Job Posting 65294

Peer Support Specialist - Housing First
Canadian Mental Health Association - York Region
York / Durham area, Aurora
closes in 43 days (Fri, 4 Dec)
full time

Posting Date: October 19, 2020 
Closing Date: Until Filled




Message about our hiring and operating practices during the COVID-19 pandemic

The Canadian Mental Health York Region and South Simcoe branch (CMHA-YRSS) is continuing to provide much-needed mental health services. As an organization, we are protecting our staff through supporting either working from home, or physical distancing, and other public health directives for essential services staff working on-site. Rest assured that your well-being is our top priority and we have appropriate health and safety measures in place at each stage of the recruiting process and throughout our operations.

We are hiring TWO (2) Peer Support Specialists in Housing and Homelessness!

As we continue to grow our team, we are looking for a Peer Support Specialist for our Housing First Program to join our passionate, dedicated, and “BRAVE” team! If you are you are an individual who has personally experienced mental health and/or addictions and homelessness, have recovered, received professional peer support training, and are ready to help others who have or are currently going through similar challenges to what you experienced in York Region and South Simcoe, then this role is for you! If you are interested in bringing your experience to an innovative, award winning organization that is continuing to grow and expand and you would love to work on this stellar multidisciplinary team to help people in their moments of need, please continue to read further.

Closing Date: Until Filled

1) Permanent: Permanent, Full-time, and 2) Contract: 1 year, Full-time, 35 Hours per Week, Evening Hours and Weekends may be required

Comprehensive Health Benefits: Extended health and dental coverage provided after waiting period.

Competition #: 2020-046

Location: In accordance with current public health directives, training will be available both remotely (i.e., via teleconference and videoconferencing technologies) as well as onsite while respecting physical distancing. During the current COVID-19 outbreak, work can be completed primarily from home with equipment provided by CMHA. Once public health directives are lifted, the Peer Support Specialist will be working primarily in our Aurora Office (15150 Yonge Street, Aurora, ON L4G 1M2) and will be required to travel within York Region & South Simcoe.

Job Profile:

The Peer Support Specialist collaborates with consumers to provide individualized and flexible support to help engage and integrate them into the community, and help to facilitate access to resources and supports to maximize independence and potential, and promote recovery. The Peer Support Specialist collaborates with clients in individual and group sessions to facilitate and support recovery for adults facing mental health challenges through empowerment and respect by providing a range of social, educational, and recreational services. The Peer Support Specialist has gone through a process of recovery and has obtained peer support related training to assist others with mental health challenges to identify and achieve life goals as part of their own recovery.

The Peer Support Specialist uses empowerment and Recovery-oriented approaches in individual and group settings to help combat stigma, raise self-esteem and mastery, improve self-concept, and instill hope. The Peer Support Specialist will be involved in facilitating groups in the community with partner agencies such as hospitals and CMHA offices. From time to time, the Peer Support Specialist may be required to handle conflicts in the Program, and intervene in crisis situations. The peer support program increases access to best practice peer led groups and assists individuals to the services and resources needed.

In addition to compliance with all organizational policies and procedures, the incumbent is also expected to behave ethically, demonstrate competence in effective communication and team building, demonstrate effectiveness in working in a collaborative environment, and demonstrate confidence in decision-making and in building relationships.


• A degree or diploma in the health or social services, or a related discipline
• Four years or more experience of the mental health system
• Personal experience in recovery from a mental health and/or addiction problem
• Personal experience facing homelessness (preferred)
• Peer support related training (i.e. Wellness Recovery Action Plan – WRAP training or other related trainings) is required
• A second language (French, Cantonese, Mandarin, Farsi, Italian, Korean, Punjabi, Russian, Tamil, Urdu) reflecting the local community is preferred
• Ability to apply Recovery principles and empowerment-oriented philosophies and practices in work with consumers
• Ability to observe boundaries, engage in appropriate emotional regulation, refrain from dual relationships with consumers, maintain confidentiality, and engage in reasonable self-care strategies designed to reduce stress by balancing work/life responsibilities
• Knowledge of the Ontario Mental Health Act, mental health reform principles, the Substitute Decisions Act, the Health Care Consent Act and PHIPA requirements
• Extensive knowledge of supports and services in York Region, including formal and informal resources
• Excellent oral and written communication skills
• Ability to demonstrate computer skills, specifically Microsoft Office and Outlook
• A valid Canadian driver’s license, a minimum $1,000,000 third party liability insurance and proof that insurance covers use of personal vehicle to transport clients
• A satisfactory and current Vulnerable Sector Screening

The statements above are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by an individual assigned to the job. This information is not constructed to be an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel in the job.

This position reports to and is supervised by the Manager, People and Teams, Housing First and Home Now Programs.

Working Conditions:
Office work, community settings, meetings in clients home and travel with clients

Disclaimer: In keeping with mental health reform, best practices, funding and direction this position may later require knowledge, skills, abilities and working conditions not noted here.


Why work for CMHA York Region?

We are a team committed to our vision of mental health support for all. That means we respect that our clients are the experts in their recovery journey and that our role is to provide support, resources and opportunities based on their hopes and dreams. It means that we foster and encourage an entrepreneurial spirit to create, implement, and sustain innovative, evidence based and transformational impact. We seek out and build partnerships, collaborate and share knowledge to be the most culturally competent team and fully integrated service delivery partner.

Our team cares for each other. We have our own team values of trust, respect, teamwork and communication. We have been a National Non-Profit Employer of Choice for five consecutive years as well as a recipient of Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures!

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CMHA-YRSS supports the recovery of people with mental illness and promotes diversity in the workplace. We welcome all applicants including persons with lived experience, women, aboriginal people, people with disabilities, and members of the 2SLGBTQ+, visible minority and immigrant communities to apply.

While we thank all candidates for their interest, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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