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Partnerships in Care Committee – Centre for Mental Health & Addiction

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Open to Patient partners across the province

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Improving the care of people with severe mental health and addictions is vital to a healthy British Columbia. BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services (BCMHSUS) is transforming the way they support people with lived experience, and their family members, across British Columbia. Learn more about the BCMHSUS approach here. They are seeking patient partners for:

Co-Chair – One patient partner

Member – 10 patient partners

Please note, interviews will be completed for this position Sept 25 – Oct 1

The Partners in Care Committee aims to enable a joint partnership between patients, families, and healthcare staff across key disciplines. The committee exists to create positive, safe, equitable, trauma-informed and culturally safe services, programs, interactions and environments at BCMHSUS’ adult mental health and substance use services.

• Must have experience in leadership roles (can be formal or informal, e.g. leading meetings, leading teams) – Co-Chair

• Must have lived or living experience of concurrent mental health and substance use disorders (as a patient or family member)

• Preferred to have experience receiving services from Burnaby Centre for Mental Health and Addiction, Heartwood Centre for Women (HCW), and/or Coast Mental Health Rehabilitation and Recovery

• Must have strong interpersonal skills and strong verbal and written communication skills

• Preferred to have some skills in group facilitation (e.g. leading meetings) – Co-Chair

For more information and to RSVP, contact

From Our Community

Derek Koch

Spiritual Health Practitioner and Patient- and Family-Centred Care Lead — Kelowna General Hospital

Derek Koch

The bottom line is because we’re caring for patients. People who know best are those who are receiving the care so it makes logical sense that we would consult with them about their experiences. By connecting with PVN we have been able to educate our teams about the value of patient partners and how important their perspective is in our services.