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Our Harm Reduction room provides a safe and welcoming environment for people to discuss safer drug use and safer sex practices, and/or get referrals to programs and other supports at our centre and in the community.

We provide a range of harm reduction supplies, materials, and equipment including safer injection and smoking equipment and Naloxone.

The Fixed Site of the RPCHC Harm Reduction program is located at 465 Dundas Street East on the ground floor.

Location

465 Dundas St. E.
(Ground floor)

Hours

Monday: 9am – 7:30pm
Tuesday: 12pm – 7:30pm
Wednesday: 9am – 7:30pm
Thursday: 9am – 7:30pm
Friday: 9am – 5pm

Contact

Lindsay Windhager
416-203-4506 ext. 2283
Lindsayw@regentparkchc.org

Overdose Prevention and Response Training

These workshops are conducted by Harm Reduction Workers from RPCHC. Their primary focus is on Opioid overdose and overdose prevention.

If you are an agency or group who work with or come in contact with people at risk of overdose, please feel free to contact us to book a workshop

Who is the training for?

  • Front line CTS/OPS/SIS workers
  • Harm Reduction/Outreach workers
  • Shelter and Drop-In Workers
  • People who use drugs
  • The public or anyone who feels they would benefit from this information

Topics include

  • Harm Reduction Approaches
  • When to call 911 and the good Samaritan
  • Overdose Act
  • Recognizing ODs, Opiates-Respiratory depression
  • Grand mal seizures, overamping
  • Fentanyl muscle rigidity and Atypical Overdose
  • What to do for an overdose
  • Naloxone training
  • Airway management and rescue breathing
  • When to use chest compressions
  • AED deployment
  • Pulse checking
  • Recovery position
  • Running various overdose scenarios with manikin and audience
Location

465 Dundas St. E.
(Ground floor)

Hours

Monday: 9am – 7:30pm
Tuesday: 12pm – 7:30pm
Wednesday: 9am – 7:30pm
Thursday: 9am – 7:30pm
Friday: 9am – 5pm

Contact

Lindsay Windhager
416-203-4506 ext. 2283
Lindsayw@regentparkchc.org

Women’s Drop-In Program

The Women’s Harm Reduction Drop-In is a sex-work positive program for women, trans and non-binary people who use drugs.

The program offers open discussion, harm reduction education and support and access to health care and case management resources. The group engages in group activities as well as educational workshops, art projects, guest speakers and discussion. Breakfast is served.

Location

465 Dundas St. E.

Hours

Thursday: 9am – 11:30am

Contact

Lindsay Windhager
416-203-4506 ext. 2283
Lindsayw@regentparkchc.org

Community Needle Pick Up

RPCHC provides information and training to individuals who use drugs on how to safely dispose of syringes and drug use equipment.

We provide sharps containers for individuals to safely store their used drug use equipment until they can return it to an appropriate location. There are 22 needle drop boxes in areas across the city, including one located outside our 465 Dundas Street East main site. These drop boxes allow people to safely dispose of drug use equipment at any time.

In our harm reduction and CTS programs, we promote safe disposal and spread awareness of needle exchange programs and resources. RPCHC also responds to reports of inappropriately discarded drug use equipment in the community. We are also part of a broader community response to inappropriately discarded drug use equipment in the downtown east.

Contact

Lindsay Windhager
416-203-4506 ext. 2283
Lindsayw@regentparkchc.org

Ground Floor Social Work / Case Management

The ground floor social worker team works with community members who are experiencing homelessness and who require case management support, supportive counselling and/or individual advocacy.

Individuals interested in meeting with the ground floor social workers can drop in on Wednesday morning for the WOW clinic or can call for more information.

Location

465 Dundas St. E.

Hours

Monday: 9am – 5pm
Tuesday: 12pm – 5pm
Wednesday: 9am – 5pm
Thursday: 9am – 5pm
Friday: 9am – 5pm

Contact

Danielle Koyama / Fiona Husband
416-203-4506

Shower/Laundry and Support

We provide a daily shower and laundry program on a first-come-first-serve basis for clients who are homeless.

Clients need to register with staff and are limited to one load of laundry per week.

Location

465 Dundas St. E.

Hours

Monday: 9am – 3:30pm
Tuesday: 12pm – 3:30pm
Wednesday: 9am – 3:30pm
Thursday: 9am – 12pm (women), 12pm – 3:30pm (coed)
Friday: 9am – 3:30pm

Contact

Dean Reid
416-203-4506

W.O.W. (Wednesday One-Stop Walk-in)

W.O.W. (Wednesday One Stop Walk-in) is a program designed to increase access to a wide range of health care services for vulnerable and homeless clients.

