Special Action Committee (SAC)

Special Action Committee (SAC)

The Special Action Committee (SAC) is a group of dedicated peers who have been involved with Vancouver mental health services for many years. The key organizers volunteer to source, organize and host public education events for local peers. Funding for the events is provided by the Consumer Initiative Fund program, Vancouver Mental Health and Substance Use Services.


Key members of the SAC were former members of the past Special Advisory Committee, a legacy of the Greater Vancouver Mental Health Services days. Back then the Vancouver mental health teams sent representatives from their local client advisory committees to a larger community meeting for networking and to gather info to share back with their home committees.


Since 2015, the new SAC has organized approximately three workshops a year, covering a wide range of topics. Popular topics are repeated allowing more peers from across the city to attend. Attendance at the sessions averages about 35 people, with some hot topics attracting over 50 attendees.

The SAC welcomes suggestions for workshop topics and can be reached at  604-714-3771 ext. 2238

Topics Covered

February 2013
Changes to Disability Benefits (BC Coalition of People with Disabilities)

September 2013
RDSP in-person workshop (PLAN BC)

January 2014
MH Team client input requested regarding client Transitions to Other Community Services

June 2014
Service Canada re Federal Benefit Programs

October 2014
Employment Services for People with Disabilities (Service Canada/YWCA)

February 2015
Provincial Benefits for People on PWD after 65

June 2015
Side Effects of Psychiatric Medications (Dr. Ric Procyshyn)

October 2015
Changes to Provincial Benefits after Age 65 (Disability Alliance BC)

February 2016
ECT and Depression (Dr. Joseph Tham)

June 2016
ECT and Depression (Dr. Joseph Tham)

October 2016
A workshop for those on BC Disability Benefits  – Changes Provincially and New rules on Assets for Persons on PWD II

March 2017
Sleep Disorders

June 2017
VCH Crisis Response Team

October 2017
Mental Health Housing, a joint presentation by VCH Mental Health Supported Housing and BC Housing (videotaped)

February 2018
Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP)

July 2018
Eating Well for Your Wellbeing (a with a VCH Registered Dietician from the VCH Healthy Living program)

October 2018
Transit Safety

March 2019
Mental Health Act

June 2019
Changes to Disability Benefits

October 2019
Canada Pension Plan, Old Age Security, GIS and Other Benefits

February 2020
A Workshop on Brief Action Planning by the Centre for Collaboration , Motivation and Innovation

November 2020
Coping with Anxiety and Depression During a Pandemic – a talk by Dr. Tigerson M. Young

November 2021
A talk on Personal Safety

November 2022
BC Disability Benefits and Transition to OAS. Ask an Advocate, go here for more info