Overdose Response Worker
Consumption Treatment Services (CTS)
Part-Time Regular and Full-Time Regular (Permanent) Positions
Hourly Rate: $20.00
Includes Health Benefits and HOOPP
The South Riverdale Community Health Centre is a non-profit, multi-service Centre that provides primary health care, social and community outreach services with an emphasis on health promotion to residents of East Toronto.
Reporting to the Program Manager, CTS, the Overdose Response Worker – CTS works within the CTS services at 955 Queen St. E. and 134 Sherbourne. This position will respond to overdoses, distribute harm reduction supplies, provide harm reduction education and make referrals to additional services. This position will further engage collaboratively with other interdisciplinary team members and service providers, as well as with service users.
This position will be required to work variable shifts within a seven (7) day week with hours between 8:00 a.m. and up to 2:00 a.m.
- Supports service users to administer their own drugs; assesses service user knowledge of safe drug consumption processes and works with service user to achieve the best possible outcomes
- Completes intake and assessments, responds to and manages overdose events; provides overdose prevention education and support
- De-escalates conflict with or among participants, according to established protocols
- Provides harm reduction materials and information to service users and ensures safe disposal of used equipment in accordance with established protocols
- Seeks out opportunities to provide peer-to-peer support, education and referrals to services
- Maintains a hygienic, organized, comfortable and respectful environment
- Assists with stocking and organization of supplies
- Works collaboratively with other team members, participates in interdisciplinary case conferences and team meetings and collegially shares knowledge of drug using community with other staff
- Helps to ensure operations of the CTS comply with all exemption requirements and guidelines, as well as all SRCHC policies and procedures
- Attends mandatory training as applicable
- Other duties as required
- High School Diploma or equivalent
- Proven experience with overdose prevention and response and training in/experience with Naloxone administration
- Physical ability to provide support in an overdose situation
- Experience and knowledge of drug use, specifically injection drug use
- Volunteer or work experience with a harm reduction program
- Experience utilizing harm reduction principles and strategies
- Experience providing peer-to-peer support
- Demonstrated ability to de-escalate conflict
- Confidence in asserting oneself and maintaining strong boundaries
- Knowledge of community services and resources; strong advocacy skills
- Strong oral and written communication skills
- Ability to actively and accurately listen
- Demonstrated display of sensitivity to others
- Open, non-judgemental and willing to learn
- Basic computer skills including email
- Lived experience as (or working with people who reflect) SRCHC’s priority client population: racialized people, indigenous people, people who engage in sex work, prisoners/ex-prisoners, people with mental health issues, and people who have experienced trauma, people who have experienced homelessness or street involvement would be an asset
- Respects and values the diversity of communities and individuals
The deadline for applicants is October 18, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.
No faxes, phone calls, or requests to meet please.
This is a bargaining unit position with CUPE Local 5399.
SRCHC welcomes applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.
SRCHC is an equal opportunity employer. We would like to thank all those that apply but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
SRCHC 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, deodorants, lotions, hairspray, etc.) while at the Centre.