Registered Nurse (RN) – Mental Health and Addictions Counselling – Health with Dignity Program – October 8, 2021

Registered Nurse (RN) – Mental Health and Addictions Counselling- Health With Dignity Program
Expiry Date October 21, 2021

Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services (AAMHCS) is a Community Health Centre that provides services and addresses system inequities in order to improve health outcomes for the most vulnerable immigrants, refugees, and their communities. The Centre envisions a future in which Toronto’s diverse communities achieve health with dignity.

We are looking for RN- Mental Health and Addictions Counseling (MHAC) who is experienced, motivated, and self-directed to be part of the Centre’s Health With Dignity (HWD) team. HWD is composed of numerous initiatives that improve access to primary, specialist and interdisciplinary care and resources. HWD provides access to care within a drop-in/walk in environment, improves equity and quality of experience for people who are structurally vulnerable, face multiple systemic challenges/barriers, lack resources, and may be non-insured.

Reporting to the Manager HWD, the RN-MHAC will use a variety of theoretical frameworks to conduct mental health and addictions assessment, evaluating needs, assessing risks and crisis containment to determine support, facilitate multi-week one on one/group counseling sessions and interventions for HWD clients experiencing depression, anxiety, social isolation and/or sleeplessness and including people with poly-substance use and/or concurrent disorders. The RN- MHAC will assist clients with strengthening constructive coping skills, connecting to primary care providers as required, making referrals to community mental health resources, and helping clients becoming self-sufficient in daily living activities.

The RN-MHAC will assist in developing and supporting existing partnerships with community organizations and healthcare providers to develop and evaluate the effectiveness of integrated models of connections to care. In addition, the RN-MHAC will actively participate in promotion, program planning, implementation, evaluation, knowledge transfer, and system change solutions as part of the HWD team and partnerships.

 Providing comprehensive on-going primary care, mental health and addictions services to clients of all ages within the full RN/professional scope of practice including screening, assessments, counselling, health coaching, referral, education, support and follow up for scheduled appointments, triage, same day/urgent care, and off-site programming and outreach clinics;
 Providing clinical support to designated PCPs (MDs and NPs) as required and appropriate
 Initiate and implement health promotion strategies such as health education and community development to support diverse populations and communities to increase self-management;
 Working with partner organizations and community groups to identify health priorities and solutions;
 Participating in community based partnerships to build networks and strengthen service delivery which may include advocacy, consultation, evaluation, etc.;
 Developing and maintaining health information/education resources and displays on relevant topics as required;
 Participating in all organizational systems and structures as required including but not limited to, quality improvement and performance evaluation;
 Able to travel and provide services throughout the City at designated sites, and to work evening and weekend shifts when required/scheduled;
The ideal candidate will have a firm understanding of and commitment to the principles and underlying values of community health centers as well as:
 Bachelor Degree in Nursing AND current registration in good standing with the College of Nurses of Ontario
 Post-secondary education in a related field, preferably BSW or post –graduate diploma or equivalent.
 Knowledge of relevant registration, including the Ontario Mental Health Act, PHIPA, HCCA.
 3+ years of experience in mental health, counselling and/or community based nursing and implementation of evidence informed practice is preferred
 Ability to engage individuals with mental health/addictions challenges and who need additional medical, social, and psychological supports to improve overall health
 Demonstrated ability to plan and use cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy,
interpersonal therapy, solution focused therapy and individual/group supportive counseling an asset.
 Facilitate successful service navigation for clients through empowerment and/or advocacy
 Sound knowledge of the principles of the therapeutic relationship and their application to Crisis Intervention
 Health coaching and systems navigation experience an asset
 Complimentary post-secondary education in public policy or health is an asset
 Experience in a community health center and/or family practice setting preferred. Experience in urgent
care or emergency department is an asset;
 Strong skills and comfort with digital and virtual; platforms and service delivery
 Thorough understanding of therapeutic methods/practices based upon a health promotion/disease prevention principles/model;
 Experience working collaboratively with physicians, nurse practitioners and interdisciplinary health care team; work independently when necessary and appropriate;
 Experience in developing and evaluating client education materials; program development, monitoring,
evaluation, partnership development
 Demonstrated commitment to principles and clinical practice in an anti-oppression framework;
 Excellent interpersonal, communication (written and verbal), problem-solving, organizational and time management skills;
 An interest and commitment to working in a low-income, multilingual, multiracial community;
 Thorough knowledge of broad determinants of health and issues affecting low income, multi-lingual and racialized and LGBTQ communities;
 Demonstrated flexibility to work in a fast paced, ever-changing environment;
 Ability to speak a second language of our priority populations is an asset.
 Vaccines (COVID-19 and others) are a requirement of the job unless you have an exemption on a medical ground pursuant to the Ontario Human Rights Code.

Salary: $61,475 – $74,148
Hours: 35 hours/week, Full-time, Permanent
Interview: Anticipated that interviews will take place for the week of October 25th, 2021
Bargaining Unit position: United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 175
Classification: RN
Start Date: ASAP/late October /early November 2021

Access Alliance offers comprehensive group benefits coverage, annual vacation entitlement, cumulative sick leave entitlement, employee assistance programs. Access Alliance is a HOOPP employer.

Please be advised that our organization requires all staff, students, and volunteers to be fully vaccinated. Proof of vaccination can be obtained from the Ministry site.

Application Method
Resume and cover letter must be received by Friday, October 21st at 4:00pm. No phone calls please.
Send by E-mail to: and indicate “ RN-Mental Health/Addictions Counselling HWD ’’
in mail subject Heading
Send by Regular Mail to: Hiring Committee, RN-Mental Health and Addictions Counseling HWD
Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services
340 College Street, Suite 500, Toronto, ON, M5T 3A9

We thank all applicants for their interest but only those selected for an interview will receive acknowledgement.
Please note that a criminal background check (Vulnerable sector) will be conducted for this position. We encourage applications from individuals who reflect the broad diversity of communities we work with, including
those from racialized and LGBTQ communities.

In accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005,
accommodation will be provided in all parts of the hiring process. Applicants need to make their needs known in

Access Alliance encourages a scent-free environment. Employees, students, volunteers, and visitors are asked to
refrain from wearing fragrances and other scented personal care products (i.e. perfumes, lotions, hairspray, etc.)
while at the Centre.

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