Addiction and Mental Health Recovery Liaison

Quesnel Shelter & Support Society - Quesnel, BC (28 days ago)

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The role of the Addiction and Mental Health Recovery Liaison is to have a consistent presence in the local and surrounding Indigenous communities, building culturally sensitive relationships with Indigenous people who are homeless or marginally housed and who are experiencing mental health and addiction challenges by bridging to holistic supports guided by their own experience with addiction and/or mental health issues. The Addiction and Mental Health Recovery Liaison works as an advocate to address barriers associated with those struggling with addictions and homelessness, and to provide culturally safe and practical supports as clients move towards recovery and positive change.

The Addiction and Mental Health Recovery Liaison is a client-focused position, which works to connect with local grassroots and direct care resources to function as part of a multi-disciplinary team that efficiently connects healthcare professionals with individuals having complex needs. This role assists those who are unable to navigate the mental health and healthcare system via traditional streams. The goal of the position is to include collaboration amongst local and regional services providers for timely access to services, enhancing access to primary care, harm reduction and crisis response for those living with substance abuse and mental health challenges. This unique position allows for the Addiction and Mental Health Recovery Liaison to meet the individual where they are in the moment and advocate for access to holistic appropriate and culturally safe services while recognizing and honouring the client’s autonomy.


  • Establish key strategic priorities, alongside partner organizations and roles that will promote the effective integration of the mental health and addictions system within the Mental Health and Addiction services, for the benefit of Indigenous clients.
  • Ensures the effective coordination of mental health and addiction services for constituents, across the health and social services system, and in collaboration with partners, emphasizing holistic care that is culturally safe.
  • Provides comprehensive bio/psycho/social services for persons experiencing substance use problems/disorder or concurrent substance use and mental health issues.
  • Provides intake, orientation and advocacy for clients wanting to access mental health and substance use services
  • Collaboratively plans treatment goals with the client; implements treatment plans and evaluating treatment outcomes
  • Liaises with alcohol and drug residential treatment, withdrawal management, and supportive recovery resources following specialized assessment and referral protocol in order to assist clients in accessing local, regional or provincial services as required
  • Identifies the need for, and ensures or arranges transition plans are in place for clients transferring between levels of care, including involvement in discharge planning and follow-up after admission to a hospital unit or emergency department.
  • Work within an integrated model of care predicted on crisis resolution, strengths and recovery and harm reduction philosophies that aim to advocate for access to mental health and wellness care and ensuing smooth transitions along the pathway for clients and their families.


Education, Training and Experience:

Bachelor Degree from an accredited educational institution in an Allied Health, Behavioral, or Social Science field (Social Work, Psychology, Counselling, Mental Health)

Two years recent related experience in an alcohol and drug treatment environment

Expected start date: 2021-04-26

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $29.00-$31.00 per hour


  • Casual dress
  • Dental care
  • Extended health care
  • Flexible schedule
  • Vision care


  • 8 hour shift
  • Monday to Friday

Work remotely:

  • No

COVID-19 precaution(s):

  • Social distancing guidelines in place
  • Virtual meetings
  • Sanitizing, disinfecting, or cleaning procedures in place