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Addiction Services for York Region (ASYR) is a non-profit, community based counselling organization located in Aurora, Ontario, which supports change in the lives of individuals, their families and communities related to substance use and problem gambling. We take pride in our leadership and expertise in addictions in the community, and we recognize that an organization is known by the people it employs.

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ASYR believes that attracting and retaining the best talent is the key to continued success, and we are committed to excellence in the services we provide throughout York Region. Every employee’s role in our organization is crucial and we value and trust our staff in their diverse abilities and extensive knowledge in the field of addictions and mental health. We invite you to join our committed team as we continue to evolve as innovators and educators, and as a workplace of choice.

ASYR is an equal opportunity employer and we welcome applications from diverse individuals who self-identify on the basis of any of the protected grounds under the Human Rights Code. We are committed to integration and maintaining the independence of individuals and removing barriers to accessibility in the workplace, and to developing inclusive, barrier-free selection processes and work environments. Accommodation is available upon request, throughout the recruitment process.

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Case Manager 2 - Addictions Withdrawal Management

Addiction Services for York Region (ASYR) is a charitable, community based counseling organization located in Aurora Ontario, which supports change in the lives of individuals, their families and communities related to substance use and problem gambling.  Information about our agency programs can be found at www.asyr.ca

Addictions Withdrawal Management provides assistance with voluntary withdrawal from alcohol and/or other drugs for clients who are under the influence of these substances and/or in withdrawal or otherwise in crisis directly related to these substances. Clients may be simultaneously accessing residential support services, or they may be residing in their home, the home of a significant other or in another community setting, supervised or unsupervised. Care may be provided with or without the aid of pharmacotherapy and/or other medical interventions. Additional support such as discharge planning and early recovery education is provided. Addictions Withdrawal Management provides comprehensive, inter-professional, holistic outpatient addictions care for clients and their families affected by substance use.

Addictions Withdrawal Management services are provided throughout the Central Local Health Integration Network (Central LHIN) boundaries.

ASYR is seeking a candidate to join its dynamic team in the following position:

An experienced Case Manager 2 within our Addictions Withdrawal Management team, in its Aurora office location, reporting to the Assigned Supervisor. This is a full-time maternity leave 12-15 month contract position for 35 hours per week with a minimum of two evenings per week. Weekend work is also expected (i.e. some Saturdays). The hourly wage rate is $30.02.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Establish collaborative partnerships with clients that involve non-judgmental listening and client-directed goal setting that fosters independence, self-determination, competence and hope, by employing strengths based principles and practices.
  • Inform clients of confidentiality requirements and the limitations of confidentiality.
  • Collect relevant information from clients, and with their consent, from family members and other service providers in order to collaboratively develop a treatment plan.
  • Develop long term goals, short term objectives to meet their goals, and concrete action steps to achieve the objectives.
  • Collaboratively develop individualized crisis plans with clients.
  • Help clients to take advantage of wellness opportunities including healthy diet, exercise, adequate sleep, and a variety of self-care strategies.
  • Provide information about community resources to clients, and with their permission, to family members and/or significant others.
  • Attend case conferences, and accompanies clients to agencies, and to health-related and other appointments.
  • Collaboratively develop with clients a transition plan that will result in a positive termination of service.
  • Provide appropriate support to clients who have reported actions that are contrary to the Health & Safety program, or who have engaged in actions that are contrary to the program
  • As applicable, work with clients to identify safety issues, and develop prevention and response strategies
  • Maintain timely and comprehensive documentation of plans, summaries, client contacts and interventions and any other client issues in clients’ files, including in agency databases and information management systems.
  • Maintain clear and concise client records that are based upon facts and observations, avoiding opinion or subjective conclusions.
  • Establish effective working relationships with hospitals, physicians, emergency shelters, community mental health and addiction providers, housing providers, and other community agencies and resources and helps clients to negotiate with services and engage in self-advocacy.
  • Advocate ensuring that services and supports are meeting a client’s needs.
  • Develop an advocacy plan in collaboration with clients to ensure access to mental health services, and to address any other identified issues.
  • Engage in systemic advocacy to address issues of inequality and injustice

Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in social work, one of the sciences, or a health related discipline preferred, with a considerable knowledge of substance abuse issues
  • Member or member in progress with one of the regulatory colleges under the Regulated Health Professionals Act ex: College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario; Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers.
  • Experience working with people with addictions or concurrent disorders, a definite asset
  • Knowledge of systemic issues such as poverty, unemployment, stigma, and the isolation felt by individuals with addictions and their families.
  • Ability to practice in a culturally sensitive manner using anti-racism and anti-oppression principles.
  • Ability to work in a harm reduction context
  • An understanding of the Ontario Mental Health Act, mental health reform principles, the Substitute Decisions Act, and the Health Care Consent Act and relevant privacy legislation at both the provincial and federal levels.
  • Knowledge of supports and services available within the Central LHIN, including formal and informal resources, an asset.
  • Knowledge of French, an asset
  • Knowledge of any additional language also an asset
  • A valid Canadian driver’s license and appropriate insurance for a personal vehicle
  • Strong inter-personal skills
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills.
  • A satisfactory Police Vulnerable Sector Check

We are an equal opportunity employer and welcome applications from diverse individuals who self-identify on the basis of any of the protected grounds under the Human Rights Code. We are committed to integration and maintaining the independence of individuals and removing barriers to accessibility in the workplace. We are committed to full compliance with the Human Rights Code, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, the Occupational Health and Safety Act, and all other applicable legislation.

ASYR is also committed to developing inclusive, barrier-free selection processes and work environments. If contacted in relation to an employment opportunity, please advise our HR representative of the accommodation measures required which would enable you to be interviewed in a fair and equitable manner. Information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially. 

Please submit your cover letter and an updated résumé by 5:00 PM on June 19, 2019, to careers@asyr.ca. In the subject line, please indicate YOUR NAME – CASE MANAGER 2 ADDICTIONS WITHDRAWAL MANAGEMENT

WE WELCOME ALL APPLICATIONS, HOWEVER ONLY THOSE SELECTED FOR AN INTERVIEW WILL BE CONTACTED.

Nurse Practitioner - Community Withdrawal Management Clinics

Addiction Services for York Region (ASYR) is a charitable, community based counselling organization with its main office located in Aurora Ontario and satellite offices in York Region and South Simcoe. ASYR supports change in the lives of individuals, their families and communities related to substance use and problem gambling.  Information about our agency programs can be found at www.asyr.ca

Addiction Services for York Region is funded by the Central Local Health Integration Network (Central LHIN) to provide counselling, case management, peer support, nursing and other treatment services for individuals affected by substance use and problem gambling. As part of our suite of services, ASYR offers Rapid Access to Addiction Medicine (RAAM) Clinics as well as Community Withdrawal Management Clinics. The RAAM clinics allow for walk-in and planned appointments, thus promoting low access barriers for service. Services provide an additions treatment pathway between emergency departments in hospitals and the primary care sector.

The South Simcoe Clinic will offer clinical oversight, pharmacotherapy prescribing, case management and outreach to increase access to additional community-based services, peer support and counselling. The program can accept client self-referrals as well as referrals from a clinician, primary care provider or community agency. An initial consultation is followed by treatment planning, medication (as appropriate), peer support, case management and/or counselling as well as follow-up and on-going support to the client’s primary care provider. The program’s multi-disciplinary team includes medical and non-medical staff.

The Community Withdrawal Management Clinics provide additional support to individuals who have stabilized after starting a medically assisted withdrawal program and require consistent, ongoing treatment.

As part of the Addictions Withdrawal Management Program within the catchment area of the Central LHIN (www.centrallhin.on.ca), ASYR offers an opportunity for a Nurse Practitioner (NP) seeking a challenging, rewarding position assisting individuals experiencing barriers to accessing services, specifically people living with addiction challenges.

The ASYR Addictions Withdrawal Management will work collaboratively to initiate and monitor opioid/controlled substance substitution therapy (Buprenorphine). The NP will also work collaboratively to initiate and monitor alcohol anti-craving medications. The NP will play a key role in assisting clients to develop a personalized plan toward stabilization, harm reduction and recovery. The NP will work collaboratively with the Addictions Withdrawal Management program (case management, nurses, counsellors and peer support workers) and outside the program (pharmacist, addiction medicine physicians, hospital staff and interdisciplinary team members, among others).

