Mental Wellness and Addictions Recovery Action Plan

Expression of Interest for Mental Wellness and Addictions Recovery Advisory Group

The Department of Health and Social Services invites interested members of the public to submit an application to serve as a representative on the NWT Mental Wellness Addictions Recovery (MWAR) Advisory Group. The MWAR Advisory Group is comprised of one lead member and 8 maximum regular members who are appointed by the Deputy Minister of Health and Social Services. The lead member is appointed to a two-year term, and regular members are appointed for a one-year term, both with the option of renewal.

Background

In February 2018, a Mental Wellness and Addictions Recovery Advisory Group was implemented in the Northwest Territories to provide knowledge and strategic advice to the Department of Health and Social Services that is rooted in lived/living expertise with mental wellness and substance use health. This action stems from the ongoing commitment to continually engage with individuals and families to provide meaningful and effective care for mental wellness and addictions recovery to NWT residents. While this group will not replace all other public engagement activities, it is a way for the voices of NWT residents to continually impact projects, policy, programming, and other activities taking place at the Department level.

Individuals who serve on the MWAR Advisory Group will be gifted with monetary honoraria in accordance with established GNWT rates for their time.
 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities 

  • Interpersonal skills and ability to work as part of a team
  • Strong listening and communication skills
  • Knowledge of and experience with mental health and addictions challenges (personally or as a caregiver/ carer)
  • Well-developed analytical and decision-making skills exercising objectivity and sound judgment
     

Requirements

  • Lived/Living experience with mental wellness and addictions recovery:
  • Individuals who have lived/living experience with a mental health concern as well as experience with mental health services; and/or
  • Individuals who have lived/living experience with substance use as well as experience with substance use services; and/or
  • Individuals who have lived/living experience supporting an individual (family/friend) experiencing challenges with mental health and/or substance use.
  • Flexibility and a willingness to travel for annual meetings/training opportunities; and
  • Ability to meet with MWAR Advisory Group via telephone, webinar, or other as needed.

Assets

  • Professional training or relevant experience in mental wellness and addictions recovery or related areas.
  • Knowledge of communities and mental wellness and addictions recovery services and supports within the NWT.
  • Prior group decision-making and board or committee experience.

Deadline for applying is May 31, 2024

Applications should be marked “Northwest Territories MWAR Advisory Group”.

 

Please send a resume, experience, current contact information and two references by May 31th, 2024 to:

Department of Health and Social Services | 6th Floor, Tatsaotı̨̀ne (tah-sah-t’ee-neh) Building
Mental Wellness and Addictions Recovery Division
PO Box 1320 | 5015-49th Street | Yellowknife, NT | X1A 2L9
Email: mha@gov.nt.ca | Fax: (867) 873-7706

Only individuals selected for interviews will be contacted. Seats are to be filled by individuals reflecting diversity and gender balance in composition.