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ADSTV Position Statement of Safe Opiate Supply

Addiction Services of Thames Valley (ADSTV) supports all efforts to reduce the impact of opiate use on the population and community as per our Vision Statement above. The services we support include Consumption and Treatment Sites, Needle Exchange and Safe Opiate Supply (SOS) as well as access to addiction treatment as desired

A safe opiate supply strategy is grounded in harm reduction. The challenges associated with the COVID-19 crisis have exacerbated drug overdose deaths in Ontario broadly. In May 2020, Ontario had the highest number of opiate related deaths since 2018. Public Health Ontario reported that May 2020 had the highest number of opiate deaths since 2003.

SOS addresses this problem by providing a safe supply of what might otherwise be a lethal drug, the use of which has extensive social costs and burdens. A Safe Opiate Supply provides a process for:

  1. Valuing the life of every human regardless of life choices;
  2. Providing opportunities for users to access service options along the continuum of care if they choose;
  3. Reducing costs associated with overdose in the health system and community.

The opportunity to provide a Safe Opiate Supply would also address the documented inequities in the health care system where marginalized people are disproportionately represented in both overdose and COVID deaths.

View full position statement here.

2020-11-25T13:12:59-05:00novembre 25th, 2020|

Information Regarding COVID-19

July 29, 2020 – UPDATE

Beginning the week of August 31, ADSTV will begin the gradual increasing of face-to-face services.
As many are aware, our agency experienced a delay in this increase due to insurance concerns. We are pleased to share that these concerns have been resolved and we are ready to increase in-person services in a gradual way and with caution.
Not everyone may be ready or able to return to receiving services in-person. It is important that we provide choice and options for virtual services for our clients. We will maintain the virtual services  (phone, video, website) we have offered since March.
The safety and health of our team, clients, and the community continue to be of utmost importance to ADSTV. We are working diligently to finalize procedures, protocols, and policies that will help us offer quality services that are flexible, should there be any changes required by public health recommendations.
As we prepare to welcome more clients and colleagues to our many points of access, we are working on:

  • Reconfiguring our workspaces to meet current capacity guidelines
  • Assuring adequate PPE supply
  • Establishing new cleaning protocols
  • Strengthening training for infection prevention and control

We are hard at work to ensure we continue to support the health and safety of those connected to ADSTV.

When arriving at any ADSTV Point of Access, attendees will be screened before entry. We ask that all entering our locations are masked upon arrival. Our team will be wearing appropriate PPE for the setting and service. In the coming weeks, we will share the final details of how we will offer services within the guidelines provided by public health.

We welcome any feedback about your expectations of our return to in-person service as well your experiences with our virtual service model.

We thank you for your patience and understanding and look forward to our increased capacity.

Cliquez ici pour la version française.

Click here for our virtual service contact information.


MAY 15, 2020 – UPDATE:
With the first phase of reopening Ontario beginning May 19, many businesses and organizations have been given the green light to move forward with face-to-face business models as they are able. ADSTV is included in this list of organizations and businesses that are able to begin the process of reopening to the public.
As an organization, we have taken much care and consideration in adjusting our service delivery model to operate in a virtual space. At each step of this process, the integrity of our services as well as the safety of our team, clients, and the public have been our top priority. As we begin to navigate our return to offering face-to-face services, our priorities remain the same. While some businesses and organizations will be opening their doors Tuesday morning, ADSTV will continue to offer phone and virtual services while working remotely. Exceptions include the addiction medicine services for nicotine replacement therapy as well as at the Rapid Access Addiction Medicine Clinic at 648 Huron Street in London and the housing supports provided by Street Level Women at Risk and Addictions Supportive Housing.
We are in the process of developing policies and procedures, procuring protective equipment, as well as creating the appropriate spaces to deliver services in a face-to-face setting. We are actively working to return to face-to-face services, as they are appropriate, safe, and manageable for our staff, clients, and community. We will continue to share announcements regarding changes to services, as they are available.

APRIL 29, 2020 – UPDATE:
ADSTV is please to announce that we have launched a selection of our Supportive Information Sessions online! They can be found here.
Should you have any feedback regarding our online sessions, we invite you to complete our survey here.
If you require immediate assistance while completing a session, please contact us at519-673-3242

APRIL 3, 2020 – UPDATE
At this time, ADSTV has made the decision to continue with phone-based and online services until further notice.
We have also moved many of our team to working remotely in effort to maintain safety.
We will continue to monitor the situation and explore options to maintain low-barrier services for our clients.
We thank you for your continued understanding.

