Open Call for Applications: Family Member and Caregiver Representatives Committee

published on January 22, 2018

The BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) is looking for three (3) volunteer members to join the Family Member and Caregiver Representatives Committee.

If you have a loved one with an addiction or using substances problematically, or have lost someone to harms related to substance use (e.g., overdose), we want to invite you to join us in developing recommendations to address gaps in the existing system of addiction care and advocating for more effective drug policies.

Committee Mandate:

  1. Provide input and recommendations to the BCCSU for research, education, knowledge translation, and family engagement activities relating to substance use and addiction.
  2. With support from BCCSU staff, plan and implement initiatives to advance the interests and address concerns of family members and caregivers affected by harms related to substance use across BC.
  3. Represent the perspectives of the BCCSU Network of Family Members and Caregivers, a provincial group of families affected by harms related to substance use.

Committee Member Duties:

  1. Attend meetings (either in-person or by teleconference) held every two to three months and contribute thoughts and ideas from your perspective as a family member impacted by substance use or addiction.
    Participate in working groups focused on specific projects, which will meet (either in-person or by teleconference) as needed.
  2. Review drafts and provide feedback on BCCSU and other health system partner documents and resources (e.g. clinical care guidelines, family support handbooks) from your perspective as a family member impacted by substance use or addiction.
  3. Support advocacy initiatives for provincial legislation, policy, and funding to improve treatment and prevention of addiction and problematic substance use.

Note: Youth, siblings, Indigenous people and people of colour are strongly encouraged to apply.

If interested, please answer the following questions as much as you are comfortable and willing to share. Your information will remain confidential. A telephone call may be arranged if you are uncomfortable answering these in writing.

  1. How has substance use or addiction affected you and your family personally?
  2. Why are you interested in sitting on the Family Member and Caregiver Representatives Committee?
  3. Where do you live?

Please email responses to Leslie McBain, Family Engagement Lead, at lmcbain@cfenet.ubc.ca.

Please direct any questions related to this opportunity or the BCCSU’s Family Member and Caregiver Representatives Committee to Katie Mai, Community Engagement Coordinator, at kmai@cfenet.ubc.ca or by phone at 778-668-2432.

Background
The BCCSU is a provincially networked organization with a mandate to develop, help implement, and evaluate evidence-based approaches to substance use and addiction. By supporting the collaborative development of evidence-based policies, guidelines and standards, the BCCSU seeks to improve the integration of best practices and care across the continuum of substance use, thereby serving all British Columbians. The BCCSU prioritizes engagement with knowledge holders, seeking input from people who currently use or formerly used substances, family members and caregivers, and people in recovery.