Mental Health And Substance Use (Mhsu) Substance Use Worker

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Mental Health And Substance Use (Mhsu) Substance Use Worker

Job Information
Author pmnationtalk
Date January 6, 2021
Type Full Time
Company Interior Health Authority
Location Kelowna, BC
Category Medical / Health
Client Interior Health Authority
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Community :KELOWNA
Position Summary

An opportunity exists for a MHSU Substance Use Worker in Kelowna, B.C. This is a term specific full time position working for the Supervised Mobile Consumption Site. We are looking for applicants with an understanding of supervised consumption services, knowledge of harm reduction principles and ability to work with complex mental health and substance use disorders. Previous experience with the marginalized, homeless population would be helpful.

The MHSU Substance Use Worker provides assessment, treatment, service coordination, and as required, urgent response to clients who may also have serious functional impairment in the domains of physical health and personal, family, financial, occupational, and social life. The MHSU Substance Use Worker functions as a primary clinician utilizing a variety of specialized treatment modalities/therapies for individuals, groups of clients and/or their families.

Typical Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provides comprehensive bio/psycho/social services for persons experiencing substance use problems/disorders or concurrent substance use and mental health problems.
  • Provides intake, orientation, stabilization, and comprehensive mental health and substance use assessments.
  • Collaboratively plans treatment goals with the client; implements treatment plans and evaluating treatment outcomes.
  • Offers consultation, support, and education to families, informal supports, community agencies, and other health care providers involved.
  • Liaises with alcohol and drug residential treatment, withdrawal management, and supportive recovery resources following specialized assessment and referral protocols in order to assist clients in accessing local, regional, or provincial services as required.
  • Identifies the need for, and ensures or arranges transition plans are in place for clients transferring between levels of care, including involvement in discharge planning and follow up after an admission to a hospital unit or emergency department.
  • Documents assessments, treatment formulations, care plans and progress notes according to professional standards and established guidelines.

Shift types are Monday to Friday Days. This term specific position is scheduled to end March 31, 2021.

Join our supportive mental health & substance use team in Kelowna – apply today!


Bachelor Degree from an accredited educational institution in an Allied Health, Behavioural, or Social Science field relevant to the position (i.e. Social Work, Psychology, Counselling, Mental Health, etc.).

Two years’ recent related experience in an alcohol and drug treatment environment or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Current valid B.C. driver’s license.

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