Island Community Mental Health Annual General Meeting – June 23, 2015

Island Community Mental Health is holding their Annual General Meeting on June 23, 2015 at 3PM at our head offices: 125 Skinner Street.

ICMH at the PSR Conference – June 16-17, 2015

This June, ICMH is having a poster presentation at the PSR/RPS Canada’s annual conference in Vancouver. Sabine Vanderispaillie representing ICMH and Freddy Hehewerth representing Island Health will be presenting GROW – Client Driven, Clinically Supported.

The presentation will highlight how ICMH’s Gateway to Resources and Opportunities for Wellness (G.R.O.W.) brings together the best aspects of consumer-driven community models (such as clubhouses) and clinical-based rehabilitation models. GROW combines professional support with client-driven programming that addresses individual recovery goals.

Join us at the Coast Plaza hotel in Vancouver, BC on June 16 & 17, 2015

Island Community Mental Health holding Open House to mark Mental Health Week May 4-10

In recognition of Mental Health Week, Island community Mental Health is holding an open house from 1pm to 4pm on May 4.  Come by 125 Skinner Street to meet some of our staff, learn about our programs and services, and have a tour.

POSITION FILLED – Job Opportunity – Employment Coach, NetWorks Employment Solutions

Our NetWorks Employment Solutions program is looking for an experienced Employment Coach. The successful candidate will have experience in vocational counselling, and working with individuals recovering from mental illness. The NetWorks program uses an Individual Placement and Support model of Supported employment, and Coaches are expected to carry a minimum caseload of 25 clients, work in the community, and provide all aspects of job search and job support.

This a full-time position (35 hours/week) with full benefits after completion of a probationary period. Starting wage: $20.93/hr

Employment Coach Job Description 

Please forward your resume and cover letter to Island Community Mental Health, attention: Sarah crawley

POSITION FILLED – Career Opportunity: Nurse Manager

The Nurse Manager is responsible for all aspects of planning, organizing, and directing the delivery of services for the residential care site to ensure a high standard of care consistent with licensing regulations, and policies and procedures of the agency. Provide mental health and addictions services based on a philosophy of psycho-social rehabilitation (PSR). In keeping with an individualized client recovery plan, utilizes the PSR principles to develop, plan, implement, and maintain a full range of clinical services and client centered programs. Liaises with relevant programs (Island Health) and community agencies in coordinating and integrating mental health and addictions services. The Nurse Manager is responsible for the day to day operations of the site and scheduling staff resources to ensure adequate coverage as per the union and health contracts and guidelines. Duties also include assessing staff skills and providing training, hiring, orientation and performance monitoring.

This position requires a nursing degree and current registration with CRNBC. A minimum of 2-3 years working in a related position and at least 2 years working in a supervisory role. This is an excluded position and the hours of work are 40 per week.

5 tips for tracking missing persons with dementia

Search and rescue expert says dementia patients are hard to find, but there are some patterns

CBC News Posted: Dec 11, 2013 5:25 PM PT Last Updated: Dec 11, 2013 5:25 PM PT
Concern over the safety of seniors with dementia is growing, following the death of a 76-year-old woman in a North Vancouver park after she wandered away from her care facility.
Dementia patient Joan Warren was not wearing her electronic tracking bracelet when she went missing on Friday and family, friends, firefighters, police and volunteers all joined North Shore Search and Rescue in a huge search operation.
Joan Warren

Despite an extensive search effort, Joan Warren, who was 76 and suffered from dementia, was found dead near Lynn Canyon two days after she went missing. (Family photo)
Warren’s body was found two days later, off trail, near Lynn Canyon suspension bridge. She had died of hypothermia.
Warren’s family say searchers did their best, but could she have been found sooner?
Robert J. Koester, a U.S. search and rescue expert based in Virginia, who spoke with Stephen Quinn on CBC Radio One’s On The Coast, says dementia patients are the hardest subjects to find, and time is of the essence.
“The sooner you can get more eyes involved, the better. The more urban the area, the better the chance that somebody other than search and rescue is going to make the find,” he said.
In a database he keeps, he’s found that 22 per cent of cases of missing persons with dementia end with the patient found dead — a rate that is far too high — but Koester says he’s identified patterns that can help searchers track what often seems like counter-intuitive behaviour.
Here are five search tips he shared with CBC Radio’s On The Coast:Click here to read on.