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Canadian Mental Health Association, Sault Ste. Marie

Peer Worker - Shelter

Sault Ste. Marie
Social Services
POSTED: 8 months ago
Canadian Mental Health Association, Sault Ste. Marie
ES Job ID:
Closing Date:
September 20, 2023
Full Time , Part Time
Job Description:
Position Title Peer Worker (Shelter Program)
Classification E
Reports To Program Supervisor
Location Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
Position Status Full-Time and Part-time, Permanent (Shift Work)
Salary $19.41 - $24.15/hour, per Local 684 Collective Agreement

The Peer Worker is responsible for supporting individuals living with mental illness and/or addictions, to improve the quality of their lives, through the provision of community based, client centered services that support positive interdependence. The Peer Worker functions in a manner founded upon the principle that people who have life experiences in common, have something to offer each other, which cannot be provided by others. This approach assumes that individuals who have experienced a serious mental illness and/or addiction can better understand and relate to individuals trying to deal with their mental illness and/or addiction and are in a unique position to offer assistance. The Peer Worker carries out these responsibilities in accordance with the mission, vision and values of CMHA Algoma, relevant legislation and regulations and organizational policies, to promote the delivery of efficient and high-quality services.

Peer Support, Community Relations/Advocacy, and General Organizational Responsibilities
- Implement the low barrier shelter model by providing the most vulnerable members of the community with a safe and secure place to stay
- Providing 24/7 meaningful support for high acuity individuals, including but not limited to:
- Mental health and first aid support
- Overdose response (First Aid/CPR, Naloxone administration)
- Providing guests with support for daily activities (i.e., showers, laundry, appointments)
- Actively listening to guests' concerns, empathizing with their position and helping with a deeper understanding of their situation and self
- Valuing lived experience
- Collaborating with community partners
- Provide basic needs such as meals and snacks
- Conducting assessments for risk, including suicide risk and takes the needed steps to ensure the safety of guests and community

Required Skills:
Education, Certification & Experience
- Certificate or Diploma, preferably in a Human or Health Service-related field
- OPDI - Peer Support core Essential Training Certification or an approved alternative training (or willingness to obtain) preferred
- ASIST, Mental Health First Aid, First Aid/CPR and Safe Food Handling Certification or willing to obtain on own, within 3 months
- Minimum one-year experience in the fields of mental health and/or addictions
- Lived experience with mental health/addictions and demonstrated experience working with individuals facing mental health/addictions issues

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Ability to work in partnership with clients
- Ability and flexibility to work independently and as part of a team
- Demonstrated organizational and time-management skills, accountability, reliability and punctuality and ability to work independently as well as part of a team
- Working knowledge of community resources\\Basic computer and internet usage skills will be considered an asset
- Strong communication skills
- Willing to work flexible hours
- Personal knowledge of the mental health system
- Demonstrated ability to engage in reasonable self-care strategies that incorporate balancing work/life responsibilities
- Excellent problem-solving and decision-making skills
- Acceptable Police Vulnerable Sector Check upon hire and to be maintained throughout employment
- Ability to provide effective client services in English and French, is preferred
- Requires heavy lifting, reaching, repetitive and bending
- Ability to move, ascend, descend and position self from floor and back up for prolong periods
- Valid driver's license and access to a reliable vehicle
How to Apply:
Please submit a resume and cover letter through the online portal found on our website: https://ssmalgoma.cmha.ca/get-involved/, no later than September 20, 2023, at 4:00pm.

This is a bargaining unit position and internal candidates who meet the minimum academic qualifications as well as the minimum requirements of skill, ability and experience for the vacancy shall be provided with an interview and considered prior to any external candidate.

CMHA values diversity and is an equal opportunity employer CMHA is committed to providing employment accommodation in accordance with
the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act
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