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Mental Health Review Panel Roster

Competition #: 467
Ministry: Health
Opening Date: 07/31/2017
Closing Date: 09/10/2017
Role: Public Members
Role Required

The Minister of Health is seeking Albertans interested in serving as public members on the Mental Health Review Panel Roster starting in spring 2018.

Are you passionate about protecting patient rights? Do you have an interest in Alberta’s mental health system? Are you looking for ways to give back to your community and further your professional development? If you answered yes to any of these questions, serving on the Mental Health Review Panel Roster may be just the opportunity you are looking for.

Location
Public members will be appointed to the north, central and south panels; however, travel may be required to cover all three panels.
About the Agency

The roster plays an important role in protecting the rights of patients in facilities and individuals subject to community treatment orders.

The roster is an adjudicative body that considers applications pertaining to:

  • cancellation of admission and renewal certificates for patients detained in designated facilities;
  • return of a patient to a correctional facility after treatment;
  • cancellation of community treatment orders;
  • patient competence to make treatment decisions;
  • administration of treatment to patients who object to it under the Mental Health Act (Act).

The roster provides services to cover the three regions: Edmonton and North (North Panel), Central Alberta (Central Panel), and Calgary and South (South Panel).

The roster has one chair and one vice-chair appointed to each panel (six in total). In addition to the chairs and vice-chairs, the roster includes psychiatrist members, physician members, and public members

Role Description

This is an excellent opportunity for those wishing to provide a valuable service to their community, and for those interested in helping uphold the rights of mental health patients in our province. This unique position provides a multi-faceted insight into Alberta’s health care system as well as continued professional development.

  • Public members will take part in hearings, meetings and business of the roster.
  • Members also participate in meetings, both scheduled and ad hoc as deemed appropriate by the chair, to conduct the business of the roster.
  • Members are required to review the application package prior to the hearing date.
  • Flexibility in scheduling and ability and willingness to travel is required.
  • Roster members must be able and willing to drive a personal/rented vehicle and/or car pool with other panel members.
Skills and Experience Required

Applicants should have:

  • a basic knowledge of Alberta’s health care system.
  • prior group decision-making experience is considered an asset.
  • flexibility in their schedules to attend hearings as needed.

Relevant Professional/Volunteer Experience

Governance experience with knowledge or expertise in board governance in the private, public and/or volunteer/non-profit sector is an asset.

Specialized Contextual Knowledge

Government/public policy knowledge:

  • Knowledge of the Act, related regulations and human rights, privacy and other legislation that impacts the work of the roster, as well as administrative law principles.

Personal Effectiveness Skills

Communication/ listening skills :

  • Ability to listen and review information from multiple sources

Critical thinking/problem solving skills:

  • Ability to analyse and synthesize information from several sources
  • Group decision making

Specialized knowledge of mental health is not required, but applicants must be comfortable interacting with individuals with mental health issues.

Remuneration and Time Commitment

Public members receive remuneration in accordance with the Mental Health Review Panel Regulation and Committee Remuneration Order, Schedule 1, Part A (OC 466/2007). A member of a committee shall be paid:

  • $164 for up to and including four hours in any day, or
  • $290 for over four hours and up to and including eight hours in any day, or
  • $427 for over eight hours in any day, spent on the business of the committee.

Rates are subject to review. Members may also be reimbursed for expenses incurred in the course of performing their duties as members in accordance with the Public Service Relocation and Employment Expenses Regulation and the Government of Alberta’s Travel, Meal and Hospitality Expense Policy.

The number of hearings may vary from one year to the next. In 2015-16 the roster held 2,038 hearings across the three panels.

  • The North Panel held 764 hearings.
  • The Central Panel held 265 hearings.
  • The South Panel held 1,009 hearings.
Additional Documentation

The following will not be considered for appointment:

  • Government of Alberta employees; and
  • Individuals whose appointment would result in an actual or perceived conflict of interest that cannot be managed.

Although efforts will be made to draw upon members who reside in or near communities where the hearing will occur, substantial travel may still be required to fulfill this role.

Shortlisted candidates will be required to undergo a Criminal Record Check.

This competition may be used to fill current and future public agency vacancies.

In addition to your cover letter and resume, we require the following documents to complete your application:

  1. Conflict of Interest Form
  2. Eligibility Form
  3. Biography

Conflict of Interest and Eligibility Forms need to be dated and signed. You can scan and submit through your online application or via email. Or you may choose to mail the forms to the contact provided.

Contact Information

Sharlene Stayberg Director, Mental Health
Alberta Health 24th Floor, ATB Place North Tower
10025 Jasper Ave, Edmonton AB T5J 1S6
Phone: 780-415-2609
Email: mhrp@gov.ab.ca

How To Apply

Carefully read the Recruitment Posting and the Position Profile to ensure this is an appropriate opportunity for you. Applicants are advised to provide information that clearly and concisely demonstrates how their qualifications meet the advertised requirements.

Online applications are preferred. To apply, click on the 'apply' button, create or sign into your account in the ePAAS system; upload your resume, view the listing under Current Opportunities and click on 'submit application'. The uploaded resume will be automatically attached.

Provide a short (maximum 200 words) biography using the Biography template found under additional documents section. Your biography should contain general information about your education, experience, community involvement, skills, etc. Please note that biographies may be edited for length and clarity.

Once your biography and other required form(s) are completed, save it to your PC. When you hit 'submit application', you will be prompted to upload additional documents. Drag and drop (or upload) your completed cover letter, biography and other form(s) into the 'Drop files below or click to upload' section before clicking the 'apply' button.

If you are unable to apply online, please submit a cover letter and resume, quoting the recruitment posting competition number, to the contact provided on the posting. We thank all applicants for their interest. All applications will be reviewed to assess which candidates' qualifications most closely match the agency's requirements. Only those selected for interviews will be contacted to advance to the next step in the appointment process. You can check the status of each competition on-line at https://www.alberta.ca/public-agencies.cfm.

All potential candidates will be screened for potential conflicts of interest. Please Note: Successful applicants will have the following information about them made publicly available on the Public Agency Secretariat Website: name, biography, public agency, and position title.