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Abilities Specialist

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health - CAMH

This is a Contract position in Toronto, ON posted January 7, 2022.


Abilities Specialist

Health, Safety and Wellness

People and Experience Department



Position Description:

CAMH is renowned for excellence in service, research and education in the field of mental health and addiction. The Health, Safety and Wellness Program is currently recruiting a full-time, permanent  Abilities Specialist to provide case management and integrated disability management program for cases of occupational and non-occupational illness or injury including return to work. Reporting to the Manager Health, Safety & Wellness, this role will be responsible and accountable for claim management and adjudication of claims, provide proactive disability management services to employees for occupational and non- occupational illness or injury.

In support of CAMH’s Workplace Mental Health strategy, this role will lead an initiative to optimize the Return to Work process; working with leaders across the organization to educate them on the importance of early and safe return to work and the accommodation process, and to identify appropriate roles for gradual return to work. The incumbent will manage and lead the temporary and/or permanent accommodation process through planning, implementing and coordinating return to work meeting with all stakeholders, develop and maintain effective working relationships both internally and externally such as employee health care providers’, third party providers such as WSIB and CAMH Insurer, unions, managers and Human Resources consultants. You will be responsible for monitoring workplace illnesses or injuries, following up with impacted employees in a timely manner, discuss and offer early and safe return to work following all reporting obligations in accordance with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, the Occupational Health and Safety Act and its Regulations, CAMH policies, procedures and collective agreements. The Abilities Specialist will provide support to employees who lose time from work, make offers of modified work, administer the claim and help to develop a safe return to work plan that maintains CAMH operations and workflow. Also critically analyzes case files for other related factors, which may influence recovery time, early and safe return to work eligibility, follow disability management guidelines for duration of absences and payment of benefits. Actively pursues secondary injury cost relief (SIEF) where applicable with WSIB to help reduce claim cost to the organization. Monitor employee progression throughout the program, obtain additional medical when required. Collaborate with all workplace parties to resolve barriers to accommodation and successful return to work plans. Participate in the grievance process, which may include participation in mediation or arbitration proceedings. Support the Corporate Attendance Support Program.This position is located primarily at the Queen Street site.



The successful candidate will hold a diploma or certificate in Occupational Health and Safety from a recognized College or University and/or have three to five years of relevant WSIB experience. Certification as a Disability Management Professional (CDMP) or certification as a Return to Work Coordinator (CRTWC) would be considered an asset. A solid understanding of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act and a working understanding of the Occupational Health and Safety Act is required. You are detail oriented, adaptable to change and are able to work autonomously in an exciting, fast-paced environment. You are able to contribute positively to a cross-functional team environment and can work collaboratively when issues present themselves. You have an understanding of the healthcare environment, strong knowledge of WSIB processes and a solid understanding of mental health issues. Superior interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills are necessary to fulfill this role. Proficiency in Word, Outlook, Excel and occupational health software are also required. The ability to work with staff of diverse ethno racial and cultural backgrounds is required. Bilingualism (French/English) and/or proficiency in a second language would be an asset.



Please Note: This full-time, permanent position is NOT part of any Bargaining Unit.

Salary Range: Competitive salary and benefits package



 CAMH is a Tobacco-Free Organization.

CAMH is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto and is a teaching hospital and research institute. As a CAMH employee, you will be expected to actively support CAMH’s teaching and research activities, in addition to supporting the clinical work of the hospital.

At CAMH, we strive to be an equitable and inclusive employer. Our commitment to equity is grounded in an institution-wide commitment to achieving a working, teaching, and learning environment that is free of discrimination and harassment.

CAMH actively seeks candidates from First Nations, Métis and Inuit, racialized and LGBTQ2+ communities, women, and people with disabilities (including people who have experienced mental health and substance use challenges).

We encourage people from all backgrounds to apply to our positions.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected to interview will be contacted. Please inform us if you require accommodations during the interview process.