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Substance Abuse Program for African Canadian and Caribbean Youth (SAPACCY)

Substance Abuse Program for African Canadian and Caribbean Youth (SAPACCY)

For: Youth (aged 13-24) and their caregivers, siblings, extended family members and community elders

Providing: harm reduction treatment, family support, psychoeducation and support groups to treat addictions and concurrent mental health problems in Black youth, including:

• individual and family interventions conducted either at CAMH or in the community
• psychoeducational and support groups (4 or 16 weeks) conducted either at CAMH or in the community

Contact: 416 535-8501, ACCESS CAMH (press 2)

 

 

 

 

Agincourt Community Services Association – Eviction-Prevention Harm Reduction Program

Group Name: Agincourt Community Services Association – Eviction-Prevention Harm Reduction Program

Description: Today, ACSA (Agincourt Community Services Association) addresses a variety of issues including systemic poverty, hunger, housing, homelessness, unemployment, accessibility and social isolation. Over the years ACSA has been funded by all levels of government, several foundations, schools, local faith communities, and The United Way of Greater Toronto. Its strength remains in the original concept: To act as a bridge between people who need help and those who can provide it.

The Evictions-Prevention Harm Reduction Worker (EPHR worker) will provide short-term case management to clients at risk of or experiencing eviction due to substance use. The EPHR worker will be mobile and assist clients in the community with:

  • Mediation and/conflict resolution with landlords, neighbours and roommates,
  • Housing searches,
  • Tenant’s rights advocacy (e.g. Landlord & Tenant Board applications, mediation and hearings),
  • Referrals and accompaniments for mental health and addictions based appointments
    Financial management skills.

The worker will provide in-home harm reduction counseling in order to develop appropriate and effective techniques that will be relevant to the client’s lifestyle, specifically geared towards housing retention.

Where: 4155 Sheppard Avenue East, Suite 100 | Toronto, ON M1S 1T4

When: Gitanjali is in the office and out in the community on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. She checks email and telephone voice mails regularly.

Contact: Gitanjali Lena 416-321-6912 Ext. 225 | Mobile 416-684-6352 | 416-321-6912 | lgitanjali@agincourtcommunityservices.com | info@agincourtcommunityservices.com | www.agincourtcommunityservices.com

Casey House – Harm Reduction

Group Name: Casey House – Harm Reduction

Description: Casey House is a specialty HIV/AIDS hospital with community programming including home care and outreach programs. Founded in 1988, we were the first freestanding HIV/AIDS facility in Canada. Our commitment is to provide compassionate health care to people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. We provide services wherever they are needed, whether in our clients’ homes, at clinics, or on board the mobile health bus.

Harm Reduction at Casey House is an approach used to address health and wellness for people living with HIV/AIDS. A Harm Reduction approach not only recognizes that it is not realistic to keep people from engaging in certain activities, but also values people’s right to make choices for themselves. The core principle of harm reduction is that it is beneficial to prevent and reduce the harm that can be associated with drug use. Casey House’s approach to Harm Reduction will utilize a range of practical strategies. They include but are not limited to:

  • Matching care and interventions to your desired goals for health
  • Counselling
  • Condom Distribution
  • Methadone maintenance
  • Education to maximize safety for clients, staff and the environment

Where: 9 Huntley Street | Toronto, ON M4Y 2K8

When: Please call for more information.

Contact: 416-962-7600 | heart@caseyhouse.on.ca | www.caseyhouse.com

All Saints Church-Community Centre – Women’s Drop-In

Group Name: All Saints Church-Community Centre – Women’s Drop-In

Description: All Saints Church-Community Centre is committed to providing a safe and nurturing environment while enhancing the well-being of homeless and street-involved individuals from a harm reduction and human-rights based approach. All Saints provides friendship, social opportunities, group and individual creative expression opportunities, case management, counselling, advocacy, and sanctuary. These services are provided with respect, compassion, and without prejudice to all who seek them. We place people, their goals and needs, at the center of everything we do, and strive to create a place that is welcoming, supportive, and accessible.

All Saints Women’s Drop-In uses a harm reduction and human-rights based approach to work with women (trans-inclusive) who are engaging in sex work in the community. Grounded in the principles of social justice, we work to protect the rights, health and safety of sex workers who by choice, circumstance, or coercion remain in the industry. Our programs strive to address the impact that discrimination, poverty, violence and drug use have on the lives of individuals engaging in sex work. All Saints Women’s Drop-In embraces a non-judgmental, all-inclusive approach while providing a full spectrum of programs to address basic and immediate needs, long-term goal setting and life skills development. ***Women’s group available for women who are not in sex work.

Where: 315 Dundas Street East | Toronto, ON, M5A 2A2

When: Fridays from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. Women’s non-sex work related drop-in: Thursdays from 1:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m.

Contact: 416-368-7768 | admin@allsaintstoronto.com | allsaintstoronto.com

Regent Park Community Health Centre – Sex Workers Women’s Drop-in

Group Name: Regent Park Community Health Centre – Sex Workers Women’s Drop-in

Description: Regent Park Community Health Centre (RPCHC) was established in 1973. It is a non-profit, community-based organization dedicated to improving the health of Regent Park area residents and the community as a whole, by providing high quality, integrated primary health care services, health promotion services and community capacity building. Our priority is to reduce the health inequities experienced by low-income, immigrant & refugee, non-status and marginally-housed & homeless populations.