MARCH 17, 2020 – UPDATE
Due to concerns regarding COVID-19, as of 8:00 p.m. March 17, 2020, ADSTV is moving temporarily moving away from face-to-face service. We will maintain service by phone and web, but will not be open to the public. This will be in effect until April 6, 2020 at which time, service delivery will be re-evaluated. Our agency is doing our best to maintain services while practicing social distancing and current public health recommendations.
To reach our agency for services, call 519-673-3242.
Intake services will be available by phone from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Monday-Friday.
You will be able to connect with your assigned clinician by phone Monday – Friday. We will also be offering short-term support to clients whose assigned clinician is unavailable for a call.
RAAM Clinic remains open.
We are working to maintain low-barrier service delivery and at this time, are continuing to explore other options. We will update our website with materials and additional support options in the coming days.
This is an important step in flattening the curve of COVID-19. In advance, we thank you for your patience and understanding.
To view our full statement, view this LINK.
To view our full statement in French, view this LINK.

March 16, 2020 – UPDATE
ADSTV continues to monitor the public-health landscape in relation to COVID-19. We are making adjustments to services to ensure the safety of our staff, clients, and community. We will continue to adjust services as required.
As of March 16, 2020 we will not be offering childminding services until further notice.
As of March 16, 2020 St. Thomas Walk-In Intake for March 17, 2020 is cancelled as is Woodstock Intake for March 18, 2020.
Please contact us at 519-673-3242 to be redirected to alternative intake services.
We will continue to screen attendees of our points of access and we encourage our clients, staff, and partners to practice social distancing, diligent hand hygiene, and, as required, self-isolation. Those who exhibit symptoms and have recently travelled should contact their public health unit and/or attend a COVID-19 Assessment Centre.
In London, the COVID-19 Assessment Centre can be found in the Oakridge Arena at 825 Valetta Street.

UPDATE:
At this time, ADSTV will be postponing our drop-in Supportive Information Sessions (SIS) Sessions at all sites. Other services and groups are not impacted at this time. We will also be screening those scheduled and arriving at our sites for symptoms of COVID-19. Stay tuned for further information.

At Addiction Services of Thames Valley, the wellbeing and health of our clients, staff, volunteers, and community is of the upmost importance. At this time, we will not be suspending services in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, however, we will be closely monitoring the situation at hand and are prepared to act as required. At this time, we ask that those feeling unwell, experiencing respiratory symptoms, fever, chills, sore throat, or runny nose refrain from attending our points of access.
We are recommending all adhere to COVID-19 guidelines produced by The World Health Organization, Health Canada, Ontario Health, and local health units.
If you have recently travelled and are experiencing:
• Cough
• Fever
• Difficulty breathing
You should self-isolate contact your local health unit for further instruction.
It is recommended that all who have travelled monitor their symptoms and avoid large crowds for 14 days.
For those who have travelled to higher risk destinations, such as Italy, Iran, or Hubei Province (China), you should contact your local health unit upon return to the county and regardless of symptoms, self-isolate for 14 days.
How can you protect yourself and your family?
• Stay home when you are sick.
• Wash your hands with soap and warm water often, for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Cover coughs and sneezes with your sleeve; or cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue, then throw the tissue in the garbage.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Clean and disinfect high-touch objects and surfaces frequently.
For further information: Please see the following links:
2020-08-05T10:19:42-04:00mars 13th, 2020|

We’re looking for your feedback!

ADSTV is working with CMHA Oxford, CMHA Elgin, and CMHA Middlesex to see if becoming one organization would benefit our clients and we want to hear from our clients.

In conjunction with our partners, we are hosting feedback sessions and would love for you to attend.

Please see this link to register for a session that works for you!

2020-01-22T11:52:09-05:00janvier 22nd, 2020|

2019 Holiday Hours

If you are in crisis you have several choices:

You may contact Reach Out 24/7 at 519-433-2023. The toll-free number is 1-866-933-2023. They can help you with next steps or connect you to the Support Line, which can also be reached 24/7 at 519-601-8055. The toll-free number is 1-844-360-8055.

You may go directly to the Walk-In Mental Health & Addictions Crisis Centre 24/7 for walk-in crisis assessment and support at 648 Huron Street in London near Adelaide and Huron.

If you are in withdrawal please contact the Withdrawal Management Centre at 519-432-7241 or go to the nearest emergency department for medical assistance.

 

London Office (200 Queens Ave)
December 23 – 8:30 am – 8:00 pm
December 24 – 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
December 25 – CLOSED
December 26 – CLOSED
December 27 –8:30 am – 4:30 pm
December 30 – 8:30 am – 8:00 pm
December 31 – 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
January 1 – CLOSED
January 2 – 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

January 3 – 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Woodstock Office (35 Metcalf Street)
December 23 – 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
December 24 – 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
December 25 – CLOSED
December 26 – CLOSED
December 27 –8:30 am – 4:30 pm
December 30 – 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
December 31 – 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
January 1 – CLOSED
January 2 – 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
January 3 – 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

 

St. Thomas Office (10 Mondamin Street, Suite 109)
December 23 – 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
December 24 – 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
December 25 – CLOSED
December 26 – CLOSED
December 27 –8:30 am – 4:30 pm
December 30 – 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
December 31 – 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
January 1 – CLOSED
January 2 – 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
January 3 – 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

 

