VCH Mental Health & Substance Use Family Advisory Committees

Family advisory committees represent the diverse voice of families within Mental Health and Substance Use Services, with the objective of improving the care experience.

Within each of Vancouver Coastal Health’s (VCH) geographic Communities of Care, Family Advisory Committees facilitate the development and maintenance of a culture that supports family involvement, ensure that mental health and substance use service delivery reflects best practices of and family-centred care, and support the ongoing development of a culture of recovery in mental health and substance use services.

Family Advisory Committees (FACs) are supported by Family Support Involvement Coordinators, local support staff, as well as the Community Engagement team. Family support and involvement for Mental Health & Substance Use services at VCH is guided by the family involvement policy below.

VCH Family Involvement with Mental Health & Addiction Services Policy

Family Advisory Committees exist in the following VCH communities:

  • North Shore Mental Health & Substance Use Services Family Advisory Committee
    The North Shore FAC has helped to create this useful webpage for families of loved ones with mental health and substance use issues. They have also created a brochure called “What Families Need to Know During a Psychiatric Emergency” with information to assist family members, friends and other care providers of clients entering the Psychiatric Emergency Department on the North Shore.

  • Richmond Mental Health & Substance Use Services Family Advisory Committee 
    The Richmond FAC has created this brochure  to provide some very valuable information for families for when their loved one comes to hospital for Mental Health & Substance Use treatment. View the Chinese version of the brochure by clicking here. 

  • Sunshine Coast Mental Health & Substance Use Services Family Advisory Committee

  • Vancouver Mental Health & Substance Use Services Family Advisory Committee
    Read this this brochure to find out more about the Vancouver FAC.Visit the Spotlight on Mental  Health Website for more info on family involvement in Vancouver.

If you are interested in joining a VCH Mental Health & Substance Use Services Family Advisory Committee in your community, please get in touch with ce@nullvch.ca and we will connect you with the appropriate committee.