News Release: Health Unit and Partners Seek Expressions of Interest for Safer Consumption Site
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For Immediate Release
Friday, August 21, 2020 | 4:45 p.m. | Windsor and Essex County
As a key component of the Windsor-Essex Community Opioid and Substance Strategy, the health unit and other partners have released a “Request for Expressions of Interest” for a space to house an eventual Consumption and Treatment Services site.
A Consumption Treatment and Services (CTS) site is one of many interventions that aims to meet the needs of people living with substance use dependence and create pathways toward recovery. These facilities offer clients integrated wrap-around services such as counselling, primary care, opioid-dependency treatment, and other health and social services in addition to providing a safer space for people to consume their substances. Further, these sites aim to reduce isolated substance use, and the improper discarding of substance use equipment (i.e., needles) while providing the presence of trained personnel in the event of an overdose.
According to Chief Executive Officer and Chief Nursing Officer, Theresa Marentette, the health unit has been gathering information from people who use substances, learning from sites which are already in operation, and working with its partners to ensure the application is reflective of the needs and concerns of the community. The final step though, before actually submitting the application is determining a proposed site. Marentette explained, “We have progressed as far as we can in completing the application, the next step is to determine a suitable space so that we can provide the provincial and federal governments with detailed information on the physical space”.
The health unit hopes to receive multiple submissions and intends to conduct a thorough community consultation to inform the actual site selection and identify concerns to be addressed prior to the site becoming operational. To that end, the health unit intends to work with law enforcement to conduct a community safety assessment on all spaces being considered and respondents to the expression of interest are being asked to provide detail related to the safety of their space and the surrounding environment.
The Request for Information / Request for Expression of Interest document is posted publically on the Merx Canadian Public Tenders website using the health unit’s standard procurement process. Interested property managers, building owners, or realtors are also invited to attend an information session taking place on August 28th via web conference, and are asked to RSVP by August 26th.