Community forums and events: Forums on the overdose crisis with the Community Network and Maple Ridge Division of Family Practice, as well as a community dialogue with the Greg Moore Youth Centre. Staff also attend Ridge Meadows Ministries community dinners each week to share information. The School District held two Fentanyl Forums, one in 2016 and one in 2017, in collaboration with Fraser Health and other partners.
School support: Fraser Health partnered with School District 42 on a workshop on prevention and health promotion with youth in response to the overdose crisis. This event brought together 90 School District representatives, mental health and substance use workers, and public health service providers to learn about evidence and trauma informed education skills to activate youths’ resiliency while reducing potential harms related to substance use, including overdose events.
In partnership with the School District Parent Advisory Committee, Fraser Health created a fact sheet for distribution at school graduations to parents and youth.
Community overdose response committee: The committee includes peers with lived experience, Alouette Addiction Services, the City of Maple Ridge, RainCity Housing, the Salvation Army, the Maple Ridge School District (school board and Parent Advisory Committee members), first responders including the Fire Department, other community service providers and Fraser Health. The committee meets monthly and updates to the City’s Social planning Advisory Committee. The committee has supported a community poster campaign, Farmers Market booths, community forums, fact sheets for businesses, parents and youth, as well as wallet size resource cards on where to access harm reduction supplies. In addition, the committee is steering a stigma reduction project using PhotoVoice, funded through the CARBC Opioid Dialogues grant.
Education, Training and Public Awareness Campaigns
Naloxone training: Naloxone training is available through the Maple Ridge Public Health Unit, Ridge Meadows Ministries (Salvation Army), Rain City, Alouette Addictions and Stride with Purpose Health Van (Lower Mainland Purpose Society for Youth
Internal campaigns: For release in fall 2017, an internal communications campaign will target frontline emergency department staff, including those at Ridge Meadows Hospital.
Overdose prevention sites: In December 2016, Fraser Health opened overdose prevention sites in four communities, including two in Maple Ridge. These sites ensure a health care professional is nearby to administer naloxone if a person consumes substances and overdoses. When a person is receptive, the sites also play an important role in connecting them to treatment, as well as other health care and community supports.
Take Home Naloxone kits and harm reduction supplies: Take Home Naloxone kits and harm reduction supplies are available at Maple Ridge Public Health Unit, Maple Ridge Mental Health Centre, Ridge Meadows Ministries (Salvation Army), Alouette Addictions, RainCity Housing and Stride with Purpose Health Van (Lower Mainland Purpose Society for Youth and Families). Mobile services are available in various locations across the City including the St. Anne Camp.
Safe sharps disposal: Sharps disposal services are available at the Maple Ridge Public Health Unit, Stride with Purpose Mobile Health Van, Alouette Addictions and Ridge Meadows Ministries.
Safe sharps recovery: Alouette Addictions, RainCity Housing and Lower Mainland Purpose Society for Youth and Families undertake regular sweeps of key locations, including the St. Anne Camp in order to identify and safely dispose of any discarded sharps. Community members who find discarded sharps may contact Stride with Purpose Health Van to arrange collection.
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: Opioid Agonist Treatment clinics: Opened a clinic in Maple Ridge to improve access to first line treatment for opioid addiction (medications like Suboxone and methadone). Since opening in mid- July, there have been 170 clients served.
Intensive Case Management (ICM): In Maple Ridge, Fraser Health partnered with BC Housing to implement an ICM team to support people with a severe substance use disorder who face complex challenges related to health, housing, and poverty, and face barriers in accessing existing health or social services.
Outpatient substance use programs: Provided by a contracted agency in Maple Ridge, 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: Maple Ridge 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. The following services are located in Maple Ridge:
Stabilization and Transitional Living Residences (STLR): 219 beds, including 4 for youth, for individuals post-detox that require additional support. 26 of these beds are located in Maple Ridge.
Intensive Residential Treatment (IRT) beds: 165 IRT beds for adults (including 4 for youth and 22 for young adults 19-24 years old) in five owned and operated/contracted programs. 60 of these beds are located in Maple Ridge. IRT Services and Supports offer an intensive program experience for people 19 years and older with serious substance use issues within a residential setting, supported by qualified and trained health care providers. Programs include group-based and individual educational and counselling sessions, meals, recreational, social and life-skills building opportunities. Programs are usually 35-70 days.
Riverstone Home/Mobile Detox/Daytox: Medically supported residential and home services for people in Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Mission, Agassiz, Hope and Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows communities.
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