30+ days ago


Port Coquitlalm, BC


Mental Health and Substance Use Intake Screener
Correctional Health Services, North Fraser Pretrial Centre

Port Coquitlam, BC
$31.36 – $39.10/hr

In accordance with the Mission, Vision and Values, and strategic directions of Provincial Health Services Authority patient/resident safety is a priority and a responsibility shared by everyone at PHSA, and as such, the requirement to continuously improve quality and safety is inherent in all aspects of this position. In alignment with established standards, policies and procedures, the Mental Health and Substance Use Intake Screener meets with all clients admitted to a correctional centre within 24 hours to administer a standardized trauma informed screening and assessment protocol to identify mental health and substance use concerns clientswho are identified to have a mental health, and/or substance use concern or are referred by the Intake Screener for a comprehensive assessment by a regulated health care professional. All services are provided through an Indigenous cultural competency lens and within a trauma informed framework.

What you’ll do

  • Provides screening services by methods such as receiving and screening all newly admitted clients within 24 hours, assessing urgency and prioritizing new referrals in collaboration with the Health Care Manager and/or designates and BC Corrections officials.
  • Utilizes a standardized approach for screening and assessing mental health and substance use concerns by administering evidence based tools as directed. Ensures that screening and assessment procedures are responsive to trauma caused by physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, and the gender, sexual orientation/identity, cultural, ethnic, and linguistic diversity of the population, by methods such as conducting screening/assessment in the clients own language or arranging for an appropriately qualified interpreter; ; symptoms of mood, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress disorder; evidence of recent injury; parenting status and skills; and administering gender-responsive assessments that query population-specific needs such as prenatal care and birth control practices.
  • Initiates appropriate follow-up care and treatment for clients who have been identified to have a mental health and/or substance use concern by referring them for a more comprehensive assessment by other interdisciplinary team members.
  • Prepares pertinent documentation such as admission histories, progress notes or flagging of risk and/or security concerns. Participates in clinical meetings, and may be required to present new clients in rounds/case conferences, and/or provide input to the treatment team regarding strategies to support the inmate upon admission.
  • Collaborates with other team members and participates in educational programs by organizing group attendance, facilitating a feedback process and assisting with understanding of the physical and mental health care needs of the Corrections Health Services population.

 What you bring

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work or a related allied heath discipline.
  • Two (2) years recent related experience in a mental health and/or substance use care setting working with offenders, forensic mental health patients and/or in secure health care settings or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

What’s in it for you

Every PHSA employee enables the best possible patient care for our patients and their families. Whether you are providing direct care, conducting research, or making it possible for others to do their work, you impact the lives of British Columbians today and in the future. That’s why we’re focused on your care too – offering health, wellness, development programs to support you – at work and at home.

  • Join one of BC’s largest employers with province-wide programs, services and operations – offering vast opportunities for growth and development.
  • Access to more than 2,000 in-house training programs.
  • Enjoy a comprehensive benefits package, including municipal pension plan.
  • 12 annual statutory holidays with generous vacation entitlement and accruement.
  • Perks include onsite fitness classes and discounts to 350 BC-wide recreational programs, travel, technology, car and bike sharing, and more.


Casual Opportunities
Wage: $31.36 – $39.10/hr
1451 Kingsway Ave, Port Coquitlam, BC 

Applications will be accepted until position is filled
Work Days: Rotating
Hours of Work: Rotating 


What we do

BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services (BCMHSUS) cares for people with complex mental health and substance use challenges.

Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) plans, coordinates and evaluates specialized health services with the BC health authorities to provide equitable and cost-effective health care for people throughout the province. Our values reflect our commitment to excellence and include: Respect people – Be compassionate – Dare to innovate – Cultivate partnerships – Serve with purpose. Learn more about PHSA and our programs:

PHSA is committed to employment equity and hires on the basis of merit, encouraging all qualified individuals to apply. We recognize that our ability to provide the best care for our diverse patient populations relies on a rich diversity of skills, knowledge, backgrounds and experiences, and value a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment.