• Posted on:
    Apr 06, 2021
  • Application Deadline:
    May 06, 2021
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Community Support Worker - Community Homes


Job Description

The Community Homes for Opportunity is the new modernized program of the former Homes for Special Care. CMHA Middlesex staff will work with the tenants of privately owned group living homes. The focus will be to support independence and the individuals’ journey through recovery. Staff will work both in the home and in the community, partnering and collaborating with the home staff and other support staff/agencies.

The Community Support Worker, Community Homes for Opportunity (CHO) will perform duties and responsibilities consistent with providing a psychosocial environment to assist with the rehabilitation and community integration of individuals in the Community Homes for Opportunity program. We are currently recruiting for a full-time, permanent Community Support Worker working at the Strathroy location.


Assessment and Goal Planning

  • Assess individuals strengths, needs, abilities and preferences
  • Assess social and environmental factors impacting the individual
  • Identify risk factors related to individual and staff safety as well as relapse
  • Assess barriers to successful community living (e.g. transportation, finances, etc.)
  • Ensure the assessment incorporates cultural and ethnic factors
  • Identify areas requiring additional assessment
  • Assist the individual to identify his/her personal goals and preferences during wellness planning sessions in collaboration with the CHO team and appropriate supports
  • Include and encourage individuals’ natural supports (e.g. family, significant friends) in goal planning, clarifying the roles each plays towards individuals rehabilitation
  • Assist the individual to explore options and consequences of different choices
  • Work in partnership with the individual in all aspects of planning
  • Identify intervention strategies to meet goals
  • Document and communicate the plan to all relevant stakeholders
  • Ensure Ontario Common Assessment of Need’s (OCAN’s) are completed and reviewed according to policy
  • Review and revise OCAN with the individual annually, or when there is a noted significant change
  • Create or update individual’s Crisis Plan

Direct Service

  • Regularly solicit feedback from the individual, CHO home staff and relevant community supports regarding individuals mental health and progress towards his/her goals
  • Completion of Mental Health Status Exams within the first month of individual’s admission, and subsequently at a minimum of every 6 months or more frequently if change is noted
  • Assist individuals to work towards goals as identified in the assessment and Individual Wellness Plan based on their strengths, needs, abilities and preferences
  • Motivate and support individual to work towards achievement of their goals
  • Assist and coach individuals in the learning and management/achievement of activities of daily living such as personal hygiene, chores, budgeting, socialization, etc. may be accomplished in groups or side by side with the individual
  • Facilitate and implement meetings, groups, special events and activities
  • Support individuals with physical and mental health concerns, and liaise with CHO staff
  • Support individuals with medication education as needed in consultation with appropriate community partners
  • Provide recreational community outings and activities to enhance individuals quality of life and further connect individuals to their community
  • Coordinate or provide transportation as required
  • Transition planning with individual and community support to facilitate a seamless transition when individuals move on
  • Advocate for and support individuals in accessing community resources
  • Champion individual’s individual capacity for independent community living
  • Provide health teaching about mental illness and symptom management in collaboration with community partners
  • Assist individuals to successfully remain in the home
  • Crisis prevention and intervention

Communication and Decision Making

  • Maintain open communication with CHO home staff
  • Make decisions both independently and collaboratively
  • Completion of a Discharge Summary upon individuals transition from the CHO program outlining progress made in the program and recommendations for the future
  • Complete required individual documentation as per CMHA Middlesex standards
  • Complete other required documentation (e.g. monthly time sheets, vacations requests, education requests, travel claims, expense claims) within the required time frames
  • Provide input into decisions with team concerning operations of the program, policies of CMHA Middlesex and accreditation standards
  • Ensure effective communication with director, manager, staff team, and external treatment teams concerning individual individual’s progress
  • Identify, promote resolution, and management of all emergency situations concerning individuals, staff, and property
  • Knowledge of issues pertaining to individual confidentiality to ensure individual’s confidentiality is maintained at all times
  • Other duties as required

Hours of Work:
• 70 hours over two week period
• Rotating schedule of afternoons, days, evenings and weekends

Education RequirementNot Applicable Experience Requirement
  • University/college degree or diploma in the social science field
  • Minimum of one year work experience in the mental health field
  • First Aid / CPR
  • Valid Driver’s Licence
  • Access to a vehicle
  • Insurance adequate for transporting individuals-served
  • Current, clear Police Vulnerable Sector Check
  • Ability to attend work regularly

Preferred Qualifications / Experiences / Qualities

  • Knowledge of Psychosocial Rehabilitation
  • Residential experience
  • Knowledge of psychiatric medications
  • Knowledge of community resources
  • Knowledge of computerized documentation methods
  • Health and safety knowledge
  • Crisis intervention and prevention
  • Applied Suicide Interventions Skills and Training
  • Bilingual in both official languages is an asset

Additional Requirements

  • Ability to recognize and diffuse potential conflict situations
  • Knowledge of safe food handling procedures
  • Knowledge of WHMIS, fire, health and safety procedures

The successful candidate will be eligible for extended healthcare benefits and optional enrollment in the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP).

Successful candidates must have a Police Vulnerable Sector Check completed in the last six months. In order to avoid delays in beginning a position, interested applicants who reside in the City of London and are in need of a Police Vulnerable Sector Check (PVSC) are encouraged to apply for one as soon as possible as PVSCs in the City of London are currently taking approximately 2 weeks to be delivered and offers of employment cannot be made without receipt of a PVSC.

How to Apply

Interested applicants, visit the CMHA website for more information, and submit your resume by email to humanresources@cmhamiddlesex.ca

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