CAMH’s Provincial System Support Program (PSSP) works with partners in a variety of sectors to put in place evidence-informed solutions to some of the system’s trickiest problems. Our projects and initiatives are often large-scale and provincial in scope, and focus on implementing change. Our areas of focus and expertise include implementation, knowledge exchange, evaluation and data management, and health equity and engagement.
PSSP has always integrated a variety of perspectives in our work and sought feedback from people who have personal or family experience of mental health and addiction problems.
Now, we are excited to establish the Lived Experience & Family Advisory Panel at PSSP to provide this vital form of input to our projects and initiatives.
You may remember similar initiatives such as the Evidence Exchange Network (EENet) Persons with Lived Experience and Family Member’s Advisory Panel. That panel is now transitioning to form the basis of this new, program-wide panel.
We are seeking new members to join this panel and contribute important feedback and perspectives of lived experience to our system change work.
WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR?
- Members with skills in critical thinking, analysis, stakeholder engagement
- Members with knowledge of health equity and the social determinants of health
- Members who can collaborate and work with people who have different viewpoints, have respectful and honest dialogue, and incorporate broader system-level perspectives into their contributions.
WHAT IS YOUR ROLE AS A PANEL MEMBER?
You would work with other panel members to provide advice and feedback to PSSP projects and initiatives, as well as to external partners and organizations doing system-level work in Ontario.
You would also be able to participate in regular capacity-building opportunities offered to panel members to strengthen and support their work.
The panel will meet in Toronto four times per year and, panel members will be provided with the appropriate background materials to help you prepare for each meeting. During meetings, you will hear from the consulting project team and will
have an opportunity to ask questions, discuss and provide your insights. You will receive an honorarium for your participation in each meeting, as well as for any time spent preparing. Your travel to and from the meetings will be paid, and the
cost of accommodations and expenses will be covered for those coming from outside the Greater Toronto Area.
If there is a meeting you cannot attend in person, you will have the option to attend by teleconference. Please note that all meetings will be in English.
WHO CAN APPLY?
Anyone in Ontario with personal or family lived experience of mental health or addiction problems can apply to be a panel member. We define “family” broadly — a relative, partner, close friend, or supportive person. Our current skill and diversity mix would benefit from recruiting people in the 18 to 35 age range, newcomers, Francophones, those from racialized groups, people that identify as First Nations, Inuit and Métis, as well as those from rural areas and small communities, including those in northern Ontario. We encourage people with experience working at the system-level to apply, such as experience with advisory boards, public speaking, peer support, or advocacy work. We are looking for people with a variety of backgrounds and perspectives, so if you do not fit this mix, please do not let that deter you from applying.
HOW TO APPLY
WHAT ARE THE NEXT STEPS?
We will be conducting telephone interviews with potential new panel members in January, 2019. Not everyone who applies will be offered an interview, but we will let everyone who applies know the status of their application. If you are offered a position on the panel, you will be asked to review the Terms of Reference and agree to the commitments outlined in that document. We will be hosting a full-day orientation in the New Year to welcome new members
and regular panel meetings will start in 2019.