PEER SUPPORT WORKER - #23-001 (repost)
Ministry of Mental Health and Harm Reduction
Position: Contract, Part Time (22.5 hours per week)
Location: Vancouver Downtown East Side and Surrey, BC
Closes: Posting will remain open until filled and will close without notice
ABOUT MÉTIS NATION BRITISH COLUMBIA:
Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) develops and enhances opportunities for our Métis communities by implementing culturally relevant social and economic programs and services. Through teamwork, respect, dedication, accountability, integrity, and professionalism, MNBC strives to build a proud, self-governing, sustainable Nation in recognition of inherent rights for our Métis citizens, assisting in the delivery of services based on policy, process, and specified regulations.
ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY:
We are seeking a highly motivated, team-orientated individual to join our Ministry of Mental Health and Harm Reduction team as the Peer Support Worker.
Reporting to the Program Lead for The Substance Use Addictions Program (SUAP), the primary purpose of the Peer Support Worker will be to work with the SUAP Team to support the delivery and reporting of mental health and wellness initiatives and programs for Métis communities in BC.
In accordance with the Mission, Vision and Values of Metis Nation of BC, the Peer Support Worker (PSW) shares their own consumer knowledge and lived and/or living experience of substance use and mental health to assist clients of the assigned substance use service in their identified goals. The PSW identifies themselves as a peer and collaborates with the client and the assigned team to meet individual needs and situational requirements by providing information from a lived experience perspective in order to assist clients to obtain services from other external service providers and community resources more effectively. Provides clients living with substance use/mental illness with emotional and social support, life skills assistance, information, and resources. The PSW works collaboratively with the rest of the SUAP Team to ensure the client's self-identified goals for safety, recovery and community connection are supported by appropriate services and practices and are consistent with the values of self-determination /choice and harm reduction. Provides services in a variety of environments dependent on the needs of the client.
KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Establishes a dignifying and purposeful relationship with the client, contacting and getting to know the client as a unique individual, and clarifying the role of the Peer Support Worker in relation to the client.
- In accordance with a client's co-created care plans, provides information to clients regarding empowerment, self-help education, practical information, resources, life skills, and demonstrations.
- Assists clients with community integration activities, and accompanies clients to a range of community services, and appointments.
- Supports an effective connection between community service providers and assigned clients, family members and significant or concerned others involved in the client's recovery plan.
- Shares information with appropriate MNBC staff regarding the experience of individuals with mental health conditions and/or substance use experiences.
- Supports the client to meet individual needs, goals, and situational requirements by assisting in the client's navigation through systems such as health care, government and/or housing services, and supporting their continued progress.
- Assists the client towards self-managing all aspects of their life, including mental illness, substance use and other health conditions by such methods as sharing information and lived experience perspective, practical problem-solving, and linkages with peer supports and consumer advocacy groups.
- Participates in program planning, development, evaluation, and quality improvement activities that facilitate team goal setting, by attending meetings and providing input.
- Prepares and maintains written and computerized records and completes other program documentation, including writing progress notes, completing incident reports, and ensuring referral forms are completed and sent to appropriate referral programs.
- In accordance with a client's co-created care plan, assists clients with the development of life skills such as maintaining personal hygiene, housekeeping, meal planning and preparation, meeting financial obligations, making, and keeping appointments, and interpersonal skills by methods such as demonstrating and modeling appropriate actions.
- Distributes medication to clients as per established policy and procedure as assigned. Helps facilitate, advocate, and stabilize individuals’ connections to Opioid Agonist Treatment and other pharmaceutical alternatives.
- Maintains an awareness of current community resources including health care services, social, economic, recreational, employment, educational services and resources, and other agencies. Utilizes the information to assist clients to access services and problem-solve with the client as required.
- Ensures a safe and healthy working environment by observing universal precautions and infection control procedures; removing obvious hazards; reporting faulty equipment, accidents, injuries, and near misses; and adhering to and enforcing rules, and reporting requirement in accordance with MNBC safety policies and procedures.
- Participates by providing input in staff meetings, quality improvement initiatives, committees, and in-services. Supports clients who are using substances by providing episodic Overdose Prevention Services and helps facilitate drug checking. Engages in-depth conversations about overdose risk and substance use safety options and planning.
- Performs other related duties as assigned.
THE IDEAL CANDIDATE:
- Knowledge and/or awareness of the historical and contemporary contributions made by Métis people in B.C.
- Two years of lived and/or living experience with substance use or co-occurring substance use and mental illness.
- Grade 12, plus one year of recent, related work/peer support experience in substance use, mental health, homelessness or health services navigation, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience will be considered.
- Minimum of two (2) years of experience in health, social services, substance use, or related setting.
- Combination of relevant experience, education, and training will be considered.
- Prior experience working or volunteering for an Aboriginal organization/program that includes interacting and developing relationships with Aboriginal people and Aboriginal communities.
- Proven ability to work effectively in a small team.
- Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate both verbally and in writing.
- Proven ability to prioritize tasks, meet deadlines, and work with minimal supervision.
- Ability and willingness to share lived experience of substance use or co-occurring substance use and mental illness.
- Ability to host conversations about and translate knowledge regarding safer substance use practices to individuals in collaboration with the interdisciplinary team including people who use drugs.
- Ability to engage clients with a focus on client service and client comforts.
- Ability to establish and maintain rapport with clients and their families.
- Knowledge of harm reduction principles and activities.
- Ability to work with a culturally diverse population.
- Knowledge of available programs.
- Knowledge of substance use/mental illness recovery approaches.
- Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
- Ability to organize and prioritize.
- Ability to analyze and problem-solve.
- Ability to model, instruct and teach life skills.
- Ability to observe and recognize changes in clients.
- Ability to work independently.
- Ability to use effective interpersonal skills to establish/maintain effective working relationships with coworkers, the public and other agencies.
- Ability to promote positive change and independence.
- Conflict resolution and crisis intervention skills.
- Physical and mental ability to carry out the duties of the position.
- Certification in administering Naloxone is considered an asset-though training will be provided.
- Ability to work in inclement weather at all times-rain, snow, heatwaves.
- Please make sure you dress for the weather and have bottled water at all times.
- Other duties may be assigned as needed to help ensure the efficient operation of
- There will be a need to attend meetings and events which may require work and travel outside of the normal business
- Ability to provide a satisfactory Criminal Record
- Valid BC Class 5 Driver’s license and access to a reliable personal vehicle for work
The above requirements are what MNBC is seeking in the ideal incumbent at the time of posting and are subject to change based on needs.
Pursuant to section 41 of the BC Human Rights Code, preference may be given to applicants who self-identify as Indigenous (First Nation, Métis or Inuit). All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.