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Mental Health & Addictions Nurse

Closing Date:
Open until position filled
Job Summary:

To provide essential health related advice and support to educators within the Trillium Lakelands District School Board schools and develop individual care plans for clients with mental health and addictions needs, in collaboration with mental health workers where indicated.  This position will also be required to provide input to the mental health and addiction needs of students.

Main Job Responsibilities:

  • Advise educators on potential side-effects of different classes of medications.
  • Provide medical consultation to educators regarding issues such as medication management for individual students, particularly those with complex medical conditions concurrent with mental illness or addictions.
  • Liaise with children's mental health agencies and primary care practitioners, as required.
  • Provide support and/or intervention in complex issues such as refusal to attend treatment, self-harm, suicide, or violent behavior.
  • Support educators to meet the complex medical and mental health needs of students who require extra supports for health and/or safety concerns of self and/or others.
  • Provide the support of a health professional in helping students and/or parent(s) to access services such as primary health care or a children's mental health centre and provide education about options for treatment. 
  • Provide essential health related advice and support to the Mental Health leaders in developing comprehensive board plans to address a collaborative response to the mental health needs of students.
  • Act as a spokesperson and interpret the role of the CCAC to clients, health care professionals and to the public, as required.  Ensure positive public relations and effective co-ordination of services through ongoing liaison and participation on internal and external committees.
  • Participate in the orientation of new staff, educators and students within district school boards.
  • Assesses for and promotes a safe environment for clients, caregivers, family members, and staff.
  • Participate in establishing, maintaining, and monitoring standards for the Case Management. This includes committee work and active participation and contribution to quality initiatives.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Client Safety:

  • Reading/implementing client safety policies and procedures.
  • Identifying specific and population-based client safety issues proactively and reactively and taking action to prevent occurrence/recurrence.
  • Participating in team/committee discussions on client safety.
  • Attending client safety education.
  • Shared accountability for ensuring the safest possible client care in accordance with the Client Safety Plan. This includes reporting risk event(s).

Risk Management:

  • Applies sound risk management with the scope of duties and responsibilities; and
  • Reports risk with causes, impacts or mitigations beyond scope of responsibility or available resources to manager.

Education and Experience:

  •  Registered Nurse, in good standing with the College of Nurses of Ontario.
  • Minimum of two (2) years of relevant experience as a Registered Nurse.
  • Knowledge of the mental health and addictions service system for children and youth.
  • Direct clinical experience in providing mental health and/or addictions services for children and youth.
  • Solid knowledge of health care related legislation and practices.
  • Good knowledge of primary care services and other community resources in the LHIN, as well as the roles of health care professionals.
  • Experience working with various health disciplines as well as the public, interagency contact.
  • Understanding of the long term care and health care delivery system in the province of Ontario.
  • In-depth knowledge of tools, systems and databases used in client service delivery and management.

Communication and Interpersonal Skills:

  • Effective interpersonal and communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills to work with client groups with varying levels of comprehension and language capability.
  • Effective communication skills to establish and maintain wide range of contacts with professionals and organizations within the community.
  • Effective communication with internal and external stakeholders which includes respecting and valuing others, active listening and facilitating healthy relationships.
  • Strong collaboration skills to with colleagues across the CCAC, local community agencies, school boards and health professionals (regarding client care and CCAC client services).
  • Effective listening and strong facilitation skills are necessary to work with clients and their families in order to ensure best possible attachment is provided to the client.
  • Ability to communicate using various software programs to clearly articulate clients' status and service needs.
  • Ability to deliver information effectively in a variety of settings including one-on-one, team meetings, and presentations.
  • Embrace client centered philosophy of care and embody excellent customer service practices.
  • Proficiency in French is an asset.
  • Must have a valid driver's license and access to a vehicle.

Problem Solving and Complexity:

  • Well-developed analytical and critical thinking skills are essential for the management of daily operations. 
  • Analytical skills are required for activities such as: analyzing and interpreting information collected from clients', physicians and other stakeholders; reporting and documentation.


  • Advanced assessment and diagnostic reasoning skills.
  • Must be able to practice independently and interdependently.
  • Effective organizational and planning skills.
  • Demonstrates commitment to the CCAC's mission and values.
  • Demonstrated awareness of cultural diversity, as well as ability to behave discreetly and sensitively to confidential issues.
  • Team player with the ability to adapt to change and perform efficiently in a fast-paced work environment.
  • Motivation to continue learning as practices and systems change and evolve.
  • Ability to work in a collaborative, open and participatory environment where leadership is shared and decisions are jointly made.
  • Ability to advocate for both client and partner needs.
  • Proficient in the use of computerized processes including the use of mobile (lap top) technology
  • Ability to wear a protective mask, as required.


Accountability and Decision Making:

  • Reporting to a Manager, Client Services, the position provides front-line facilitation to family health care providers and is responsible to make decisions and take action within legislative framework, CCAC protocols, policies and procedures and best practices quality client care.
  • Ensures the Manager, Client Services is appraised of issues/ concerns which may have impact beyond the assigned area of work.


  • Decisions will have direct impact on the quality of client care.
  • Exercises a high degree of client sensitivity, caution and sound professional judgment to promote a positive image of the CCAC to the community, enhance public confidence in the CCAC's services to and role in the community, and mitigate against legal and financial risks/ liabilities.


  • Provides advice and guidance to colleagues in handling non-routine situations and issues
  • May be asked to provide orientation and job-shadowing to summer students or new hires, as required.

Working Conditions:

  • Normal office conditions.
  • Driving is required to attend to responsibilities outside of the office (home visits).

Health and Safety Commitment:

  • Comply with the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), its regulations and all NSM CCAC health and safety policies and procedures.
  • Use or wear any protective equipment, device or clothing required by your supervisor.
  • Report to your supervisor any known missing or defective protective equipment or protective device that may be dangerous.
  • Report any known workplace hazard to your supervisor/manager.
  • Report any known violation of the OHSA or regulations to your supervisor/manager.
  • Not use or operate any equipment (includes motor vehicle if required for work) or work in a way that may endanger yourself or any other worker. 
  • Not engage in any prank, contest, feat of strength, unnecessary running or rough and boisterous conduct.
  • Attend all health and safety training as directed by your supervisor and apply this knowledge to your job. 


  • As per the Ontario Nurses Association (ONA) NSM CCAC Collective Agreement, the salary ranges from $31.66 per hour to a maximum of $41.31 per hour, commensurate with experience, (under review).
  • Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP).
  • Home office availability to eligible employees.
  • Varying work schedules.
  • Generous vacation.
  • Office locations in Barrie and Huntsville.

If you are interested in joining a dynamic and dedicated team of professionals, we encourage you to submit your cover letter and resumevia

We thank all applicants for applying; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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