Community Living Support Worker - Delta (temporary)

Organization NameJob CategoriesPosition TypeRegion and Location(s)Career LevelSalaryAd Online SinceApplication Deadline
Canadian Mental Health Association, Vancouver-Fraser Branch
  • Healthcare: Mental Health, Psychiatry, Psychology, Clinical Therapy
  • Counselor: Individual
  • Healthcare: Rehabilitation
Contract - Full Time
  • British Columbia - Vancouver & Lower Mainland
  • British Columbia
Experienced (Non-manager)$22.77 - 24.68(Hourly)2019-01-302019-02-22


As the nation-wide leader and champion for mental health, CMHA facilitates access to the resources people require to maintain and improve mental health and community integration, build resilience, and support recovery from mental illness.


Reporting to the Housing Programs Manager, the CLS Worker assists clients with mental health issues to live independently in the community.  The CLS Worker assists clients in learning life skills such as personal care, home management, and social skills through teaching methods such as demonstration, modeling, and positive reinforcement.  The CLS Worker observes the clients functioning, and reports and documents any changes in their mental health status, and assists clients with mental health disabilities to live successfully in the community by being part of a team which determines the appropriate care needed to meet individual needs and situational requirements.  Also, the CLS Worker provides a variety of day-to-day physical, emotional, and social supports, advocacy, life skills assistance, information, resources, and demonstrations.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

Assists the clients to learn life skills, such as personal care (grooming, hygiene, laundry etc.), home management, nutrition (shopping, cooking), money management (budgeting, banking), time management, general problem solving, interpersonal communication, social skills, accessing necessary resources, maintaining daily structure, medication compliance, and participating in social/ leisure activities. Duties carried out in accordance with the goals established in client’s Individual Service Plan (ISP).

Confers with the primary therapist from the referring Mental Health Centre, and the client, in the development of the goals as written on the ISP.

Assists the client to organize and implement activities that meet the ISP goals.

Assists clients in housing searches and attends meetings with potential landlord (when necessary) regarding subsidized living arrangements. Helps client complete paperwork, when necessary, associated with tenancy agreements.

Provides support with housing issues, such as: liaison with landlord and Financial Aide Workers, furnishing of apartments, arranging moves, setting up utilities.

Monitors client’s compliance to medication routine, and provides medication reminders if necessary.

Provides transportation and accompanies client on scheduled appointments, social/leisure activities, shopping trips, and other outings, as required in the client’s ISP.

Documents case notes on every meeting with client, stating observations of affective changes, medication compliance, coping skills, lifestyle, habits, social contacts and involvement in the community. Documents number of service hours with client and contacts with therapists.

Writes monthly progress reports for primary therapists. Attends ISP planning meetings every three months, in conjunction with primary therapist and client.  Contacts primary therapist regarding any urgent client concerns.

Attends team meetings and provides caseload updates when necessary.

Researches community resources and provides relevant information and referrals to clients.

Performs other related duties as assigned.

Qualifications, Experience, Skills and Abilities:

  • Has a Post-Secondary diploma or degree in a social science field.
  • Minimum 1 year recent related experience in a community mental health program.
  • Or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
  • Standard First Aide and CPR certification.
  • Class 5 B.C. Driver’s License.
  • Knowledge of computer word-processing, excel and other applications.
  • Ability to observe behavioral and emotional changes.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to work independently on a one-to-one basis.
  • Basic understanding of mental illnesses and the principles of psychosocial rehabilitation.
  • Ability to demonstrate and explain independent living skills.
  • Physical ability to carry out the duties of the position.
  • Must have own vehicle.

CMHA, Vancouver-Fraser Branch is committed to our workforce reflecting the diversity of the communities within which we work.  As such, we encourage applications from persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people, people of all sexual orientations and genders, and others who may contribute to the diversity of our staff.  Personal experience with mental health and/or addictions issues, through either self or a loved one, is an asset.


We regret only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.


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