Mental Health Patient Advocate
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June 7, 2013
Health's mission is to set policy and direction to achieve a sustainable and accountable health system, promote and protect the health of Albertans, and support the well-being and independence of seniors.
The Ministry also includes the Mental Health Patient Advocate Office (MHPAO). This office is a leader in promoting respect, hope and support for individuals and families living with mental illness.
A detailed description of the Ministry and its programs and initiatives can be found at www.health.alberta.ca, and a detailed look at the MHPAO can be found at www.mhpa.ab.ca.
The Minister of Health is inviting applications from qualified individuals interested in being appointed and serving as the Mental Health Patient Advocate (Patient Advocate).
The Patient Advocate is appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council, and reports to the Minister of Health.
The Patient Advocate investigates complaints from or relating to individuals who are or have been subject to one or two admission or renewal certificates or to a community treatment order under the Mental Health Act. The Patient Advocate also exercises any other powers and performs any other duties that are prescribed in the Patient Advocate Regulation under the Mental Health Act.
The Patient Advocate also provides information on patients' rights under the Mental Health Act; visits patients and treatment team members in each designated mental health facility; makes educational presentations to key stakeholder groups; and serves as a standing or ad hoc member of different committees. As well, the Patient Advocate may initiate and conduct investigations into certain matters without receiving a complaint.
This role requires an influential and highly credible leader, who is able to work with diverse stakeholder groups to identify and resolve issues. Serving in a senior advisory capacity, this role provides advocacy perspectives and information to the Minister and Ministry of Health that will assist in producing positive outcomes for patients in the public mental health system.
A related graduate degree is preferred, along with extensive related senior leadership experience in a human services organization, with exposure to and experience applying advocacy principles. Competencies for success in this position are: thorough knowledge of issues regarding mental health and mental illness; thorough knowledge of Alberta's mental health system and legislation; excellent listening, communication, problem-solving and relationship building skills; solid resource management skills; and the ability to make strategic decisions and deliver results.
Please list any previous or current appointments to Government, private or not-for-profit sector agencies, boards or committees.
Individuals whose appointment would result in an actual or perceived conflict of interest that cannot be managed will not be considered for appointment.
$120,157 to $157,909 per annum
The Patient Advocate is appointed by Order in Council for a term prescribed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council.
This is a full time position. Final candidates for this position will be asked to undergo a security screening.
The Patient Advocate may also receive reimbursement of reasonable expenses necessarily incurred in the course of performing his/her duties in accordance with Alberta Health policies, as amended.
How to Apply
Online applications are preferred. If you are unable to submit an electronic version of your resume, please submit your resume, quoting the competition number, to: Alberta Health, Human Resources, 2nd Floor, Telus Plaza North, 10025 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton, AB, T5J 2N3 or fax: (780) 422-1700. Applicants who apply online will be able to track the status of their application. Note: As only one file can be uploaded, please ensure your cover letter, resume and any other related documents are submitted in one file.
If you require any further information on this job posting, please call: (780) 427-1524.
We thank all applicants for their interest. All applications will be reviewed to determine which candidates' skills, education and experience best meets the needs of the position. Only individuals selected for interviews will be contacted.
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