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 and Substance Use Intake Screener DASW-Bach, Correctional Health Services - BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services, Surrey BC
Mental Health and Substance Use Intake Screener DASW-Bach
BC Mental Health and 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
- Provide screening services by methods such as receiving and screening all newly admitted clients within 24 hours, assessing urgency and prioritizing new referrals in collaboration with the Health Care Manager and/or designates and BC Corrections officials.
- Utilize a standardized approach for screening and assessing mental health and substance use concerns by administering evidence based tools as directed. Ensure that screening and assessment procedures are responsive to trauma caused by physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, and the gender, sexual orientation/identity, cultural, ethnic, and linguistic diversity of the population, by methods such as conducting screening/assessment in the clients own language or arranging for an appropriately qualified interpreter; symptoms of mood, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress disorder; evidence of recent injury; parenting status and skills; and administering gender-responsive assessments that query population-specific needs such as prenatal care and birth control practices
- Initiate appropriate follow-up care and treatment for clients who have been identified to have a mental health and/or substance use concern by referring them for a more comprehensive assessment by other interdisciplinary team members.
- Prepare pertinent documentation such as admission histories, progress notes or flagging of risk and/or security concerns. Participate in clinical meetings, and may be required to present new clients in rounds/case conferences, and/or provide input to the treatment team regarding strategies to support the inmate upon admission.
- Collaborate with other team members and participate in educational programs by organizing group attendance, facilitating a feedback process and assisting with understanding of the physical and mental health care needs of the Corrections Health Services population.
- Work with the Administrative Assistant to assure regular collection of statistics. Compiles summary reports and presents data as requested.
What you bring
- Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work or a related allied heath discipline
- Two (2) years recent related experience in a mental health and/or substance use care setting working with offenders, forensic mental health patients and/or in secure health care settings or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
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 and development.
- 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).
- Perks include access to fitness classes and discounts to 350 BC-wide recreational programs, travel, technology, car and bike sharing, and more.
Job Type: Regular, Part-Time (0.40 FTE)
Wage: $31.99 - $39.98
Location: 14323 57 Ave, Surrey, BC V3X 1B1
Applications will be accepted until position is filled.
Hours of Work: Monday – Friday; 1600-2000.
Requisition # 122350
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.
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