Registered Nurse

Posting for Registered Nurse

2 full time positions 

Rapid Access Addiction Clinic (RAAC)

Canadian Mental Health Association, Peel Dufferin is excited to announce 2 new positions in the Responsive Addiction Clinic. 

The successful candidate will work to provide client-centered addictions/psychiatric and general nursing care to clients at the Rapid Access Addiction Clinic (RAAC), including initial screening and assessment, treatment planning, brief intervention and medication response monitoring in the community following induction at RAAC. 

You will be responsible for assisting clients in developing skills to manage substance misuse and/or planning for solution focused, time limited services.

You will provide care to clients with substance abuse/co-occurring disorders in a variety of community settings, including Rapid Access Addictions Medicine Clinics and outreach for withdrawal management at various locations. You will have sound knowledge of crisis intervention, mental health and addiction issues, trauma-informed care, harm reduction and recovery-oriented care.

The position involves working collaboratively within a multidisciplinary team including Nurse Practitioner, Concurrent Disorder Specialists, Pharmacy, and Psychiatry and the position reports to Senior Director, Clinical Strategy and Services.

The salary band for this position is: $63,600-$73,600


Overview of Program

 The Rapid Access Model will allow for walk in and planned appointments, thus promoting low access barriers for service. Priority group is men aged 25-50 with opioid addictions and opioid addiction/mental illness. Other opioid addiction clients will be supported and the clinic will increase capability to serve alcohol users seeking medical support. 

Services will include Rapid Access Addictions Medicine (RAAM) Clinics that provide an addictions treatment pathway between emergency departments and primary care sector.

The Clinic will provide clinical oversight pharmacotherapy prescribing, counselling, case management and outreach to increase access to additional community- based services.

The multi-disciplinary team will work through the 5 sub regions of the Central West LHIN-  Brampton, Bramalea, Bolton- Caledon, Dufferin & North Etobicoke/West Woodbridge/Malton;  

The program can accept client’s self-referral as well as referrals from a clinician or primary care physician. An initial consultation is followed by treatment planning, counselling, medication and referrals to community programs, follow up and on-going support to the clients primary care physician.  

Key Responsibilities:

  1. Working knowledge of chemical dependency, including the pathophysiology of substance abuse and withdrawal. 
  2. Collaborate with mental health and addiction service providers to support the mental health, addiction and primary care health needs of clients who may be in crisis or involved with community mental health and addictions agencies.
  3. Conduct comprehensive bio-psychosocial model of care and best practices for concurrent disorders.
  4. Communicate information, both verbally and in writing regarding assessments, treatment plans and evaluations to the treatment team, client, referral source and other caregivers within practice/agency/legal guidelines.
  5. Participate in regular staff meetings and treatment planning review meetings and to provide the nursing perspective.
  6. Take the lead role or participate in providing medication administration and other medical services, under the direction of the prescribing physicians or nurse practitioners.
  7. Take the lead role in withdrawal assessment, administering appropriate scales, and treatment as prescribed by the Nurse Practitioner. Follow up with clients in the community post day detox.
  8. Develop, maintain, and supervise psychopharmacologic and medical treatment and medication policies and procedures including transcribing, administering, evaluating, and recording psychotropic/anti-craving medications prescribed by the Nurse Practitioners or Psychiatrist; evaluate and chart psychotropic medication effectiveness, complications, and side effects; and arrange for required lab work according to protocol.
  9. Under the direction of the  Psychiatrist/Nurse Practitioner  organize and manage the system of getting medication to clients and integrating medication administration tightly into clients’ individual treatment plans and providing direction and guidance to other team members.
  10. Under the direction of the psychiatrist/ Nurse Practitioner and in collaboration with other registered nurses within the agency, manage pharmaceuticals and medical supplies.
  11. In collaboration with the Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatrist, coordinate, schedule and administer medical assessments of client physical health, making appropriate referrals to community physicians for further assessment and treatment, and coordinate psychiatric treatment with medical treatment.


  1. Current registration as a Registered Nurse with the College of Nurses of Ontario.
  2. Certification in psychiatric/mental health nursing CPMHN (c) is an asset.
  3. A minimum of 4-5 years’ experience working with clients who have addictions and mental illness, both inpatient and outpatient in the community, preferred.
  4. Excellent assessment, crisis intervention and problem solving skills.
  5. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.  Demonstrated ability to establish therapeutic, supportive relationships with client/family/caregivers/community agencies by utilizing skilled interviewing and communication techniques and appropriate nursing interventions.
  6. Demonstrated ability to be flexible in work assignments.
  7. Advanced knowledge of psychotropic medication and medications used in withdrawal management
  8. Venipuncture skill and experience is an asset.
  9. Experience in forensic/dual diagnosed/developmental delay will be an asset.
  10. Good working knowledge of the RAAC model.
  11. Demonstrated computer skills.
  12. Valid driver’s license, relevant insurance and use of vehicle.
  13. Utilizes critical thinking and analytical skill to gather data from multiple sources assesses and interprets information to create treatment plans.
  14. Certification in First Aid, C.P.R., A.S.I.S.T.


CMHA/Peel 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 the link: 

CMHA Peel Dufferin will make every effort to accommodate any needs of candidates through the hiring process, under the Ontario Human Rights Code and Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. Please inform us if you require any accommodations during the hiring process