Mental Health and Addictions Nurse (MHAN) Huron/Perth - Permanent Full-Time

Ontario's LHINs
London, Ontario
Closing date
Mar 24, 2023
Home and Community Care Support Services South West is seeking a Mental Health and Addictions Nurse to support Huron-Perth School Boards!

Opportunity Summary:

As an integral part of this interdisciplinary team, you will bring your mental health and addictions expertise to provide essential health related advice and support to educators within the district school boards. The nurse will assist school boards in Huron, Perth and other areas as required, in recognizing and responding to student mental health and addiction issues and work with the boards to develop strategies to address student mental health and addictions needs. You will play a key role in providing the support of a health professional in helping students and/or parents' access services such as family health care, community mental health and/or addictions agencies. The is a permanent full-time opportunity located within Huron/Perth.

What will you do?

As a MHAN, you will:
  • Provide support to DSBs to build capacity for recognizing and appropriately responding to student mental health and addictions issues.
  • Collaborate with an inter-disciplinary team and provide essential health-related advice and support to the DSBs' staff in developing comprehensive plans to respond to the mental health and addiction needs of students.
  • Advise school staff on potential side effects of different classes of medications, and provide medical consultation to school staff regarding issues such as medication management for individual students.
  • Provide early interventions of care for working with students and families as addressed with counseling and therapeutic interventions and follow up assessments for mental health and addiction issues.
  • Provide support to the intervention team in the management of complex issues such as refusal to attend treatment, self-harm, suicide, or violent behavior.
  • Provide essential health-related advice and support to the Mental Health leaders in developing comprehensive board plans to respond to the mental health and addiction needs of students.
  • Act as a spokesperson as required, and interpret the role of HCCSS to patients, health care professionals, and to the public. Ensure positive public relations and effective coordination of services through ongoing liaison and participation on internal and external committees.
  • Assess and promote a safe environment for patients, caregivers, family members, and staff.
  • Receive, prioritize and take timely action regarding new request for service.
  • Develop and build relationships with mental health service providers and educators by utilizing various forms of communication including face-to- face and virtual/telephone interactions.

What must you have?
  • Minimum of three (3) to five (5) years of relevant experience as a Registered Nurse (BScN or diploma)
  • Current registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario
  • Minimum of two (2) years of direct clinical experience in providing mental health and/or addictions services for children and youth
  • Knowledge of the mental health and addictions service system for children and youth
  • Solid knowledge of health care related legislation and practices
  • Advanced assessment and diagnostic reasoning skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Effective interpersonal and communications skills
  • Demonstrated experience as a Registered Nurse
  • Must have valid driver's license and access to a vehicle
  • Significant travel within the respective school board districts of Bruce County

What would give you an advantage?

  • Ability to speak French or another second language.

Who we are:

Home and Community Care Support Services South West is one of 14 Home and Community Care Support Services organizations in Ontario with a focused mandate to deliver local health care services such as home and community care and long-term care home placement. These organizations were previously known as Local Health Integration Networks at a time when they also led local health care planning and funding, and those functions are now part of Ontario Health. Learn more at

Our organization is a recipient of the 2019 Canada's Healthy Workplace Month Great Employers Award, making it a recognized organization in supporting employee health and safety.

How do I apply?

Please visit to submit your resume and cover letter. Application deadline is March 31st, 2023 at 11:59 p.m.

We are committed to a culture that values diversity and inclusion. We welcome and encourage applications from people with disabilities, and are committed to providing accommodation as part of our hiring process. If you have special requirements, please advise Human Resources during the recruitment process.

Home and Community Care Support Services has implemented a mandatory vaccination policy across the province that requires all staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Applicants being considered for employment will be required to provide proof of vaccination documentation confidentially to Human Resources upon hire. Any medical or human rights exemption requests will be reviewed and validated prior to an offer of employment.

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