Community Health Worker – Consumption and Treatment Services
We are a dynamic community-based health centre promoting social justice and health equity in the Regent Park neighbourhood and east downtown area of Toronto. We operate out of several locations and provide a wide variety of services including: primary health care, chiropody, physiotherapy, health promotion, social work, community health, immigrant and refugee services, housing assistance, harm reduction and homeless programs, Pathways to Education for high school students, infant and child development programs, parenting education and family advocacy. We currently have the following opening on our Community Health Team:
Community Health Worker – Consumption Treatment Services (CTS)
One year contract – Full Time 35 hours per week
Salary Range: $27.09 to $32.63 per hour plus benefits
The Consumption Treatment Service (CTS) Community Health Worker will work to assist the team in the identification and resolution of health issues and the integration of care. In response to the COVID 19 pandemic, we have adjusted our programs and services to promote the health and safety of our clients and staff. All staff are required to follow infection control procedures and use required PPE in accordance with organizational policy.
The CTS Community Health Worker works collaboratively, on site, with a multi-disciplinary team including health care professionals, clients and community members. The CTS Community Health Worker’s role includes providing support for the day to day operations of our CTS and to clients accessing the service.
- Supports a welcoming, non-judgmental relaxed space for clients.
- Assesses client’s knowledge of consumption process and works to achieve the best possible health outcomes for each client.
- Supervises CTS clients to administer their own consumption.
- Provides harm reduction supplies to clients and advises clients on proper use and disposal.
- Provides overdose prevention support/education to community members accessing our services.
- Monitors clients for signs and symptoms of overdose and initiates emergency response protocol as per policy.
- Educates clients regarding use and administration of Naloxone and provides take home Naloxone to clients where appropriate.
- Assesses client knowledge of best practices for safer drug use and provides education/information regarding proper drug use techniques to facilitate best possible health outcomes for each client.
- De-escalates and manages conflict with or among clients at the Centre in accordance with established policies and procedures.
- Provides crisis response and supports team based case management.
- Provides supportive counseling, case management, systems navigation, and referrals to clients that best meet their identified needs.
Qualifications and Skills required:
- Degree/diploma in social work, adult education, a related field and/or equivalent life experience.
- 3 to 5 years’ experience working in community based settings with homeless and marginalized individuals, including people who use illegal drugs
- Excellent understanding and commitment to harm reduction practices and principles
- Demonstrated experience with overdose prevention and response.
- Awareness of and sensitivity to the health issues of a diverse community and experience working with disenfranchised populations.
- Understanding of impacts of systemic oppression on marginalized individuals and communities.
- Positive attitude and dependable with strong initiative and the ability to work both independently and in a team oriented atmosphere.
- Proficiency in the use of computer technology and various software applications.
- Strong oral and written communication skills.
- Excellent leadership and planning skills.
- Demonstrated interpersonal, decision making, conflict management, critical thinking and organizational skills.
- Commitment to valuing diversity, equity, partnerships and advocacy in keeping with Regent Park Community Health Centre’s Strategic Direction.
- Ability to work collaboratively within and across teams
- Understanding of Anti-oppression principles
- Must be drug and sex positive.
- Ability to work effectively with people of various cultural, age and economic backgrounds
- Knowledge of the Regent Park area and issues affecting the community
Regent Park CHC is committed to equity and employment practices. Applications are encouraged from qualified individuals who are Indigenous people, members of racialized communities, individuals of diverse sexual orientation and gender identification, persons with disabilities and other protected under the Human Rights Code as well as individuals with lived experience in the Regent Park community. This is a bargaining unit position with OPSEU local 5115.
Please submit your resume and cover letter, indicating title in the subject line, by April 14, 2021 to:
Apply For This Position
Regent Park CHC is committed to equity in our hiring and employment practices. Applications are encouraged from qualified individuals who are Indigenous people, members of racialized communities, individuals of diverse sexual orientation and gender identification, persons with disabilities and others protected under the Human Rights Code as well as individuals with lived experience in the Regent Park community. This is a bargaining unit position with OPSEU Local 5115.
Please submit your resume and cover letter by
April 14, 2021, to
Regent Park Community Health Centre
465 Dundas St. E. Toronto, ON M5A 2B2
Or fill out the provided form.
No phone calls, please. We thank all applicants for their interest in this position, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. RPCHC is committed to developing an inclusive, selection process and work environment. If contacted, please advise the hiring manager if you require any accommodation during the interview process.