In partnership with Street Health Community Nursing Foundation, RPCHC provides a weekly harm reduction space for women who engage in sex work and/or struggle with drug use. Services provided during the Thursday program are shower, laundry, harm reduction supplies, health care and food. Also available are workers on site for “bad date” reports, individual support and information. Staff have experience with sex work and drug use.

Where: 465 Dundas Street East | Toronto, ON M5A 2B2

When: Thursdays: 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Service areas: south of Bloor, north of Lake Ontario, west of the Don River, east of Yonge Street.

Contact: Josie Ricciardi 416-203-4506 | www.regentparkchc.org

Regent Park Community Health Centre – Harm Reduction

Group Name: Regent Park Community Health Centre – Harm Reduction

Description: Regent Park Community Health Centre (RPCHC) was established in 1973. It is a non-profit, community-based organization dedicated to improving the health of Regent Park area residents and the community as a whole, by providing high quality, integrated primary health care services, health promotion services and community capacity building. Our priority is to reduce the health inequities experienced by low-income, immigrant & refugee, non-status and marginally-housed & homeless populations.

Harm reduction supplies and services reduce the health and social risks associated with alcohol and drug use — for the individual as well as the community. Staff distribute harm reduction information and materials on site and during outreach shifts. Workers provide information, referral and support to health and social services. Needle exchange supplies include stem kits, sharp containers, distilled water, ascorbic acid, syringes, alcohol swabs, filters and condoms.

Where: 465 Dundas Street East | Toronto, ON M5A 2B2

When: Monday – Friday: 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Thursday evening outreach shift. Service areas: south of Bloor, north of Lake Ontario, west of the Don River, east of Yonge Street.

Contact: Calvin Henschell or Dean Reid 416-364-2261 | www.regentparkchc.org

Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention – Harm Reduction

Group Name: Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention – Harm Reduction

Description: Founded in 1989, the Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention (Black CAP) has worked to meet its mission in our Black communities. Our work is also guided by our motto, ‘Because All Black People’s Lives Are Important’, and it stands as a reminder of the importance of our commitment to our community. The Mission of Black CAP is to reduce the spread of HIV infection within Toronto’s Black communities and to enhance the quality of life of people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS.

Harm reduction supplies (e.g. needles, condoms, crack stems, etc.) for anyone requiring them. Harm reduction practices are dedicated to reducing the social, health, and economic harms associated with activities such as substance use, drug distribution, sex and sex work. Harm reduction commits to meeting people where they are to reduce the risk of infections, communicable diseases, overdose, and violence.

Where: 20 Victoria St. 4th floor | Toronto, Ontario M5C 2N8

When: First and third Wednesday of every month. Drop in during business hours.

Contact: Andrea 416-977-9955 Ext. 254 | info@black-cap.com | www.black-cap.com

South Riverdale Community Health Centre – Women’s Harm Reduction

Group Name: South Riverdale Community Health Centre – Women’s Harm Reduction

Description: The South Riverdale Community Health Centre (SRCHC) is a community-based organization that offers primary health care services and health promotion programs to a diverse community. We strive to respond to local issues and provide services in active partnership with our clients, patients, neighbours, community groups and professional organizations. SRCHC is funded by the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network.

The Women’s Harm Reduction Program is for women who use illegal drugs as well as women who use illegal drugs and work in the sex trade. The program was established to reduce the gap between women and men accessing the COUNTERfit Harm Reduction Program. Harm reduction supplies (e.g. needles, crack stems, etc.), basic needs items (tampons, pads, underwear etc.), harm reduction counselling, support services and advocacy, referrals to doctors, nurses, counselors / case managers, detoxes, housing workers, shelters, Hep C education & treatment programs and more. *** Women can register, but are not required to. The COUNTERfit Harm Reduction Program offers client cards with or without a photo for those who want to register with the program. To issue a COUNTERfit Client Card, we need your full name, your date of birth, and the first two letters of your mom or dad’s surname. It is OK to access the program without registering or providing any identifying information.

Where: 955 Queen Street East | Toronto, ON, M4M 3P3

When: Women’s Harm Reduction Breakfast Drop-in: Tuesdays from 9-11:30 a.m. Women’s Hour: Mondays from 8-9 a.m.

Contact: Arlene Pitts 416-461-1925 Ext. 388 | www.srchc.ca | apitts@srchc.com

LAMP Community Health Centre – Harm Reduction

Group Name: LAMP Community Health Centre – Harm Reduction

Description: LAMP CHC is a multi-service, community based charitable organization that provides a wide range of programs and services to improve a person’s health. LAMP uses a co-ordinated approach to connect people to medical services and other programs that build personal resources. By providing services that improve physical, emotional, social and economic well being, people can better control their health and environment.

Harm reduction practices are dedicated to reducing the social, health, and economic harms associated with activities such as substance use, drug distribution, sex and sex work. Harm reduction commits to meeting people where they are to reduce the risk of infections, communicable diseases, overdose, and violence. Harm reduction supplies (e.g. needles, condoms, crack stems, etc.) for anyone requiring them.

When: Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.

Contact: Sarah Greig 416-252-9701 Ext. 287 | www.lampchc.org

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