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Member, Burnaby Centre for Mental Health & Addictions – Stepping Stones Working Group

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Open to Provincial Region, Patient partners across the province

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Do you or your family member have experience undergoing treatment for severe mental health and addictions? Want to help improve care on a province wide scale? Burnaby Centre for Mental Health & Addictions is transforming the way they support people with lived experience, and their family members, across British Columbia. The Stepping Stones Project Team is seeking people to support the development of client-centred programming and site development for a new residential facility, slated for opening on the Riverview grounds in late 2019.

Open to: Patient partners across the province

Lead Organization or Department

Provincial Health Services Authority – Burnaby Centre for Mental Health & Addictions


The aim of engaging patients is to ensure a patient centred approach on this working group responsible for advising on the development of clinical, programming and facilities development. Patient partners will be standing members of the working group, responsible for advising on the development of clinical, programming and facilities development, ensuring a patient-centred approach throughout this project

Level of Engagement

This opportunity is at the level of involve on the spectrum of engagement ( The promise to you is that the health care partner will work with you to ensure that your ideas and concerns are reflected in recommendations and provide feedback on how your input affected the decision.


  • Residents of British Columbia communities
  • Experience with residential level care for mental health and addictions, either as a family member or a person with lived experience
  • Patients should have previously attended a PVN orientation session. If you have not attended an orientation but are interested please contact Jami directly to see if accommodations may be possible


• Vacancies: 7 • Date and time: Date and time will be scheduled based on availability of patient partners with the preference of Wednesday or Thursday • Location: Burnaby Centre for Mental Health & Addictions, or teleconference • Commitment: OPTION 1 - One hour, once per week, one year term, in person or via teleconference OPTION 2 – One and half hour, once per month, one year term, in person or via teleconference


Parking, if traveling in person. Teleconference will be by a toll-free line


Burnaby Centre for Mental Health and Addiction (BCMHA), a provincial service for individuals with severe mental health and addiction, will be transferring service to the Centre for Mental Health and Addiction (CMHA) in 2019 on the Riverview Lands.  In preparation for CMHA 2019, BCMHA will be undergoing multiple projects. These include but are not limited to: Trans Health Care Delivery, Pet Therapy, and Sexual Health and Intimacy Policy Creation. A BCMHA Program Manager leads the group and includes a number of clinical staff including Social Workers, Pharmacist, Recreation Therapist and the the site Director. The purpose of this working group is to promote family engagement and allow family members to have a voice on initiatives occurring within BCMHA.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Jami Brown
Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement | Fraser Valley


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Shana Ooms

Executive Director of Primary Care Strategy, Policy and Quality — BC Ministry of Health

Shana Ooms

Where those of us in the room may have debated policy or wording, patient voices made sure patients were top of mind. And as a result, significant improvements were made to simplify something that was otherwise complex. Patient voices at the table bring us back to reality in terms of what we are trying to achieve.