The Canadian Mental Health Association Peel Dufferin Branch is recruiting for Community Support Worker- Release from Custody/ Pre-Charge Diversion Program
This is a full-time four-month contract position of 37.5 hours per week and the incumbent reports to the Manager – Mental Health & Justice Services.
The Community Support Worker will provide discharge planning services to persons with a serious mental illness who are in-custody and to support clients eligible for the Pre-Charge Diversion Program. They will assist in the reintegration/integration of recently released offenders into their home community or community of choice and provide community supports and linkages to individuals referred to the Pre-Charge Program.
Salary range for this position is $50,700 - $60,700
CMHA Peel Dufferin offers a competitive overall compensation package which includes:
Two weeks paid vacation per year (accrued), Paid personal days per year (accrued), One Flexible Days annually, Professional development opportunities within the agency, Employee Family Assistance Program and access to a wellness fund benefit.
- To engage with and provide a needs assessment of mentally ill individuals charged with a criminal offence or involved in the pre charge program.
- Participate in a court rotation, supporting individuals referred for support while on remand and to complete release plans from court as required.
- Liase with Crown Counsel, Defence Counsel, Duty Counsel, and other court officials regarding potential release from custody plans at court.
- To attend regular case conferences at the institutions as required.
- To conduct case conferences/consultation with treatment providers, including physicians, other community organizations and other significant persons, as deemed appropriate.
- To assist mentally ill individuals in the justice system and the community in establishing release plans.
- To refer and link clients to appropriate services and respectfully advocate on their behalf when appropriate.
- To communicate the release plan to service providers in the clients’ community.
- To provide education to the community agencies and institutions regarding mental health discharge planning services and the pre charge diversion program.
- In collaboration with institutional staff, develop relevant policies and procedures for the discharge planning services.
- To establish and maintain working relationships with Institutional Social Workers, Probation Officers, Consulting Psychiatrists, Institutional Personnel, community agencies and schedule 1 hospitals.
- To provide support to an assigned caseload of clients, including:
- Establishing a supportive, ongoing relationship with clients and their support systems
- Developing a Crisis Plan with each client and their supports to support and maintain client wellness
- Developing comprehensive assessments with clients and supports to identify client strengths and needs
- Establishing and implementing Recovery Plans to guide the mutual work towards client recovery and maintaining their housing
- Providing on-going supportive counselling, life skills coaching, pre-employment coaching and appropriate referrals to enable Clients to achieve their goals
- Consulting, advocating and liaising with community resources and agencies to assist Clients in achieving their goals
- Monitoring Clients’ mental health and initiating intervention to promote wellness
- Providing education on mental health, illnesses and wellness to clients and their families/other supports
- Providing ongoing support and referrals for families, as needed
- Establishing a follow-up plan for Clients prior to discharge
Skills & Qualifications
- BSW and RSW preferred.
- Minimum of 3-5 years of demonstrated experience working in the addictions and/or mental health field.
- Demonstrated cultural competence and the ability to support a diverse client population are essential.
- Working knowledge and understanding of the Criminal Justice System and Recovery Model.
- Excellent oral and written communication, organizational and problem-solving skills.
- Comfortable working in a community, court and institutional setting.
- Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team.
- Proficient computer skills including MS word, Internet and e-mail.
- Knowledge of CRMS and OCAN is an asset.
- Knowledge of French or any other second language is an asset.
- Valid “G” Drivers license, relevant insurance and use of own vehicle.
- Ability to work weekends and evening shifts on a rotating schedule.
- A satisfactory Vulnerable Sector Screening (Police Check) report.
- Current CPR/First Aid certification.
CMHA Peel Dufferin is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Please inform us if you require any accommodation during the hiring process. CMHA Peel Dufferin will make every effort to accommodate any needs of candidates through the hiring process, under the Human Rights Code