Community engagement: In Mission, Fraser Health has participated in and hosted various engagement activities, including hosting the Mission Child and Health Committee Forum at Mission Memorial Hospital where 25 social workers and support workers received information and training to support the overdose response.
Mission Active Support Table: As a participant, Fraser Health works in collaboration with Mission service providers to identify risk and provide support to individuals before they are in a state of crisis.
Education and Training
Naloxone training: Naloxone training is available through the Mission Public Health Unit, Mission Friendship Centre Society and Positive Living Fraser Valley Mobile Health Van. A number of community organizations have been trained, including Mission My House, Mission Aboriginal Friendship Centre, Mission Ministry of Children and Family Development and Fraser House Society.
Take Home Naloxone kits and harm reduction supplies: Take Home Naloxone kits and harm reduction supplies are available at Mission Public Health Unit, Mission Mental Health Centre, Mission Friendship Centre Society, and Positive Living Fraser Valley Mobile Health Van. Mission My House, Mission Aboriginal Friendship Centre and Fraser House offer enhanced overdose response.
Safe sharps disposal: Sharps disposal services are available at Mission Public Health Unit and Mission Friendship Centre Society.
Safe sharps recovery: Community members who find discarded sharps may contact Positive Living Fraser Valley and Mission Friendship Centre Society.
Surge outreach: Monthly, on weeks when income assistance cheques are issued and during periodic surges in overdose volumes, public health nurses and Mental Health and Substance Use clinicians conduct outreach to areas with high volume of overdoses to distribute Take Home Naloxone, intervene in overdoses, assess and refer people to treatment.
Opioid Agonist Treatment clinics: Improved access to first line treatment for opioid addiction (medications like Suboxone and methadone) by opening a clinic in Mission in October.
Outpatient substance use programs: Provided by a contracted agency in Mission, 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: Mission residents requiring treatment services have access to supports throughout the region. There are 465 beds that are a combination of:
- Withdrawal management beds
- Short-term access to recovery beds
- Stabilization transition living residences
- Intensive residential treatment beds
These services include specialized support for Indigenous men and women, young men and women ages 19 to 24, and women (including pregnant women).
Learn more about our regional supports and services.