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Outreach Social Worker, Urgent Service Access Team, Quest Community Health Centre

St. Catharines, Ontario
Deadline October 8, 2014

1 Part Time & 1 Full Time position

Work in a collaborative practice with a team of health professionals in an innovative environment.

Join Quest Community Health Centre, in partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association-Niagara, Community Addiction Services Niagara, and the Niagara Health System as we develop and implement Niagara’s first Urgent Service Access Team (USAT), an integrated initiative that focuses on hard-to-serve/complex clients, with a special emphasis on individuals experiencing Opioid addiction.
USAT presents a unique Niagara based opportunity to work with hospitals, community based agencies, and Opioid treatment programs to ensure smooth transitions, continuity of care and firm client engagement, together with faster access to services and reduced overall health care costs. In collaboration with community partners, we will provide short term stabilization, and help link clients to longer-term supports.
The ideal candidate will maximize connections and use of existing community resources by acting as a catalyst who, together with community stakeholders, will facilitate the development and implementation of creative and efficient strategies to maximize health outcomes for our clients.
The USAT Outreach Social Worker position is responsible for providing primary health care and assisting in the provision of short and long term stabilization by facilitating the establishment of care pathways while engaging programs/services to assess, prioritize and support client needs. Therefore, you and the team will work collaboratively with community partners and health care professionals.
Your qualifications include 3-5 years’ primary health care experience working with interdisciplinary teams in a community, hospital and/or public health environment. Proficiency in treatment planning, contingency planning and risk management strategies required. Experience working in the field of concurrent disorders and addictions is an asset. Membership in good standing with Ontario Association of Social Workers or OCSWSSW together with a Masters degree in Social Work is preferred.
This position is mobile and involves working with clients in a variety of settings. The hours of work for the part time position are afternoons and evenings, typically 11:30am-7:30 pm (2) two days per week plus meetings; for a total of 20 hours per week and for the full time position typically 11:30am-7:30 pm (5) five days per week.

If you enjoybeing part of a team environment, and share our passion for providing a particularly innovative model of health care, send your cover letter and resume to [email protected]  by  Oct 8, 2014.

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