Community engagement: Employees have participated in a number of community engagement activities, including an overdose prevention forum with SHARE in the TriCities.
TriCities Homelessness and Housing Task Group: Fraser Health participates with members from non-profit and government agencies, local government, community groups, members from the business community and concerned citizens to advocate for housing issues in the community. In 2016, the task group secured low barrier housing in the TriCities, including 30 shelter beds, 30 transitional house beds and 30 beds for extreme weather events. Fraser Health’s focus is in connecting people to care services, if needed, and linking groups to harm reduction supplies.
Education and Training
Naloxone training: Naloxone training is available through Newport Public Health Unit and Stride with Purpose Mobile Health Van. A public health nurse has provided naloxone training in partnership with various community service agencies to community recovery homes, housing shelters and to youth.
Take Home Naloxone kits and harm reduction supplies: Take Home Naloxone kits and harm reduction supplies are available at Newport Public Health Unit and Stride with Purpose Mobile Health Van. The TriCities Health Unit Youth Clinic also provides sexual health and harm reduction supplies.
Safe sharps disposal: Sharps disposal services are available at Newport Public Health Unit and 3030 Gordon Project (RainCity).
Safe sharps recovery: Community members who find discarded sharps may contact the Stride with Purpose Mobile Health Van to arrange collection.
Surge outreach: Monthly, during cheque issue week and during periodic surges in overdose volumes, public health nurses and Mental Health and Substance Use clinicians conduct outreach to areas with a high volume of overdoses to distribute Take Home Naloxone, intervene in overdoses, assess and refer people to treatment.
Outpatient substance use programs: Provided by a contracted agency in the TriCities, outpatient substance use programs include school-based prevention services, individual and group counselling, family support, psycho-education and opioid agonist treatment.
Substance use treatment beds: Anmore, Belcarra, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody residents requiring treatment services have access to supports throughout the region. The 465 beds are a combination of sobering centre mats, withdrawal management, short-term access to recovery, stabilization and transitional living residence and intensive residential treatment beds. Of these beds, 15 Stabilization and Transitional Living Residences for individuals post-detox that require additional support are located in the TriCities.
DEWY (Day, Evening, Weekend Youth): Two DEWY intensive day treatment programs for youth located in Coquitlam (serving Fraser North including Surrey/Delta) and Langley (serving Fraser South including Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows). Four additional mobile DEWY cycles will be provided on a one-time basis prior to the end of 2017/28. Each cycle supports 12 youth through a five week program.
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