RAAM Clinic London
December 23 – 8:00 am – 11:00 am & 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
December 24 – CLOSED
December 25 – CLOSED
December 26 – CLOSED
December 31 – CLOSED
January 1 – CLOSED
January 2 – CLOSED
2019-12-05T16:30:22-05:00décembre 5th, 2019|

Request for Proposal for Integration Coordinator

CMHA Elgin, CMHA Middlesex, CMHA Oxford and Addiction Services of Thames Valley, the four LHIN-funded providers of adult mental health & addiction services in Thames Valley, have recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to explore a more integrated system of services for clients and families by establishing a new single community organization.  The integration process will be overseen by a Transition Council composed of board and senior executive representatives from the four health service providers.
The partners are seeking a full-time contract Integration Coordinator to guide the team through the process and manage the project deliverables.  CMHA Middlesex, as administrative lead for the integration process, will hold the contract; but the position is accountable to and reports to the Transition Council.
All interested parties should forward their submission electronically on or before Friday, July 5, 2019 at 4:00 pm to:info@cmhamiddlesex.ca

Request for Proposal for Integration Coordinator

2019-06-27T13:18:31-04:00juin 27th, 2019|

Alert from Southwestern Public Health – Fentanyl Overdoses

Through the period of May 29 and June 1, there were more emergency department visits for unintentional opioid overdoses than expected in both Elgin and Oxford Counties.

Southwestern Public Health has received anecdotal reports of Naloxone being used more frequently as well as reports of blue fentanyl circulating in the community.

In the event of a suspected overdose, call 911, administer Naloxone, and stay with the individual until emergency services arrive.

If you use substances, don’t use alone, avoid mixing substances, start with a small amount first, and carry Naloxone.

2019-06-06T09:43:44-04:00juin 6th, 2019|

Alert From Middlesex London Health Unit

We have received an alert from Middlesex London Health Unit regarding reports of suspected opioid-related poisonings.

In case of overdose:

  • Call 911.
  • Give naloxone if an opioid overdose is suspected.
  • Stay with and assist the person until paramedics arrive.
  • The person should go to the hospital with the paramedics for further treatment.

If you use substances:

  • Don’t use alone.
  • Avoid mixing substances.
  • Start with a small amount first.
  • Carry a naloxone kit.

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2019-06-05T14:06:56-04:00avril 5th, 2019|

Alert From Southwestern Public Health: Fentanyl Overdoses

2019 April AlertWe have received an alert from Southwestern Public Health regarding reports of multiple overdoses and overdose deaths in Woodstock, Tillsonburg. Sarnia, and Brantford. The substance was reported as blue or green in colour and overdoses symptoms occurred immediately after using the substance.

In case of overdose:

  • Call 911.
  • Give naloxone if an opioid overdose is suspected.
  • Stay with and assist the person until paramedics arrive.
  • The person should go to the hospital with the paramedics for further treatment.

If you use substances:

  • Don’t use alone.
  • Avoid mixing substances.
  • Start with a small amount first.
  • Carry a naloxone kit.
2019-04-05T12:28:58-04:00avril 5th, 2019|

February 27 – OCCHC Closed

Oxford County Community Health Centre will  be closed early due to inclement weather.
ADSTV appointments and programs hosted at this location after 4:30 pm today are cancelled.

It is expected that regular business hours will resume tomorrow.

Should you require immediate assistance, please contact Reach OUT at 1-866-933-2023.

 

2019-02-27T14:59:57-05:00février 27th, 2019|

February 20 – OCCHC CLOSED

Oxford County Community Health Centre is closed due to inclement weather.
ADSTV appointments and programs hosted at this location are cancelled.

This includes Walk-in Intake scheduled this evening from 5pm – 7 pm.

Daily intake is available in London February 21. Clients may complete intake at any location and still receive services at their local point of access.

2019-02-20T15:17:51-05:00février 20th, 2019|

Alert from Southwestern Public Health: Yellow Fentanyl

2019 February 13 Fentanyl AlertWe have received an alert from the Southwestern Public Health regarding reports of a new batch of fentanyl in Oxford County. The substance is bright yellow in colour and causes people to “drop” right after use. There has also been a recent increase in requests for Naloxone kits.

In case of overdose:

  • Call 911.
  • Give naloxone if an opioid overdose is suspected.
  • Stay with and assist the person until paramedics arrive.
  • The person should go to the hospital with the paramedics for further treatment.

If you use substances:

  • Don’t use alone.
  • Avoid mixing substances.
  • Start with a small amount first.
  • Carry a naloxone kit.
2019-02-13T13:39:23-05:00février 13th, 2019|

February 6 2019 – All POA closed

All ADSTV Points of Access are closed due to inclement weather.

Please be advised: programs and appointments are cancelled.

Regular business hours will resume tomorrow as scheduled.

2019-02-06T14:42:23-05:00février 6th, 2019|

February 6, 2019 – OCCHC CLOSED

Oxford County Community Health Centre is closed due to inclement weather.
ADSTV appointments and programs hosted at this location are cancelled.

2019-02-06T09:00:03-05:00février 6th, 2019|
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