Work updates from the task force
The task force outlines 23 priority actions in its report
September 10, 2014 – The task force completed its first phase of work and outlined 23 priority actions in the report:
This report will be brought forward to Council September 17, 2014.
The task force provided recommendations to Council, and the Ministry of Health and Vancouver Coastal Health provided updates to the City and its partners
June 17, 2014 – Task force members provided input into recommendations going forward to Council in September.
The Ministry of Health provided updates on the provincial 120-day response to the City of Vancouver, Vancouver Police Department, and Vancouver Coastal Health recommendations in September 2013.
Vancouver Coastal Health updated the task force on the Downtown Eastside Second Generation Strategy.
Task force members explored gaps and emerging areas of addictions
June 11, 2014 – Special guests from VANDU (Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users) and the St. Paul’s Goldcorp Addictions Specialist Fellowship program joined task force members in exploring ways to identify priority gaps and build on emerging areas of addictions.
Youth and task force members reviewed key priorities from the youth and aboriginal youth consultation and workshop
May 8, 2014 – Task force members and special guests (including young people with lived experience, youth-serving organizations, and health professionals) reviewed key priorities from the April 30 youth and aboriginal youth consultation.
Kris Archie, project manager for the Youth Homelessness Initiative at the Vancouver Foundation, gave an update on work at the Vancouver Foundation, including some background on the "Fostering Change" report and recommendations from the Youth Advisory Committee.
Youth and aboriginal youth consultation event
April 30, 2014 – The task force participated in a special youth consultation, in partnership with the Vancouver Foundation, youth, and youth-serving agencies, where participants review and prioritize key focus areas for special consideration.
Assistant deputy minister of health reported back on the mental health crisis
April 4, 2014 – Assistant Deputy Minister of Health Doug Hughes reported back on the status of the 120-day provincial response to the urgent mental health crisis.
Jonathan Oldman from The Bloom Group also presents on "Collective Impact" as a potential legacy project for the Mayor’s Task Force. Collective impact is when diverse organizations come together to solve a complex social problem.
Task force members attended youth and Aboriginal Peoples workshop
February 28, 2014 – Task force members met to explore perspectives on culturally relevant aboriginal and youth housing and support.
Task force members identified key indicators
February 21, 2014 – Task force members focused on ways to share strategic information, identify key indicators, and design a responsive, collaborative approach that will move from isolated to collective action in the mental health and addictions system.
January 31, 2014 – Members of the task force and Downtown Eastside Local Area Planning Committee attended a workshop with people who have lived experience of stigma related to mental illness and addiction
First official meeting of the task force
December 10, 2013 – The Ministry of Health provided a presentation on the provincial response to the City, Vancouver Police Department, and Vancouver Coastal Health's letter to the premier. The letter called for four key areas of action and discussed priority recommendations for care, support, and housing for people with serious mental health and addictions.
Task force established
October 30, 2013 – The Ministry of Health presented its response to the City, Vancouver Police Department, and Vancouver Coastal Health's September 30 letter to the premier asking for action on the mental health and addictions crisis.
Mayor hosted roundtable discussion
October 2, 2013 – The Mayor hosted a roundtable discussion—within the framework of the City’s Healthy City Strategy— about the urgent need for continued care and support for people with serious addictions and mental illness.
City and partners send letter to premier
September 2013 – The City, Vancouver Police Department, and Vancouver Coastal Health Authority sent a letter to Premier Christy Clark about the mental health crisis in Vancouver and recommend four key areas for immediate action.