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Member, Family Involvement in Mental Health and Substance Use Care Working Group

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Open to Interior Region, Patient partners in the Interior region

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Interior Health Mental Health and Substance Use is invested in ensuring families are involved in the care of their loved ones. We have almost filled our working group membership but hope to include Indigenous voices to create services that are person- and family-centred, trauma informed and culturally safe.

Open to: Patient partners in the Interior region

Lead Organization or Department

Interior Health - Mental Health and Substance Abuse


Individuals, families and service providers benefit greatly when family members are involved as full partners in the care and support of people with mental health and substance use concerns. This project will create policy and procedures to guide the clinical practice of involving families in all levels of care and program planning. It is important that we have patient and family members assisting us to build these processes.

Level of Engagement

This opportunity is at the level of collaborate on the spectrum of engagement. The promise to you is that the health care partner will work together with you to formulate solutions and incorporate your advice and recommendations into the decisions to the maximum extent possible.


  • Experience working on working groups would be beneficial
  • Indigenous patient partner
  • Willingness to participate, collaborate, provide feedback and input
  • Some experience with Mental Health and Substance Use services would be beneficial


Vacancies: 2 Location, Date, Time and Frequency:
  • Teleconferences/Videoconferences Thursdays 8:30 - 09:30 every two weeks starting Nov. 14 for up to six months
  • Working group members will be expected to participate in a one-hour meeting every two weeks and review documents, plans and materials between meetings.
  • Members will be expected to be an active part of the group where their participation, input and feedback is valued


Any travel will be reimbursed; however, there are no expectations for travel, at this time.


This project has come about from IH MHSU commitment to family centered care and recognition of the importance of having family involved in care planning, program development, evaluation and delivery of care to an individual's recovery. There are a number of people from across all sectors of MHSU and other IH programs as well as patient/family partners involved in this work. This project is related to all MHSU care across all sectors, ages and communities in the Interior.

Engagement Leader Contact Information

Carol Stathers
Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement | Okanagan, Interior Region

From Our Community

Laura Klein

Clinical Practice Consultant in Fraser Health

Laura Klein

Seeking the patient perspective doesn’t have to be complicated; it simply entails a commitment to ask and listen. Patient advisors not only bring a valuable perspective but also share original ideas and unique skills. Including the patient and family perspective changes the conversation and aligns the team’s focus towards common goals.