From Community Action Initiative <[email protected]>
Subject News from CAI
Date November 12, 2019 11:39 PM
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News from Community Action Initiative
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** November 2019 News & Notes

** Here's what's going on at CAI
* Community Counselling Grant Recipients Announced
* Registered Supportive Recovery Assisted Living Residence Training Grants
* Municipal Community Wellness and Harm Reduction Grants
* Q&A with Malcolm Tourangeau and Chris Livingstone
* Community Updates & Learning Opportunities
* What's Caught Our Attention


** Community Counselling Grant Recipients Announced

Community Action Initiative, in partnership with the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions and the Ministry of Health, is pleased to have awarded 29 Community Counselling Grants to organizations across British Columbia.

The announcement was made on November 4th by Judy Darcy, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, at Gordon Neighbourhood House. The 29 organizations have received funding to support a broad range of mental health and substance use services - these services include easy-to-access counselling, with a focus on individuals who face barriers accessing the supports they need.

To view a full list of Community Counselling Grant recipients, visit our website ([link removed]) .

** Registered Supportive Recovery Assisted Living Residence Training Grants
A Training Bursary Fund is available to Registered Supportive Recovery Assisted Living Residences. The goal of this fund is to strengthen the quality of services and comply with new Assisted Living Regulations that govern supportive recovery residences.

Operators who are in financial need can apply for a maximum of $8,000 per residence to support training needs related to legislative changes.
* Residences registered for 4-10 units may apply for up to $4,000
* Residences registered for 11-30 units may apply for up to $6,000
* Residence registered for 30+ units may apply for up to $8,000

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until December 2020. All courses must be complete, and receipts submitted by December 31^st, 2020. Only fully completed application forms will be considered.

For more information, visit our website ([link removed]) .

** Municipal Community Wellness and Harm Reduction Grants
In partnership with the Provincial Overdose Emergency Response Centre (OERC) and the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions, we are offering funding for Community Wellness & Harm Reduction Grants.

Funding is available for municipalities and regional districts who propose harm reduction projects or initiatives focused on a range of support services and strategies designed to enhance the knowledge, skills, resources and supports for individuals, families and communities to be safer, healthier and more inclusive. Collaboration with local community-based organizations, local First Nations communities and Indigenous service providers is encouraged.

Funding ranges from $15,000 to $50,000 per community as determined by identified need and size of municipality.

Applications and important application guidelines are available online on our website ([link removed]) .

Applications must be completed through the CAI Online Grant System and are due by Monday, November 18th, 2019.

** Q&A with Malcolm Tourangeau and Chris Livingstone

This month, Malcolm Tourangeau and Chris Livingstone joined us at the CAI office to answer questions about their work as members of CAI’s Overdose Prevention and Education Network (OPEN) Evaluation Steering Committee (ESC).

Formed in 2019, the ESC grew from a significant finding in OPEN’s 2018 Phase 2 evaluation which identified that coalitions in the network recognize the importance of centering the role of peers in overdose prevention and response work. Findings also suggest that harm reduction efforts became more widespread in locations where coalitions are active, and where coalitions exist, community awareness of the overdose crisis increased.
We asked Malcolm and Chris to answer questions related to their work with OPEN and the ESC.
Visit our website to view the Q&A ([link removed]) !


** Community Updates & Learning Opportunities
PHABC Conference 2019 – Simplifying Complexity: Public Health Approaches & Practice to Complex Systems

Have you registered for the 2019 PHABC Conference? Registration is still open - don't miss out!

The Public Health Association of BC invites you to attend their fall conference and annual general meeting, happening this year at the Sutton Place Hotel in downtown Vancouver on November 14th and 15th, 2019. This year’s theme will build on that of our annual summer school, “Simplifying Complexity: Public Health Approaches & Practice in Complex Systems,” and will explore sub-themes of food systems & security, immunization & infectious disease control, wicked problems in health equity, and overdose response and safe supplies.

The PHABC conference provides the opportunity for professionals throughout the province to meet, mingle, and learn through a unique combination of keynote presentations, case studies, symposia and hands-on workshops. The conference aims to teach attendees how to identify complex systems in their work using complex adaptive systems thinking while simultaneously showcasing innovative and collaborative methods of promoting health at the population level.

To learn more and to register, visit the PHABC website ([link removed]) .
Vantage Point Membership Drive

Want to be a part of public policy discussions and recommendations to support not-for-profits in BC?

Become a Vantage Point Member! By becoming an organizational member your board, staff, and volunteers can participate in advocacy work for the sector. This is your opportunity to be heard and strengthen the voice of BC's not-for-profits.

Every Vantage Point member registered by November 18^th gets the chance to win a free on-site workshop.
To learn more about Vantage Point, membership benefits and to become a member, visit the Vantage Point website ([link removed]) .
Applications for Gathering Our Voices (GOV) exhibitors are open now and can be submitted through the GOV website ([link removed]) .

This is an opportunity to connect with 1,500+ Indigenous youth (ages 14-24 years) at the Career and Education Fair. The fair will take place over two days, March 17-18, 2020 at the Coast Kamloops Hotel & Conference Centre.

For more information about Gathering Our Voices and to register as an exhibitor, click here ([link removed]) .

** What's Caught Our Attention
Check out what's caught our attention in November 2019!
Visit the blog section of our website to access videos, articles, books and other media related to the Mental Health and Substance Use sector.

This month's entry includes an interview with two members of OPEN's Evaluation Steering Committee with Vancouver Co-op Radio

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