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Provincial Mental Health & Substance Use Network

The Provincial Mental Health and Substance Use Network is an evidence-informed way to better serve people with complex mental health and substance use issues, through collaboratively identifying issues and ideas, and creating system-level change in B.C.

Who We Are and What We Do

The Network brings together people with lived experience and a wide range of stakeholders from healthcare and related sectors in a dynamic structure designed to facilitate and accelerate knowledge translation and exchange (KTE). 

As an incubator for new ideas, the Network helps advance innovation with respect to system-level issues to improve access to and quality of care for people with complex needs. The Network also connects various other system-level efforts to create synergy, drive scalability, and optimize impact. 

Our Aims   

  • Identify unmet needs and challenges faced by individuals with mental health, substance use, and other complex care needs. 
  • Foster collaboration and participation among diverse stakeholders across sectors, disciplines, regions, and perspectives. 
  • Facilitate KTE through sharing expertise, experiences, and insights to problem solve for innovative solutions that make a difference. 
  • Support implementation of evidence-informed policies and practices that improve access to, and transitions between, services and supports that meet people's needs and preferences.
  • Promote evaluation, continuous learning and improvement to enhance service planning and the delivery of services and supports.

Our Principles

  • Person-centred: Activities are informed by both the expertise of people with lived and living experience, and aligned with provincial priorities.
  • Cultural safety and humility: Respect, value and include the cultural diversity rights, views, and experiences of Indigenous persons in membership and activities, and in the delivery of culturally appropriate health services.
  • Collective decision-making: Share both responsibility and participation in decision-making, communication, determination and advancement of our activities among members.
  • Equitable and diverse engagement: Collaborate, partner, and seek representation from a range of individuals, sectors and regions to ensure diverse perspectives, expertise, and insights. To co-create and co-implement solutions to improve mental health and substance use services for people with complex needs.

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