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Rehabilitation Assistant, Enhanced Care Housing Program, BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services - Surrey, BC

Rehabilitation Assistant
BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services

Surrey, BC



PHSA will be hosting a virtual information session with our Forensic Psychiatric Services Hiring Leaders on February 9th at 1:00pm.  Please join us via zoom to learn more about our current employment opportunities available within Forensic Psychiatric Services. To register, please visit or email us at for more information. 


Join our new multi-disciplinary team of passionate and committed professionals working to support clients with complex mental health issues and/or substance use disorders, and have come into contact with the law. This Rehabilitation Assistant position will support the Enhanced Care Housing Project.


The Enhanced Care Housing Project supports clients found not criminally responsible or unfit to stand trial due to a mental disorder as they transition out of the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital and into the Community Transitional Care (CTC) housing program located on the səmiq̓ʷəʔelə lands (former Riverview Hospital Lands, Coquitlam). The CTC program provides recovery and rehabilitation services to facilitate a safe and successful transition and reintegration of forensic patients into the community.

This position will be temporarily based out of the Surrey Forensic Regional Clinic; but will later transition permanently to the səmiq̓ʷəʔelə lands.


This role is ideally suited to a person who enjoys supporting clients to achieve success with reintegration in their community, working in a team environment, solving problems, and working collaboratively with partners. This person must be committed to upholding the shared responsibility of creating lasting and meaningful reconciliation in Canada as per TRC (2015) and DRIPA (2019).


What you'll do

  • Carry out components of established psychosocial and physical rehabilitative programs to address the assessed needs of patients by implementing, actively participating in and evaluating therapeutic programs for assigned areas. Implement individual program plans and corresponding psychosocial and physical rehabilitation intervention strategies including: exercise, programs for specific conditions (i.e. orthopaedic, neurological etc.), ambulation, crutch walking, range of motion (ROM), self-care training, back health groups, the application of specific therapeutic modalities such as Interferential current (IFC), TENS, etc. and a wide variety of group-based rehabilitation and/or vocational rehab programs/services;  determining the destination and taking patients on small or large group staff supported community outings; setting up equipment and instructing patients in its use for instance, gym and adaptive aids, including wheelchair set up;; preparing woodworking supplies and providing direction to patients in the completion of woodwork projects; conducting pre and post safety checks within assigned areas.
  • Work collaboratively with the interprofessional team to develop/implement individualized rehabilitative treatment plans for patients by identifying patient strengths, limitations and functional level for program involvement. Work with team members in the regular evaluation of assigned programs with regard to patients’ assessed needs and progress, and modifies or changes programs as indicated, e.g., recommending suitability for programs.  Utilize skills and knowledge to assess a patient’s condition and make in the moment adjustments to interventions in response to the patients current health status.
  • Complete rehabilitation assignments within designated scope of practice and documents patient progress.  Report observations of patients’ behavior and progress to therapist and Treatment Team. Communicates concerns and/or changes to patients’ condition. Prepare individual discharge reports to meet department/organization documentation standards at the conclusion of each closed program by summarizing information focusing on patients’ life skills and independence levels and recommending appropriate community supports where available. Maintains outcome and workload measurement statistics.
  • Work collaboratively with other Rehabilitation colleague, therapists and Treatment Team members to analyze the needs of target patient populations as a basis for new program development, standards and evaluation strategies by reviewing relevant literature and suggesting interventions that will support the achievement of desired treatment outcomes. Participate in the development of  specific program curricula to address the functional level of the target population including researching, obtaining, and creating appropriate educational, testing, and other program materials to meet established program goals and objectives and evaluation processes under the guidance and supervision of the designated therapist
  • Maintain work area and equipment by ensuring equipment and supplies, such as tools, materials and chemicals used in the program are stored appropriately and accounted for, arranging repairs as required, and assuming the responsibility for the purchase of supplies to support programs as required. Cleans, disinfects and maintains equipment including mobility self-care aids and adaptive devices, and reports malfunctioning equipment to appropriate staff. Fabricate/repair adaptive devices such as splint straps under the direction of the designated therapist.


What you bring

  • Completion of a Rehabilitation Assistant Program or an equivalent combination of recent, related education and training plus 2 years clinical experience.
  • Food Safe Certificate
  • Valid Class 5 BC Driver's License
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing
  • Physical ability to carry out the duties of the position 

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)
$28.15 per hour
10022 King George Highway, Surrey, BC V3T 2W4
Applications will be accepted until position is filled.
Hours of Work:
Monday to Friday; 0830-1630.
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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