VYHS Mental Health Worker

Vancouver Yaffa Housing Society (VYHS) is western Canada’s only dedicated Jewish mental health housing facility.

Our clients fall within the sub-set of mental health disorders broadly categorized as SMI (Serious Mental Illness) and defined as “…a functional impairment that substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities.”

VYHS residents include individuals with one or more SMI diagnoses including schizo-affective disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety disorder, personality disorder, bipolar-mood disorder, major depressive disorder, and autism Asperger’s disorder, to name a few. Most VYHS residents also struggle with one or more other comorbidities including but not limited to, epilepsy, diabetes, moderate intellectual disability, brain Injury, and drug addiction.

Over more than two decades, VYHS have helped to pioneer a wholistic approach towards mental health and well-being that exploits various successful models into a single coherent model, integrating community living, peer-supported living, community inclusion, and cultural identity/belonging, at its core.

We are currently looking for an individual with a broad skill-set; who can work both independently and cooperatively, communicate effectively, is organized, personable, and empathetic, knows to prioritize, is observant and sensitive, can think on their feet, and can maintain calm even under pressure.

Status: Part-time

Schedule: initial organization of hours is flexible however once established will entail a consistent 20 hours per week during prescribed hours spread over five days weekly

Compensation: depending on experience and qualifications; starting $26.42/hr

Responsibilities:

·        Maintain, further develop and implement programs towards clients’ overall mental health, well-being and support

·        Provide support for clients including but not limited to accessing community resources; organizing group excursions; facilitating individual outings and appointments; coordinating resident house meetings/feed-back loops; expediting art/health/skill/hobby programming; encouraging goal setting and interval self-evaluatory progress analyses

·        Document and record client activities and behavioral progress/declination with respect to their case plan/program, daily living, socialization, self-maintenance, medication (non)compliancy, and/or household participation and duties

·        Oversee general house management activities such as cleanliness and hygienic maintenance of common areas including kitchen, bathrooms and dining areas including the establishment and assignment of scheduled chores for all clients according to their abilities; schedule permission room checks of individual clients to ensure protocols regarding bug, insect, and rodent infestation prevention are being followed

·        Communicate with volunteers, congregations, and community partners to organize special events, cultural/holiday gatherings, mental health awareness, and collaborative inclusion activities

·        Attend with clients health care appointments as required

·        Perform grocery shopping  with client(s) once per week

·        Maintain records of all expenses while staying within prescribed budget

·        Prepare/augment light snacks for clients

·        Facilitate and assist as needed with clients’ obligations as related to their health (eg. appointments, self-care), financial (eg. ministerial assistance), house obligations (eg. room and common area maintenance);

·        Provide basic first aid to clients as necessary. Maintain appropriate records of any first aid provided and 911 calls made

·        Communicate and coordinate with board, volunteers, staff, and partners to provide coherent messaging, eliminate redundancies, and maximize the effectiveness of support service deliveries including, but not limited to, community inclusion; therapeutic programing; recreational activities

·        Report to/share with board ideas and suggestions, recommendations, changes, additions, and revisions on ongoing basis

·        Participate in clear and timely communications regarding job related issues, concerns, developments, or anomalies

·        Regularly communicate with case worker(s)/health care team to bilaterally apprise regarding clients’ progress, concerns, and notable behaviors

·        Report any house safety or general maintenance issues to landlord which require attention including repairs, replacement, or general upkeep

·        Always ensure as first priority the safety and security of clients, volunteers, and the general public

·        Performs other related duties as assigned

Qualifications

·        Grade 12 diploma

·        Community Social Worker Diploma, or RSW, or equivalent/higher

·        Minimum 2 years practical experience working with mental illness including direct experience such as crisis intervention, conflict resolution psychological rehabilitation, homelessness, addictions/substance abuse, etc.

·        OR, an equivalent combination of education, training, life and work experience

·        Class 5 Driver’s License and satisfactory driver’s abstract

·        Level 1 Food Safe

·        OFA Level 1

·         A familiarity with Jewish culture and traditions an asset; a willingness to learn/self-educate a requirement,

·         Suitability is assessed on the basis of an applicant’s physical and emotional health, educational background, life experiences, and ability to empathize with people who are struggling with mental health and/or emotional challenges