How Can We Enhance the Effectiveness of Addiction Recovery Programs?
2016 submission to the Select Standing Committee on Health
CMHA BC’s submission to the Select Standing Committee on Health is in response to the urgent need to improve our system of care and provide effective addiction recovery programs to British Columbians. In this submission, we present five key recommendations to support the implementation of recovery programs, including: formally and fully recognizing addiction as a chronic, treatable disease under BC’s health system; strengthening the provision of addiction care in the primary care setting; and expanding coverage for addiction treatment.
Budget 2017: An opportunity for bold leadership in mental health and addictions care
2016 submission to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services
This submission to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services makes a case for investment in the mental health and well-being of British Columbians. We look at what a B4Stage4 approach could look like and make four key recommendations to help spend smarter with a focus on prevention and early intervention.
Community-based Support for Mental Health and Substance Use Care
2015 submission to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services
In keeping with our past submissions to the provincial government’s Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services for its annual budget consultation process, we hope this submission can provide useful input to help ensure mental health and substance use receive a wise and fair allocation of provincial healthcare spending. In this submission, we highlight four priority areas for improved investment in BC: community-based mental health and substance use care, housing, income supports, and child and youth mental health and substance use.
Making a Difference Together: Realizing the vision of mental health for all
2015 submission to the Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth
CMHA BC’s submission highlights the successes of the Confident Parents: Thriving Kids parent training program in providing cost-effective support to families, and its alignment with several identified government priorities. The submission provides recommendations to invest further in the program in order to ensure ongoing support to families, as well as program evaluation activities and closer integration into child and you mental health, education, child welfare, and health systems.
Child and Youth Mental Health in BC
2014 submission to the Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth
CMHA BC’s written submission is in response to a review of issues related to child and youth mental health conducted by the BC Legislature’s Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth. The submission outlines what CMHA BC thinks the government can do to ensure mental health for all children and youth. It draws from a number of resources throughout the submission, including CMHA BC’s history of advocacy on this issue, the local experiences of CMHA branches, youth, the work of allied organizations (e.g. YoungMinds in the UK), and key reports including those produced by the BC. Representative for Children and Youth. The executive summary includes an articulation of CMHA BC’s vision of child and youth mental health in BC and CMHA BC’s take on the recommendations that can help us realize this vision in the near future.
BC disability consultation submissions
On December 3, 2013, the BC Government launched a province-wide consultation process designed to better understand how government, businesses, and communities can increase accessibility and decrease barriers for people living with disabilities. CMHA BC responded with two submissions:
- What would it take to make BC the most progressive jurisdiction for people living with disabilities? A submission of the Disability Without Poverty Network
- Disability White Paper Consultation 2014 – Ensuring mental health and addictions are part of the conversation A submission on behalf of CMHA BC and CMHA Vancouver-Burnaby