WANTED!  Family and Peer volunteers to sit on Regional Mental Health and  Policy and Procedure Councils  –  a second request 

We are looking for family member and peer volunteer advisers to be a part of our two regional mental health clinical policy and procedure councils  – Please consider sharing your lived expertise with one of these groups.

**This is a second request  – new deadline is September 11,  2015**

VCH Regional Acute Mental Health & Addiction Clinical Practice Council
And VCH Regional Community Mental Health & Addiction Clinical Practice Council

The Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) Regional Acute Mental Health and Addiction Clinical Practice Council   is looking for one family member or close friend of someone using acute mental health and/or addiction service, and two clients who have also used these services to join a current client representative on the council. (3 spaces available in total)

The council is interested in getting family/loved one and client input on policy matters as they pertain to Acute Mental Health and Addiction Services. Please review the attached terms of reference for the council.

Community members from all parts of the VCH service delivery are encouraged to apply, however in-person meetings take place in Vancouver. Local parking and or transit fares will be reimbursed.  We regret that out-of town expenses cannot be covered.  Meetings will be accessible by teleconference.

Additional Opportunity
The Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) Regional Community Mental Health and Addiction Clinical Practice Council is also seeking similar client and family representation.  (4 spaces total)

Reporting up to the VCH Regional Mental Health & Addictions (MH&A) Quality and Safety Council, the purpose of VCH Regional Acute Clinical Practice Council is to share information regarding clinical practice and develop regional clinical practice documents for acute mental health and addictions services.

The Acute CPC will promote excellence in Acute MH&A clinical service and practice by supporting continuous quality improvement processes to enhance client care and outcomes, using evidence based practice as the standard whenever available.

The VCH Regional MH&A CPCs will:

  1. Provide a process for the review, revision and development of Clinical Practice Documents (CPDs) relevant to services delivered by VCH MH & A Units and Programs.
  2.  Follow the review process and document format for CPDs, in the manner prescribed by VCH Regional Professional Practice.  Ensure that CPDs are congruent with existing policies in VCH Acute or Community, with the goal of standardizing policies and procedures within the region.
  3. Focusing on priorities established by the Region, the committee will develop policy documents that are patient-, client- and family-centered.
  4.  Establish communication mechanisms with discipline members within VCH Acute  or Community  MH&A services to provide and receive practice information  Link with external agencies/providers to promote coordinated service planning and integration
  5.  Promote opportunities for interdisciplinary networking, mentoring and professional development within MH&A services.
  6. Review the Council’s Terms of Reference every 12 months.

The opportunities:

The Acute CPC is looking for one family member and two clients to join the committee.  The committee meets every second month for 1.5 hours, currently the last Friday of every second month from 1:00 to 2:30 in Vancouver.

The Community CPC is looking for family members and clients to join the committee (4 spaces total) The committee meets monthly for 1.5 hours, currently the third Monday of the month 2:30-4:00 in Vancouver. 

If you are interested in applying for either of these councils, or would like to more about the opportunities, please contact Sue Macdonald at sue.macdonald@vch.ca
Thank you!

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