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Member, Centre for Mental Health & Addictions – Partnerships in Care Committee

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Open to Provincial Region, 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 is transforming the way they support people with lived experience, and their family members, across British Columbia.  The Partnerships in Care Committee is seeking patient and family voices in the creation, implementation, and evaluation of services directed at BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services.

Open to: Patient partners across the province

Lead Organization or Department

Provincial Health Services Authority - Centre for Mental Health & Addictions, Burnaby


Patient and family partners will be a standing member of the committee, responsible for advising on the development of clinical, programming and facilities development, ensuring a client-and family-centered approach  Patient and family partners may also lead projects and establish time-limited sub-committees and needs are identified. For example, to develop a resource handbook for new families of Burnaby Centre

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 involve patients in planning and design phases to ensure ideas or concerns are considered and reflected in alternatives and recommendations. For specific projects, this opportunity is at the level of collaborate on the spectrum of engagement.


• Patient and family partners in British Columbia who have 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


• Number of vacancies:  10 • Date and Time:  Date and time will be scheduled based on availability of patient partners, with the preference of ThursdayLocation:  Burnaby Centre for Mental Health & Addictions or by teleconference province wideCommitment:  One and a half hours, once per month, one-year term, in person or via teleconference




Burnaby Centre for Mental Health and Addiction (BCMHA) is a provincial tertiary care facility for adults with severe and concurrent mental health and substance use disorders. People with concurrent disorders in BC are highly underserved, often living with other challenges that further complicate their concurrent disorders and make recovery challenging. BCMHA is the only integrated program of its kind in BC. In 2021, BCMHA will be transferring service to the Red Fish Healing Centre for Mental Health and Addiction on the Riverview Lands in Coquitlam, BC.

Engagement Leader Contact Information

Jami Brown
Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement | Fraser Valley & Lower Mainland Region

From Our Community

Karla Warkotsch

Patient Experience Consultant – Interior Health

Karla Warkotsch

The question I like to ask health care employees is ‘Who is this for?’ and ‘Do we have the right people at the table?’ As a health care employee, I see how easy it is to fall into doing for, rather than doing with patients. The voices of the patient, family and caregiver are essential to ensure the patient is central to the direction and focus of the work being done.