Additionally, the Addictions Withdrawal Management NP will provide short-term assessment, diagnosis, treatment and referrals typical of the work of a primary care provider until such time as stabilization is achieved and confirmation of a permanent primary care provider.

The Addictions Withdrawal Management NP will also promote overall harm reduction strategies including the dispensing Naloxone kits.

ASYR is seeking an experienced Nurse Practitioner, reporting to the Executive Director. This is a full-time position, for 35 hours per week with (some evenings) and (some Saturdays).

 Key Areas of Responsibility:

  • Clinical services – performs assessment, diagnosis, treatment, health education/counselling and other medical functions based on appropriate standards of practice
  • Prescribe and monitor substitution therapy and anti-craving medications, as appropriate and within the scope of an NP
  • Facilitate access to on and off-site addictions support staff and interdisciplinary team and programs, as needed
  • Work collaboratively with the addictions medical specialists and all referring sources
  • Provide education and clinical support to primary care providers to scale up expertise in addictions management
  • Act as interim primary care provider (including assessments, diagnosis, treatment, referrals and ongoing follow up) for those in the program without primary care until stable and/or ongoing primary care supports are in place
  • Equity & client-centred approach – works in a manner that is mindful of the whole person/community within a social context and impacted by social determinants of health
  • Supervise and oversee the work of nursing staff, as determined by the agency
  • Teamwork – works collaboratively as a member of an interdisciplinary team  
  • Participates in program development and evaluation

Qualifications:

  • Valid Registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario as a Registered Nurse in the Extended Class, RN(EC)
  • Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate (COUPN or equivalent) required
  • Experience working effectively with communities/ individuals who face barriers accessing services and experience in approaching work from an equity lens
  • Demonstrated experience in Opioid/Alcohol Management/Harm Reduction preferred
  • Demonstrated excellent problem-solving, organizational and interpersonal skills with an ability to work effectively and respectfully in a collaborative, interdisciplinary team environment.
  • CNA certification in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing would be an asset
  • Liability protection under NPAO (or RNAO) required
  • 2 or more years’ experience in delivery of primary care preferred
  • Clinical experience in the mental health/addictions field would be a definite asset
  • Awareness of and sensitivity to the needs of people with addiction and/or mental health problems
  • Excellent clinical skills and sound clinical judgment
  • Excellent organizational and communication (written and oral) skills
  • Strong interpersonal, leadership and team-building skills
  • Solid problem-solving, negotiation and conflict resolution skills
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member
  • Experience in policy development, program planning and evaluation would be an asset
  • Proficient in the use of IT systems and computers for word processing, email and data entry (Outlook, Excel, electronic client records)
  • Experience with OTN and telemedicine would be an asset
  • Flexibility, tolerance for ambiguity and a good sense of humour are essential for this position
  • A valid driver’s license and daily access to an insured vehicle is required
  • A successful Police Vulnerable Sector Check as per agency policy and procedures
  • The ability to provide services in French a definite asset
  • The ability to provide services in other languages an asset

We are an equal opportunity employer and welcome applications from diverse individuals who self-identify on the basis of any of the protected grounds under the Human Rights Code. We are committed to integration and maintaining the independence of individuals and removing barriers to accessibility in the workplace. We are committed to full compliance with the Human Rights Code, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, the Occupational Health and Safety Act, and all other applicable legislation.

ASYR is also committed to developing inclusive, barrier-free selection processes and work environments. If contacted in relation to an employment opportunity, please advise our HR representative of the accommodation measures required which will enable you to be interviewed in a fair and equitable manner. Information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially. 

Please submit your cover letter and an updated résumé no later than June 26, 2019 to careers@asyr.ca.

In the subject line, please indicate: Job Posting # 2019.06FT – Your Name – NP Nurse Practitioner – Community Withdrawal Management Clinics

WE WELCOME ALL APPLICATIONS, HOWEVER ONLY THOSE SELECTED FOR AN INTERVIEW WILL BE CONTACTED.