants, and assisting clients to determine appropriate programs.
2. Advocates for clients by problem solving in areas such as landlord-tenant disputes,
financial assistance, accessing community resources, and obtaining volunteer or work
3. Observes clients, identifies and assesses potential emergency situations, and develops
short-term strategies to deal with such situations including de-escalating challenging
behaviours. Reports medical, behavioral, and other problems as required. Provides
feedback and input regarding clients’ needs, performance, and progress.
4. Provides supportive feedback, demonstrations, modeling, and behavior management to
clients, 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.
5. Provides medication support, in accordance with established policy.
6. Provides meal programs or support in accordance with established policy.
7. Identifies available social, economic, recreational, and educational services and resources
in the community that will meet clients’ needs. Provides clients with related information.
8. Facilitates clients’ physical, recreational, educational, and employment needs by
performing duties such as arranging for clients to be transported to programs/services,
assisting clients to attend appointments, and implementing programs.
9. Carries out administrative transactions such as petty cash, client accounts, collecting
10. Completes and maintains related records and documentation such as care plans, progress
reports, statistics, and daily logs.
11. Ensures the maintenance, cleanliness, and safety of programs and residence by
completing janitorial and maintenance tasks as directed. 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. Assists clients to secure their housing, negotiate tenancy/program
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.
12. Receives client feedback, and inquiries and complaints, and responds as required.
13. Orientates new staff by sharing job information.
14. Provides direction to volunteer and or practicum students as required.
15. Performs other related duties as assigned.
Education, Training & 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 and
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
3. A solid background and knowledge of concurrent disorders with related work experience.
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
5. Satisfactory criminal record check.
6. Satisfactory result from a TB skin test.
Skills & Abilities
1. Ability to work in a harm reduction environment which includes an observed
consumption area, as well as familiarization with the principles of harm reduction.
2. Physical ability to carry out the duties of the position.
3. Able to work independently with minimal supervision, exercise initiative and good
4. Ability to operate related equipment.
5. Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
6. Ability to organize and prioritize.
7. Ability to observe and recognize changes in clients.
8. Ability to establish and maintain rapport with clients, staff and management and
collateral service providers.
9. Home management skills.
10. Ability to instruct.
11. Ability to analyze and resolve problems.
12. Conflict resolution and crisis intervention skills.
13. Ability to assist with medication support and to follow established policies and
14. Advocacy skills.
15. Knowledge of Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Concurrent Disorders including theories
- Compensation $25.40 – $27.53 + Night Shift Premium: $2.25/hour CAD $25.40 – $27.53 + Night Shift Premium: $2.25/hour Month
- Address 610 Cambie St, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada