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2022 Accomplishments

  • Forensic Assertive Community Treatment team: In partnership with the Ministry of Health, BCMHSUS announced the new Forensic Assertive Community Treatment (FACT) team. A first-of-its-kind intervention in B.C., the FACT team is aimed at preventing criminal justice issues by supporting clients' mental health and substance use needs. Modelled on ACT teams, which have resulted in substantially better outcomes for individuals and their communities, the FACT team will serve the Fraser South region.
  • Concurrent Disorders Toolkit: The Online BCMHSUS CD Competency Toolkit is an innovative new educational resource for those who provide services to people with concurrent mental health and substance use challenges, including health care professionals, staff in complex care or supportive housing units, outreach workers in drop-in centres, and more. The toolkit is designed to guide learners through a self-assessment of their skills and knowledge and to then set learning goals for professional development.
  • BC Concurrent Disorders Conference: The second annual BC Concurrent Disorders Conference focused on the theme "Access, Quality & Capacity." Participants discussed and learned from people with lived experience, and national and international experts who work in concurrent disorders, about how to collectively improve B.C.'s mental health and substance use system of care. The event welcomed over 1,300 registered attendees.
  • Concurrent Disorders Webinar Series: The Concurrent Disorders Webinar Series is a quarterly webinar series to help patients and families understand topics relating to co-occurring mental health and substance use challenges, or concurrent disorders. Participants learn about things like trauma-informed practice, the Mental Health Act, the forensic system, and more.
  • Provincial Mental Health and Substance Use Learning Rounds: In keeping with our commitment to promote knowledge translation and exchange, BCMHSUS launched Provincial Mental Health and Substance Use Learning Rounds. The bi-weekly virtual events provide a platform for staff, clinicians, researchers and others to gain a deeper understanding of issues specific to mental health and addiction treatment, and to inspire new ideas for improving care.
  • Provincial Mental Health and Substance Use Network: In order to address gaps in the province's mental health and substance use care system, BCMHSUS created the Provincial Mental Health and Substance Use (MHSU) Network. Made up of diverse stakeholders and perspectives, the network provides an evidence-informed way to solve systemic challenges faced by people with complex needs relating to mental health, substance use issues, acquired brain injury, developmental disability, challenging or aggressive behaviours or involvement with the criminal justice system.
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