In May 1995, the RCFC was first formed as a Steering Committee of Richmond mental health consumers to advise on priorities for Richmond’s first allocation of annualized Consumer and Family Initiatives Funding.
The Steering Committee recommended the funds be used for a Peer Support Program and to help fund a partnered weekend drop-in program at Pathways Clubhouse. A third recommendation proposed that the two initiatives be developed and overseen in partnership with the Steering Committee, which would remain involved as a permanent and self-governing “Richmond Consumer and Family Council” (RCFC).
The RCFC was granted Non-Profit Society status in July 1999 and is accountable for the administration of newly acquired annualized funding granted by the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority. Along with Non-Profit status the RCFC adopted a new name: “Richmond Mental Health Consumer and Friends Society.” However the acronym RCFC remains with us as a legacy.