More than just a job.
Working within Correctional Health Services, you will provide trauma-informed care to clients presenting with a wide variety and complexity of acute and chronic illnesses/diseases, including communicable diseases, substance dependency, and mental health and general health issues. You will be a member of an interdisciplinary, collaborative health care team, liaising with other health care professionals, clients, family members, and community agencies to provide clients with safe and effective care. Be part of a team where you can live and work in your community, positively influence an incarcerated individual’s journey down a new path, and see the difference you can make as you serve the diverse populations of the BC Corrections system.
- Job Type: Full-Time, Part-Time,
- Job Level: Entry, Mid, Senior,
- Travel: Minimal
What does it take to be successful working in Correctional Health Services at PHSA? Check out the top traits we’re looking for and see if you have the right mix.
- Good Listener
- Team Player
About Correctional Health Services
Correctional Health Services (CHS), part of BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services (BCMHSUS), a program of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA), is an integral part of British Columbia’s health care system. CHS provides health services at the 10 provincial correctional centres. PHSA is mandated to improve the quality and continuity of care for clients across the province during their time in correctional facilities and as they reintegrate into the community. This will help to improve access to primary health care, as well as mental health and substance use support for inmates; key needs that have been identified not just in BC, but internationally.
"We have a really robust health care system within corrections. We have what we call our Mental Health and Substance Use team and it’s made up of allied health professionals as well as nurses, and that includes Mental Health Coordinators, Concurrent Disorder Counsellors, Addictions Counsellors, Access and Transition Nurses who do a lot of discharge planning work, Mental Health & Substance Use Nurses, Social Workers as well as Support Workers"Shannon Petovello Mental Health Coordinator, Alouette Correctional Centre for Women
"This is a fantastic place to learn and grow as a nurse. I had only been a nurse for a year when I started here."Jennifer Gill Licensed Practical Nurse, Alouette Correctional Centre for Women
"Corrections was something different, so I tried it, and I never left."Kelsey Holzworth Registered (Clinic) Nurse, Prince George Regional Correctional Centre
Benefits and Perks
Benefits vary by job type and are confirmed in the interview and hiring process.
Extended health and dental benefits
Access to more than 2,000 in-house training programs
Relocation support for out-of-province hires
Work with an interdisciplinary health care team
Opportunity to work across multiple roles, such as clinic nurse and mental health & substance use nurse roles.
Equitable hourly rates in accordance with collective agreements
Mental Health & Addictions Supervisor, Nanaimo Correctional Centre, Correctional Health Services – Nanaimo, BC
Mental Health & Addictions Supervisor
BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services
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 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.
- Awareness of and commitment to learning and understanding the Truth & Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action (2015), In Plain Site Report (2020), BC's Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (2019), and Reclaiming Power and Place Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls calls for justice, and how they intersect across the health care system.
- Supports team members on their learning journey, ensuring education strategy for team/department to implement Indigenous Cultural Safety at a practical level.
- Works collaboratively with appropriate Indigenous teams/departments to ensure ICS lens applied holistically.
- Commitment to upholding the shared responsibility of creating lasting and meaningful reconciliation in Canada as per TRC (2015) and BC's Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (2019).
- As a strong asset for consideration, we are looking for our successful candidate to have: Knowledge of social, economic, political and historical realities impacting indigenous communities and familiarity with Indigenous Cultural Safety and anti-racism and accompanying reports (BC DRIPA, TRC, etc.).
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)
Wage: $39.85 to $49.83 per hour
Location: 3945 Biggs Rd, Nanaimo, BC V9R 5N3
Applications will be accepted until position is filled.
Hours of Work: Monday to Friday; 0800-1600.
Requisition Number: 135864
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: jobs.phsa.ca/programs-and-services
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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