National Supported Employment Community of Practice – First Inaugural Meeting

On September 18th and 19th in Vancouver, B.C. the Canadian Association of Supported Employment (CASE) and Mental Health Commision of Canada (MHCC), co-hosted the first face-to-face meeting of the National Supported Employment Community of Practice (CoP).

The CASE and the MHCC co-hosted the first inaugural meeting of the National Supported Employment Community of Practice (CoP) to support dialogue in the area of supported employment in order to advance best practices in the field.

Over 90 applications were received from an open Call for Interest and twenty-seven representatives from every province and territory (with the exception of the Yukon) were selected to participate. Meet the CoP here.

The goals of the CoP were to:

  • Connect thought leaders and community champions that are dedicated to advancing supported employment in their organizations and communities;
  • Create a space to share research, tools and resources, and expertise to support implementation, adaptation, and sustainment of evidence-based supported employment models and practices;
  • Establish regional networks of members who can connect and resolve issues between meetings;
  • Provide strategic advice to MHCC and CASE in order to facilitate systemic change at the national level; and
  • Work together to influence supported employment organizations and individuals across the country to take action to implement evidence-based approaches to supported employment.

The CoP’s vision statement is to eliminate employment barriers for people living with mental health challenges and illnesses. The following priority areas were selected by the CoP to advance this goal:

  1. Awareness and Education: Increase awareness and education to create a more inclusive work environment. For more information on how you can get involved in this group, contact Deb Hotchkiss at dhotchkiss@partnersinemployment.on.ca.
  2. Policy: Influence policy to increase employment outcomes for people living with employment challenges and illnesses. For more information on how you can get involved in this group, contact Maureen Haan at mhaan@ccrw.org.
  3. Practice: To equip employment specialists with training and knowledge to enhance and increase their employment outcomes for people living with employment challenges and illnesses. For more information on how you can get involved in this group, contact Annette Borrows at annette.borrows@southfraser.com.

Over the coming weeks and months, we will commit to sharing information about the work of the CoP and opportunities for those who are interested to become involved.

For more information about the National Supported Employment Community of Practice please contact Annette Borrows at Annette.Borrows@southfraser.com or Veronqiue Joncas at vjoncas@mentalhealthcommission.ca.