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Project leaders selected for N.L. mental health plan

Health Minister John Haggie
Health Minister John Haggie

The provincial government is moving forward with its Mental Health and Addictions Action Plan.

The plan was released in June.

Leaders for seven project teams, which will be responsible to action the goals of the plan, have been selected and are now in place.

The teams will be made up of people and families with lived experience, policy makers, clinicians, regional health authority staff, and representatives from the community and government.

 The project team leaders are:

 - Michelle Healey, Promotion/Prevention Team

-  Kim Grant, Wait Times Reduction Team

-  Niki Legge, Inclusion Team

-  Heather Yetman, Health in Correctional Settings Team

-  Brad Clarke, Health in Schools Team

-  Colleen Simms, Service Redesign Team

-  Monica Bull, Provincial Services Team

 A leader for the eighth project team, Indigenous Health, has not yet been selected and will be determined in consultation with Indigenous groups.

For members of the project teams, an expression of interest was issued to find people interested in participating. The selection process is now underway and teams will be in place early this fall.

Meanwhile, a terms of reference is being finalized for the new Recovery Council.

It will provide guidance on progress in supporting patients and clients through the recovery process, in partnership with the Provincial Mental Health and Addictions Advisory Council.

“I thank those who will serve as the project team leaders,” Health and Community Service Minister John Haggie said in a news release Monday.

“As well, with more than 250 applications, we are very encouraged by the response from those interested in filling out these project teams. The teams, along with the Recovery Council and the Provincial Mental Health and Addictions Advisory Council, will steer the design of our Mental Health and Addictions Action Plan, helping to transform the overall system.”

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