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Canadian Mental Health Association-Peel Branch

Mental Health Nurse- BSO


Dufferin County1501380

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he Canadian Mental Health Association Peel Dufferin Branch's mission is to offer supportive programs to people impacted by mental illness and to provide support and education that promotes and maintains mental health in our community.

The Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO) initiative was created to enhance health care services for older adults in Ontario with complex and responsive behaviours associated with dementia, mental health, substance use and/or other neurological conditions.

CMHA Peel Dufferin is offering a Crisis Support Service to patients who may be identified as requiring services from BSO .


Job Description

 The BSO Crisis Mental Health Nurse will provide intensive crisis and transition support for older adults with cognitive impairments due to mental health problems, addictions, dementia or other neurological conditions with a focus on addressing responsive behaviours. In addition to supporting crisis situations, the BSO Crisis Mental Health Nurse will conduct episodic visits to the client in their preferred setting with a focus on risk reduction and support. Additionally, the BSO Crisis Mental Health Nurse will work to integrate, coordinate and collaborate with families as well as existing support services in Caledon and Dufferin to development of a care plan.

The BSO Crisis Mental Health Nurse will work in collaboration with 24.7 Crisis Support Peel team, including the various Police forces in the region. This includes a systemic approach for the assessment of adults in crisis and those who are experiencing responsive behaviours to stabilize and manage the current crisis situation. The Nurse conducts risk and safety assessments, gives support and accesses support from many sources in the community.

Focus of the role includes: 

  • Support

  • Person-centered care planning

  • Intervention

  • Education

  • Advocacy

  • Capacity building

  • Coordination


    As a mobile worker, the BSO Crisis Mental Health Nurse is required to work in multiple settings across the region to support the client in their preferred place of residence.

     This is a full time position with a schedule that includes some evenings and weekends. The position is based in Caledon and Dufferin County and reports to the Director, Clinical Services.


    Skills & Qualifications: 

  1. Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing B.Sc (N) is required.

  2. Must be registered with Ontario College of Nurses.

  3. Minimum 5 years of experience working in acute mental health sector, preferably in the community.

  4. Demonstrated and extensive knowledge and skill working with elderly individuals with various types or dementia delirium, mental health, addictions, other neurological conditions and those who experience an acute behavioural change.

  5. Demonstrated knowledge and best practice in dementia, delirium, mental health issues and their effect on persons, families and caregivers.

  6. Knowledge of Community Support Services, Primary Care and Mental Health systems and related legislation.

  7. Knowledge of consent and capacity issues and legislation involving this population  ( e.g. role of Public Guardian and Trustee, SDM act  health care consent act, Mental Health Act).

  8. Knowledge of PIECES framework and templates a strong asset.

  9. Demonstrated experience with crisis intervention techniques and theory-based practice in working with the seriously mentally ill.

  10. Demonstrated knowledge on risk assessments, suicide prevention.

  11. Ability to work with clients of diverse cultural and social backgrounds is necessary.

  12. Ability to work collaboratively and in partnership with a multidisciplinary team and other agencies in the community, including the ability to work with police, court system, inpatient and outpatient mental health systems.

  13. Able to function well under pressure and in a fluid environment.

  14. Bilingualism (French/English) and/or proficiency in a second language would be an asset.

  15. A valid Canadian driver’s license, access to a reliable vehicle and relevant insurance.

  16. A satisfactory Vulnerable Sector Screening (Police Check) report and extensive background check is required.

  17. Current CPR/First Aid certification.

  18. Ability to work in some evenings and some weekends.


CMHA Peel Dufferin provides a supportive work environment with a competitive salary, generous training opportunities, excellent benefits and an emphasis on work-life balance. For a list of our Total Rewards, please visit the Careers page on our website.

 Qualified applicants may send their resume and cover letter in one document to Human Resources via:

 Email to    or by Fax to (905) 863-5201

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CMHA Peel Dufferin is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


CMHA Peel Dufferin will make every effort to accommodate any needs of candidates through the hiring process, under the Human rights Code. Please inform us if you require any accommodation through the hiring process.



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Canadian Mental Health Association-Peel Branch
Posting Date: 08-Mar-2017Medical/Healthcare Permanent, Full-Time $65,000 - $75,000/yr 1 ASAP
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