We have made an application to Health Canada to develop a harm reduction and treatment hub through using a wrap-around approach to support people to engage in and stay in recovery. We will do this by co-locating a number of services including harm reduction supplies and education, treatment and clinical services, outreach and assessment and testing. We will engage and train 50 peer workers who will work alongside staff from nine agencies to provide a wrap-around supports that includes ‘warm hand-off’ referrals. This will increase the number of harm reduction staff, sites and hours of operation, increase the number of outreach workers and the hours of operation for those. We will increase coordination and partnerships among the nine partner agencies and other programs and service providers to better serve those who inject and inhale substances and those in recovery. We will increase the knowledge and skills of those using substances as well as workers and peers to better serve clients. We will reduce the number of ER visits, and re-visits that occur within 30 days, by providing more comprehensive and connected services in the community. We will reduce the number of new Hep C infections and have more people tested and in treatment.
Stay tuned for news in the coming months to see if we are successful with our funding application.