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Member, Provincial Special Committee on Adult Mental Health & Substance Use

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Open to Provincial Region, Patient partners across the province

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Would you like to join a provincial committee on adult mental health and substance use (AMHSU)? If yes, consider joining the Adult Mental Health & Substance Use Network Initiative to work alongside other stakeholders to increase awareness of the issues, identify gaps and help align what is currently happening in AMHSU services across BC.

Open to: Patient partners across the province

Lead Organization or Department

Doctors of BC, Shared Care Committee (SCC)


1. Provide an integrated provincial forum for AMHSU stakeholders where provincial directives meet patient, family and local community needs. 2. Ensure the alignment of all work addressing the AMHSU populations across the Joint Clinical Committees. 3. Provide recommendations regarding all SCC AMHSU work 4. Provide support and guidance for AMHSU Initiative Sub-Committees: TBD at September 30th meeting 5. Make recommendations to SCC and other stakeholders 6. Provide feedback to initiative/program staff The patient partners will bring their insights and knowledge of AMHSU services to the committee and assist in identifying gaps that need to be addressed.

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.


Open to patient partners across the province who: • Have experience either first hand or from a family/caregivers perspective with mental health and/or substance use services • Are comfortable sharing their story • Are comfortable providing feedback in a group setting amongst different stakeholders • Are comfortable attending virtual meetings via Zoom Please note that informal interviews will also be a part of the recruitment process. 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 Cassy Mitchell.


• Number of vacancies: 1-2 • Date and Time: Quarterly meetings. First meeting to be held September 30, 2020 from 10am-12pm • Location: Virtual meetings • Commitment: Seven months to a year


Pre-approved travel expenses will be reimbursed by Doctors of BC if in person meetings become an option in the future.


The committee will be comprised of specialists, family practitioners, ministries, and patient partners with the intention to facilitate inter-professional collaboration and utilize the collective expertise to create and share innovative ideas for the 2021 AMHSU strategic plan. The committee will facilitate a culturally safe environment and safety guidelines will be indicated in our Terms of Reference. In addition, the staff lead will offer regular confidential check-in opportunities to ensure the patient partner is provided with a psychologically and emotionally safe space to express themselves. Please reach out to for more detailed information such as a member list and Terms of Reference.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Cassy Mitchell
Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement

From Our Community

Terri McKinlay

Patient Partner, Penticton

Terri McKinlay

The Patient Voices Network has provided Rylee and me the ability to channel our experience into positive change for others. Our voice in decision making, planning and partnerships for mental health care is having a profound impact on our healing process.