Vancouver Coastal Health is opening Connections, a new resource that will provide highly accessible addictions treatment and a range of services in the Downtown Eastside (DTES). Located on Powell Street near Oppenheimer Park, Connections will offer a welcoming drop-in environment offering nutrition, safety, and connections to other health services when clients are ready to transition.
You can be a part of this interdisciplinary team whose focus will be to reduce preventable health complications by engaging marginalized people through clinic-based and outreach services to reduce barriers and increase capacity to care for people with untreated addictions in the DTES.
Connections will provide primary care, harm reduction, and substance use treatment using a framework which includes trauma-informed practice and cultural safety most specifically for Aboriginal people.
Part of a continuum of services for people with chronic drug addiction, InSite was designed to be accessible to injection drug users who are not well connected to health care services. It’s part of a continuum of care for people with addiction, mental illness and HIV/AIDS. InSite is the first rung on the ladder from chronic drug addiction to possible recovery; from being ill to becoming well.
Many of our clients are older and have been using drugs for a long time. Their long-term drug use and chaotic lives have seriously compromised their overall health. About half of the people who use InSite are marginalized, which means they are homeless or living in shelters or have significant mental health issues.
Through InSite, clients develop trusting relationships with our health care and social workers, making them more likely to pursue withdrawal management (detox), addiction counselling and other addiction treatment services.
Intensive Case Management Team
The DTES Intensive Case Management (ICM) teams are part of Vancouver Coastal Health’s outreach service model. These multidisciplinary teams offer health services and support to people living in the Downtown Eastside who may not have a fixed address or have difficulty accessing existing services due to a variety of health-related reasons including unstable psychosocial issues.
The teams will serve clients with complex care needs who frequently use Emergency Departments and In-patient Services at hospitals. The Intensive Case Management teams will meet clients where they are at, and support shelters and housing providers to assist individuals with physical and/or mental health issues. The teams will be comprised of social workers, nurses, nurse practitioners, and health care workers with access to other clinical resources as required.
INTENSIVE HOUSING OUTREACH TEAM (IHOT)
The Vancouver Community Housing Intensive Case Management Teams support people transitioning from homelessness into housing (i.e., hotels, modular housing, Mental Health and Substance Use supported housing, etc.). We know that this transition can be complex and that many health needs begin to emerge as people are more connected to a social-services safety net, and have the space and energy to focus on something more than simply meeting their most basic needs.