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New clinic and new model of care on DTES

After five years of intensive consultation, planning and implementation, the work VCH set out to accomplish through the DTES Second Generation Strategy is substantially completed. A new model of care for clients and integrated care teams was implemented across the DTES on January 23, 2018. …

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Improving services in the DTES: Fentanyl checking expansion & Supervised Consumption Service

Improving services in the DTES: Fentanyl checking expansion & Supervised Consumption Service
Health Canada has now approved VCH’s application to offer a Supervised Consumption Service (SCS) at the Powell Street Getaway. This means clients will now be able to use illicit substances orally or intra-nasally, as …

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Powell Street Getaway SIS officially opens in DTES

As part of our commitment to improve access and the quality of care for the residents of  the Downtown Eastside, Vancouver Coastal Health has officially opened the Powell Street Getaway SIS at 528 Powell Street – a new Supervised Injection Service (SIS) to help reduce …

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Health Canada gives green light to new VCH DTES Supervised Injection Service

VCH announced today that Health Canada has approved the first of two applications for new Supervised Injection Services in the Downtown Eastside (DTES).
The service will be located in the DTES Mental Health and Substance Use Drop-In Centre, also known as the Powell Street Getaway (528 …

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Women’s Only Overdose Prevention Site (OPS)

B.C.’s first overdose prevention site for women only opened  in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside through a partnership of Atira Women’s Resource Society, the City of Vancouver, BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre, and Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH).
 
The new space will accommodate up to 15 women at …

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DTES Connections officially opens in DTES

As part of our commitment to improve access and the quality of care to those in need in the Downtown Eastside, Vancouver Coastal Health announced today the opening of DTES Connections – a new clinic for people with untreated addiction (this clinic will open to …

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DTES Women’s Intensive Case Management Team launches

On February 1, 2017, Vancouver Coastal Health launched a new Intensive Case Management Team (ICMT) for women in the Downtown Eastside.
 
The new ICMT is a multidisciplinary team of health care providers including social workers, nurses, nurse practitioners, a peer with lived experience, and health care …

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Women’s substance use treatment beds now open in DTES

Vancouver Coastal Health has announced the opening of 38 new substance use treatment spaces for women in the DTES, in partnership with the Province, BC Housing and Atira Women’s Resource Society.
The new spaces include 10 short-stay and 28 longer-term beds for women needing additional support, …

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New Overdose Response Actions to include Mobile Medical Unit and OD Prevention Sites in DTES

In response to the increasing number of overdose-related deaths, the Province announced today that they are opening additional health-care supports in partnership with health authorities and community partners across B.C., including a Mobile Medical Unit and two Overdose Prevention Sites to be located and operated …

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DTES Peer Contract: Raincity Partnership Announcement

As part of the DTES 2nd Generation Strategy, VCH has formally announced we are expanding our Peer Support program to the DTES, adding peers to nine programs which help some of the community’s most vulnerable residents. The peers will be hired and supported by RainCity …

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