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Member, Office of the Auditor General Report (OAG) on Tertiary Adult Mental Health Recommendations Implementation Project Working Group



Open to Provincial Region, Patient partners across BC


Do you have an interest in working with health care leaders to improve adult tertiary mental health across the province?

Open to: Patient partners across BC

Lead Organization or Department

BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services, Strategic Mental Health and Substance Use Initiatives (an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority)


The goal of this project is to implement recommendations related to adult tertiary mental health services in BC. The purpose of engaging patient partners in this work is to have the perspective of those who have lived experience with all aspects of these services so we can better improve mental health care. Specifically, in this phase of the project the patient partner will contribute to developing a continuum of services for clients with complex and multiple needs who are currently experiencing gaps in current services. These clients include those with a significant mental health diagnosis and acquired brain injury, developmental delay or a history of extreme violence.

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.


  • Adults with lived experience with mental health services and system as a client or family member (including those in broader circle of care, such as friends)
  • Previous experience participating in a working group or similar committee (not a requirement but would be an asset)
  • If you have a strong interest in this work but have not yet completed a PVN orientation and volunteer agreement, are unsure if your experience is a good fit or feel another format of engagement would work better with your availability, please contact the engagement leader directly


  • Vacancies: 3
  • Format: Due to the provincial nature of this work, most working group meetings will be conducted remotely, using teleconference and web conferencing. Working group meetings will occur at least twice monthly, beginning in early March.
  • Commitment: up to 6 months


BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services will cover expenses including travel (mileage, etc.) although most of this work is expected to be conducted by teleconference. Any charges relating to long distance phone calls will also be covered. Expenses will be reimbursed within 2-4 weeks.


In May 2016, the Office of the Auditor General of BC (OAG) released focused on adult tertiary mental health in BC. The BCMHSUS Strategic Mental Health and Substance Use Initiatives Team was created to execute the work outlined in the OAG recommendations. Work is now underway with the OAG Advisory Group, comprised of representatives from the MoH, regional health authorities and First Nations Health Authority, to address the ten recommendations over the next two years. The role envisioned for the patient partner is to participate in working group meetings in order to provide client and family perspective on addressing the needs of clients with complex and multiple needs who are currently experiencing gaps in services. The patient partners will be interacting with senior adult mental health leaders, medical directors and other staff from all of the health authorities across British Columbia. Given the professional codes of ethics of these staff (health authority employees), there are no potential risks identified at this time. They will also be interacting with BCMHSUS employees, including directors and project managers.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Jacquelyne Foidart
Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement | Thompson Cariboo


From Our Community

Jeanette Foreman

Northwest Quality Improvement Lead, Quality and Innovation, Northern Health

Jeanette Forman

PVN has really helped us engage with patient partners to improve health services at Northern Health.  It is more and more becoming the norm to include patients in the design, delivery and evaluation of health services.  PVN education and supports, involving patient partners, have enabled us to develop the capacity to include the patient voice to make care better and achieve better health outcomes.