The Mental Health and Addiction Plan builds upon existing strengths within Atlantic First Nations communities and has five aspirational goals:
Goal 1: To value culture as the foundation.
Goal 2: To create a high quality First Nations community-based continuum of mental health and addiction services and supports to support healing and wellness.
Goal 3: To provide culturally appropriate and high-quality care facilitation for every First Nations client.
Goal 4: To support and grow a competent First Nations community-based mental health and addiction workforce.
Goal 5: To demonstrate a First Nations-led, strengths-based change process that keeps First Nations people at the centre of all initiatives.
The Health Partnership directed their Mental Wellness Committee and APC in early 2020 to begin the evaluation process of the Mental Health and Addictions Plan. Research Power Incorporated has been contracted to lead this process under the guidance and direction of the region’s First Nations communities.