Community Question: Lanark County Interval House and Harm Reduction
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For the past several years LCIH has been working toward a full implementation of a harm reduction framework throughout the organization - within the shelter itself, as well as through outreach services.
Harm Reduction (HR) is a range of policies and practices designed to reduce the harmful consequences sometime associated with various human behaviors. (seat belts, condoms, and un-used needles are examples)
LCIH staff have participated in harm reduction training, visited several shelters who are currently using harm reduction framework, and have formed a harm reduction committee which includes community members who have harm reduction experience. one of the important pieces is to get feedback on this new approach to facilitate discussions and to deal with any fear or misconceptions.
LCIH is soliciting feedback from current and former service users(outreach clients as well as those who have lived or are currently living in the shelter) as well as from other community members and service providers who work with the women we serve. Please take a few minutes to share your thoughts around harm reduction and Lanark County Interval House.