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Mental Health & Addictions Supervisor, Community Transition Team, BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services – Coquitlam, BC

Mental Health & Addictions Supervisor
BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services

Coquitlam, BC


 As the Mental Health and Addictions Supervisor for the Community Transition Teams Provincial HUB, you will help lead our multi-disciplinary team of passionate and committed professionals working to support clients with complex mental health and/or substance use in the crucial weeks and months after release from a correctional centre. You will play a key role providing support and overseeing our teams as they link clients to mental health and substance use services, providing focused rehabilitative support services, and bridging the gap between correctional institutions and communities. To learn more about the important work we do watch our video ( 


What you'll do

  • Coordinate daily mental health and addictions-related patient care activities and provides leadership for the mental health and addictions team in the planning and implementation of consistent, evidence-based service-wide approaches for the delivery of services. Promote quality of care by reviewing mental health screens for completeness and referrals for mental health and addictions assessment from Mental Health Intake Screeners, other health professionals, Correctional Officers and other sources and triaging same; coordinates and schedules patients’ mental health appointments with psychologists and psychiatrists; and consult and collaborate with inter-professional team members to help establish appropriate goals for care and individualized care plans considering the patient’s physiological, psychological, spiritual and sociocultural needs.
  • Supervise and support staff by performing duties such providing clinical direction, establishing priorities, coordinating work assignments, and providing a forum for staff communication and problem solving through staff meetings; providing guidance, conducting performance evaluations, clarifying performance expectations with staff, and referring disciplinary issues requiring formal written documentation to the health services manager. Assist with staff selection by participating in panel interviews for position vacancies and providing input regarding evaluation of candidates. Document concerns/occurrences for discussion with the health services manager and ensures incident reports are completed and necessary follow up action is taken in a timely manner.
  • Assess the patient’s overall mental health and addiction service needs; conducts risk assessments and monitor the progress of all patients identified as at risk for suicidal ideation or self-harm, depression and serious mental disorders; formulates initial diagnostic impressions and determines priority of care requirements; refer patients to the psychologist, general practitioner or other care providers as required.
  • Visit patients in segregation/observation for review, referral and follow-up care as required; document as appropriate in the electronic patient care information system, and communicate the outcome of reviews to the Warden or designate as appropriate.
  • Engage others in treatment planning, evaluation and the review of patient progress and needs. Provide formal and informal consultation as needed to health care team members, other health care providers and students. Provide guidance/knowledge in the management of mental health and addictions care, including co-occurring psychiatric and substance use/misuse disorders. Promote inter-professional collaboration to address treatment concerns, continuity of care, crisis management protocols and community resource coordination. Assist with therapeutic interventions and problem solving, provide clinical guidance and information on complex cases, discuss patient care issues and develops linkages/partnerships to meet patient need.


What you bring

  • Master’s Degree in an Allied Health Discipline from a recognized Program and current practicing registration with the applicable professional College.
  • Three (3) years' recent experience in a mental health and addictions setting, including working with mentally disordered offenders, forensic psychiatric or tertiary mental health/concurrently disordered populations.
  • Two (2) years related administrative/supervisory experience or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
  • Valid BC Driver's License and access to personal vehicle for local area travel may be required.


You will also have knowledge of:

  • Comprehensive knowledge of mental illness and treatment, substance use and addictions treatment, and of the principles of recovery.
  • Broad knowledge of psychotherapeutic and counselling skills, psychoeducation principles and methods and psychopharmacology (indications and side-effects).
  • Provide effective leadership, supervision, work direction and consultation.
  • Conduct comprehensive mental health and addiction clinical and risk assessments, utilizing relevant tools and rating scales, and formulate a treatment plan, participate in discharge planning and provide crisis intervention.
  • Apply a variety of theoretical models to practice and the case management process.
  • Communicate (orally and in writing) and collaborate effectively with patients and their families, coworkers, physicians, other health care staff, and staff of external agencies.
  • Knowledge of primary, secondary and tertiary care programs and relevant, community resources.


What we bring


Every PHSA employee enables the best possible patient care for our patients and their families. Whether you are providing direct care, conducting research, or making it possible for others to do their work, you impact the lives of British Columbians today and in the future. That’s why we’re focused on your care too – offering health, wellness, development programs to support you – at work and at home.

  • Join one of BC’s largest employers with province-wide programs, services and operations – offering vast opportunities for growth, development, and recognition programs that honour the commitment and contribution of all employees.
  • Access to professional development opportunities through our in-house training programs, including +2,000 courses, such as our San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training course, or Core Linx for Leadership roles.
  • Enjoy a comprehensive benefits package, including municipal pension plan, and psychological health & safety programs and holistic wellness resources.
  • Annual statutory holidays (13) with generous vacation entitlement and accruement.
  • PHSA is a remote work friendly employer, welcoming flexible work options to support our people (eligibility may vary, depending on position).
  • Access to WorkPerks, a premium discount program offering a wide range of local and national discounts on electronics, entertainment, dining, travel, wellness, apparel, and more.


 Job Type: Regular, Full – Time (1.00 FTE)
$39.85 to $49.83 per hour
70 Colony Farm Rd, Coquitlam, BC V3C 5X9
Applications will be accepted until position is filled.
Hours of Work:
Monday to Friday; 0800-1600.
Requisition #:

As per the current Public Health Order, full vaccination against COVID-19 is a condition of employment with PHSA as of October 26, 2021.



What we do

BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services (BCMHSUS) cares for people with complex mental health and substance use challenges.

BCMHSUS is part of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA).


The Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) plans, manages and evaluates specialized health services with the BC health authorities to provide equitable and cost-effective health care for people throughout the province. Our values reflect our commitment to excellence and include: Respect people – Be compassionate – Dare to innovate – Cultivate partnerships – Serve with purpose.


Learn more about PHSA and our programs:

PHSA and BCMHSUS are committed to employment equity, encouraging all qualified individuals to apply. We recognize that our ability to provide the best care for our diverse patient populations relies on a rich diversity of skills, knowledge, background and experience, and value a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment.

Reconciliation is an ongoing process and a shared responsibility for all of us. The BC Governments’ unanimous passage of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act was a significant step forward in this journey—one that all health authorities are expected to support as we work in cooperation with Indigenous Peoples to establish a clear and sustainable path to lasting reconciliation. True reconciliation will take time and ongoing commitment to work with Indigenous Peoples as they move toward self-determination. Guiding these efforts Crown agencies must remain focused on creating opportunities that implement the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Mandate. 




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