People who are homeless, marginally housed, seniors with cognitive impairment and people with mental illness sometimes have difficulty keeping scheduled appointments. This program gives them access to services such as clinical care with physicians, nurses/nurse practitioners, case management / social work and housing, without a prior appointment and minimal waiting time.

Location

465 Dundas St. E.

Hours

Wednesday: 9:30am – 11:30am

Contact

W.O.W (Wednesday One-Stop Walk-in)
416-203-4506

Housing Support Worker

The housing support worker provides culturally sensitive support, primarily to immigrants and newcomers, homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Services include assistance in applying, accessing and maintaining housing, short-term case management, advocacy (individual and systemic), assistance with income support and housing referral information.

Our housing worker collaborates with other agencies to provide housing supports, develop and maintain partnerships with housing providers, such as TCHC, to support recently housed and prospective tenants.

Location

465 Dundas St. E.

Hours

Monday to Friday: 9:00am – 5:00am

Contact

Lesa McPherson
416-203-4506

Street Harm Reduction Outreach

The community outreach worker and harm reduction worker connect with homeless clients to develop ongoing relationships, assist with information and provide individual advocacy, resources, referrals, as well as short-term and long-term support to individuals living on the street.

Our outreach worker can help with a range of issues, including housing, income supports, medical referrals, access to harm reduction supplies and support to deal with drug or alcohol abuse.

Location

Street outreach

Hours

 Daytime and evening outreach times

Contact

Calvin Henschell/Lindsay Windhager
416-203-4506

Women’s Art Afternoon

The women’s art afternoon is a weekly community art project that allows women who share the common experience of poverty and homelessness to engage in art-making within an open studio concept.

The program provides a wide range of art activities in a supportive environment. The program is offered at the Adelaide Resource Centre for Women.

Location

Adelaide Resource Centre for Women,
67 Adelaide Street E., 3rd floor

Hours

Thursday: 1:30 pm – 4 pm

Contact

Josie Ricciardi
416-203-4506
Informal Intake: new clients must be currently homeless

Health Card and Identification Replacement Clinic

Identification is necessary to apply for subsidized housing and income assistance programs (such as Ontario Works), receive appropriate health care and access many other programs and services in Canada. The health card and identification replacement clinic is a joint partnership with the Street Health Community Nursing Foundation on the third Wednesday of every month.

Staff is available to process birth certificates, ‘record of landing’ (ROL), social insurance number cards and help you replace your health card.

Location

465 Dundas St. East
Please check-in with 1st-floor Reception for location

Hours

Every 3rd Wednesday of the month: 10am – 12pm

 

Contact

Dean Reid
416-203-4506

Consumption and Treatment Service (CTS)

During a time where the opioid emergency has taken the lives of over 4000 Canadians, the Regent Park Community Health Centre has expanded existing harm reduction services to include a Consumption and Treatment Service (CTS).

This service is intended to provide low barrier, life-saving harm reduction services in a stigma-free environment to help reduce the growing number of opioid-related overdose deaths.

Available Services

  • Supervised injection, oral and intranasal drug consumption
  • Naloxone and overdose response training
  • Distribution of harm reduction supplies
  • Referrals to primary care, detox, drug treatment, and social services
  • Accompaniments to appointments
  • A weekly day for women, trans and non-binary individuals who use substances
  • Peer support
  • Healthy snack options
  • Case management
  • STI testing
Location

465 Dundas St. East, 1st floor

Hours

Monday: 9am – 6:15pm
Tuesday: 12pm – 6:15pm
Wednesday: 9am – 6:15 pm
Thursday: 9am – 6:15pm (Women, Trans and non-binary day)
Friday: 9am – 3:15pm

Contact

Sydney Ferguson
416-203-4506

What’s the deal with Women’s Day?

Every Thursday the CTS services are reserved for women, trans and non-binary individuals only. The CTS recognizes that individuals need safe spaces to use drugs and want to support everyone in meeting their needs.

For everyone’s safety and comfort we use the following guidelines to share the space:

  • Women, trans and non-binary individuals have priority access to the injection room all- day
  • Women, trans and non-binary individuals who are in the space already will not be asked to share the space with male-identified individuals at any time of the day
  • Women, trans and non-binary individuals who want to be accompanied in the injection space by a male friend or partner for support or injection assistance can ask the staff about availability
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