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Thunder Bay Drug Strategy Implementation Structure

Thunder Bay Drug Strategy Implementation Structure 2012-2015 Adobe PDF, 4 pages, 700 KB

Overview: Working Groups to be struck to address TBDS 21 priority actions.
Membership of working groups to be diverse, and reflective of our pillars: Harm Reduction, Enforcement, Treatment, Housing, and Prevention. Working groups may have subcommittees or breakout working groups to address specific priority actions, but “main working group” chair to be the connection to the Implementation Panel.

Implementation Panel

VISION - To improve the health, safety and well-being of all citizens by working together to reduce the harm caused by substance use.
RESULT - The community of Thunder Bay implements actions to reduce the harms associated with substance use.
Chair: Councillor Rebecca Johnson
Coordinator: Cynthia Olsen
Priority Actions:
1.4 – Seek funding partnerships and opportunities to initiate a Centre of Excellence for Addiction Studies in Thunder Bay
Networking and partnerships
Training and strategic planning


Purpose/Results: To conduct research on behalf of the Thunder Bay Drug Strategy to improve the ability to work toward TBDS Eight Key Results.
Chair: TBD
Priority Actions:
5.12 – Conduct an environmental scan of programming and campaigns designed for post-secondary students
5.15 – Examine the feasibility of creating a pool of available and screened trustees for youth that access social assistance allowances
6.1 – Compile current community programs and services that provide system navigators, case management providers and street outreach positions
8.13 – Examine the feasibility of partnership programs that match clinical resource teams with enforcement teams to improve health outcomes for people who use substances
5.2 – Conduct an environmental scan to identify resources and gaps in parenting supports and programming for families
Central database and information sharing

Advocacy Development

Purpose/Results: To develop advocacy priorities from the Drug Strategy actions, to conduct advocacy for the TBDS at global, national, regional and local levels, to be available to other TBDS working groups to assist/consult on issues from an advocacy lens.
Chair: Patty Hajdu
Priority Actions:
3.1 – Advocate for the development of a Federal Housing Strategy that includes funding for social housing
6.13 – Advocate and support access to specialized emergency services for people with mental health and addiction issues
4.24 – Advocate to the Province of Ontario to increase the funding for the Ontario Works Addiction Services Initiative (ASI) (delivered through the District of Thunder Bay Social Services Administration Board) to ensure that program capacity meets community need
6.9 – Advocate that publicly funded and insured insurance cover the cost of suboxone as a treatment option for detoxification and harm reduction for opiate dependency

Community Education and Prevention

Purpose/Results (Key Result Five, Key Result Six, Key Result Eight)
To provide education and conduct prevention activities in schools, the community, and for caregivers in order to:  ensure all children and youth have optimal success and health; ensure people who use substances have optimal physical emotional and mental health; ensure community members are safe in their neighbourhoods.
Coordination Responsibility: Drug Awareness Committee
Chair: Sheena Albanese
Priority Actions:
5.1 – Support School boards and families to begin drug education based on supporting positive social and behavioural development at earlier ages
5.3 – Provide caregivers with access to current and evidence based information and education about how to delay or prevent their children from using substances
5.11 – Encourage schools and school boards to develop evidence based alcohol and substance use policies that use a restorative justice framework
6.18 – Educate the community about methadone maintenance therapy (MMT) and the principles of harm reduction
8.12 – Provide public education about substances, substance use, and legislation about substance use including impaired driving and promote local helping resources
Public education

Harm Reduction

Purpose/Results (Key Result Six, Key Result Eight)
To ensure people who use substances have optimal physical, emotional and mental health and to ensure community members are safe in their neighbourhoods. 
Chair: Melissa Scott
Priority Actions:
6.2 – Expand crisis response services to address various types of addiction related crises
6.8 – Form a working group to examine overdose prevention education/strategies
8.2 – Increase education to the community about how to safely dispose of needles
8.4 – Provide more needle disposal bins at key sites, including not-for-profit housing complexes
Crisis and emergency services (including crisis withdrawal management)
**Withdrawal Management Enhancement Pilot Project Steering Committee**
**SOS Pilot Project Steering Committee**

Maternal and Child Issues

Purpose/Results (Key Result Five)
To develop strategies for supporting pregnant women, new mothers who use substances and their infants to ensure all children and youth have optimal success and health and to ensure people who use substances have optimal physical, emotional and mental health.
Chair: Aimee Juan
Priority Actions:
5.16 – Create an interagency neonatal substance use working group to develop strategies for supporting pregnant women, new mothers who use substances and their infants to improve family health outcomes

Youth Issues

Purpose/Results (Key Result Five)
To engage young people in substance use awareness, advocacy and education through youth-led activities and to ensure youth have optimal success and health
Chair: Nancy Black
Priority Actions:
5.13 – Improve the range of treatment options for youth to expand and enhance off-site, school, community-based, and early onset approaches
5.14 – Create a working group to investigate the provision of harm reduction services for youth

Housing Access and Supports

Purpose/Results (Key Result Three)
To work towards all people in Thunder Bay having access to safe, appropriate and affordable housing, and to improve access to housing that supports people on the healing continuum
Coordination Responsibility: Thunder Bay Housing & Homelessness Coalition
Chair: Nicole Latour
Priority Actions:
3.7 – Allocate sustainable operational funding to local emergency shelters based on adherence to shelter standards that promote acceptance and inclusion of persons who use substances
3.13 – Create a personal identification (ID) storage program for vulnerable populations
3.14 – Create housing options that follow the Housing First philosophy
Housing First program
Shelter programming
Supported housing
Transitional housing
Social housing