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As people transition into the new modular housing, Fraser Health will provide a number of health care services, including primary care and support for mental health and substance use concerns. In addition, Fraser Health will continue to provide support to people in the Maple Ridge community who are homeless.
A Fraser Health nurse practitioner actively reaches out to vulnerable at-risk individuals in the community to identify and address their primary care needs, including the needs of people who have transitioned into the modular housing or are homeless. The nurse practitioner meets people wherever they are located, whether it is in new modular housing, the primary care clinic at the Salvation Army, or in the community. The nurse practitioner also provides primary care to people who are connected to the Intensive Case Management team.
If a person residing in modular housing needs support for a mental health and/or substance use concern, modular housing site staff will connect them to a case manager based in the community who will provide ongoing care. To support people who are homeless and may have mental health and/or substance use concerns, a public health nurse, mental health nurse and substance use outreach worker actively engage with people in the community who do not have housing.
The clinicians regularly interact with the homeless population, and provide harm reduction supplies and vaccinations to people as needed. When appropriate, the clinicians will connect people to primary care services, mental health services, and/or substance use services in the community and will encourage people to seek treatment in a clinical environment if a higher level of care is required.
Fraser Health will continue to provide outreach health services to people wherever they are located. These services include mental health assessments, harm reduction services, medication monitoring and provision, linkages to treatment services, and assistance in accessing primary care.
The Maple Ridge Intensive Case Management (ICM) team is operated by RainCity Housing and Support Society. In Maple Ridge, the ICM team is a team-based model of care, providing services to people with severe substance use concerns who may be mentally ill and homeless.
The ICM team includes mental health and substance use clinicians, a nurse practitioner, an addiction physician, a psychiatrist, housing outreach workers, and peer support workers who work with this vulnerable population to provide them with services to find and maintain housing. They help a person address their substance use, mental illness, general health and other needs in order to stabilize their lives. The team will go to wherever a person is located to provide the services they need.
The goal of this team, including care providers and community partners, is supporting people to recover and integrate back into the community.
In Maple Ridge, Fraser Health has robust services to engage with people who have mental health and/or substance use concerns.
Maple Ridge Mental Health and Substance Use Services engages with clients and meets them wherever they are located in the community. For example, some clients may be comfortable receiving care in a clinical environment, while other clients may need support from an outreach worker who meets them in the community.
Maple Ridge Mental Health Services provides a broad range of supports to clients, depending on what their needs are. These services include:
In Maple Ridge, Fraser Health contracts Alouette Addictions Services to provide substance use counselling, harm reduction supplies, and first-line treatment for opioid use using medications such as Suboxone and methadone.
For more information about community-based mental health and substance use support services available in Fraser Health, please visit Fraser Health’s website.
Harm reduction refers to policies, programs, and practices that aim to reduce the health, social, and economic consequences of substance use without necessarily reducing the amount of substances a person uses.
Harm reduction practices provide access to services to all members of the community, connect and care for those who use substances, reduce sexually transmitted infections, and help reduce substance-related harms including infections, the spread of disease, and the number of deaths due to overdose.
Get New/Sterile Supplies Safer injection and safer smoking supplies help to reduce the risk of spreading HIV and Hepatitis C, and are available throughout Fraser Health communities and public health units. The Maple Ridge public health unit is located at 400-22470 Dewdney Trunk Road.
Get Take Home Naloxone Naloxone is a safe and highly effective medication that reverses the effects of opioid overdose.
Naloxone is available in BC without a prescription. Take Home Naloxone kits and training are available at no cost for community members who use substances or have a history of substance use, and/or are likely to witness and respond to an overdose.
For a list Take Home Naloxone distribution sites in Maple Ridge, please visit Fraser Health’s website.