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Stigma of Addiction Summit

Please join us: for a half-day, virtual, action-oriented symposium focused on understanding, addressing, and eliminating the harmful impacts of stigma on those who experience addiction.

Safe Havens: A Supportive Housing Model for Chronically Homeless Individuals with Substance Use and/or Behavioral Health Concerns

Learn about the recently opened Safe Havens program in Greenfield serving residents of both Franklin and Hampshire counties, featuring:

*Dan Sontag, Greenfield Site Director, Massachusetts Department of Mental Health
*Jennifer LaRoche, Vice-President, Acute & Day Programs, Clinic & Support Options (CSO)
*Kristin Smith, Greenfield Director of Crisis Services, Clinical & Support Options (CSO)
*Toni Diaz, Program Director, Safe Havens, Franklin County

Register for this free event, here.

According to the Massachusetts Association for Mental Health, “Safe Havens are a “Housing First,” supportive housing model that provides an alternative to shelter placement. The program is designed to serve hard-to-reach individuals who are chronically unhoused and often have disabling mental health and substance use conditions. Safe Havens serve a population that is chronically homeless, often with significant behavioral health conditions. They’re among the highest users of emergency departments, hospital beds, and emergency medical services, and have high rates of involvement with police and the justice system. Many have not been well served by the shelter system, due to past histories of trauma and safety concerns.”

This session is co-hosted by the Opioid Task Force of Franklin County and the North Quabbin Region and the North Quabbin Community Coalition.

Hope in Action: Supporting Youth and Young Adults

During this interactive morning, we will share information with one another in large and small groups to better understand the needs of this community and the services and support we all provide. Through these conversations we hope to build connections to better serve youth and young adults with substance use disorders and other concerns and the providers that serve them.

The Keys to Low-Threshold Housing

Please join the RIZE Massachusetts Foundation, the National Harm Reduction Coalition, and the Kraft Center for Community Health at MGH, for the second in a series of learning communities focused on safe housing and harm reduction practices. For this second learning community, The Keys to Low-Threshold Housing, we will hear from peers across the country about partnerships and approaches they have developed to save lives and keep people housed.

Laura Guzman, JD, of The DOPE Project and Andrew Spiers, LSW, of Pathways to Housing, will participate in a discussion moderated by Emma Roberts of the National Harm Reduction Coalition. They will share replicable best practices focused on person-centered approaches that build trust and autonomy, with an emphasis on how best to support people who use drugs. They will also address topics raised by learning community participants.

Participants in this 2-hour event will:

· Learn replicable best practices for low-threshold housing

· Explore how to identify and foster the right partners and approaches for deeper collaboration between harm reduction and housing programs

· Learn about resident rights and explore opportunities for harm reduction

We hope you can join us for The Keys to Low-Threshold Housing, which will explore how harm reduction and housing providers can partner to better serve people with substance use disorders.

Metrowest Young People’s Events Committee

Are you 18-30? Trying to meet others your age in recovery and have fun? Join our Metrowest Young People’s Events COmmittee! Get involved with groups, activities, and events we have and want to have. Our first committee meeting will be Wednesday, March 30th at 12pm.

Zoom info:

ID 8863876 3546

PW 996218

For more information contact Haley Clifford at 857-939-8106 or [email protected]

Housing as Harm Reduction: Exploring Models to Support People Who Use Drugs

Register for our free peer learning summit! We will bring together service providers, treatment providers, housing and homeless providers, and others working at the intersection of housing and substance use, to reflect and learn about strategies to support populations who are unhoused and/or using drugs. Through keynote presentations and small breakout presentations, we will spend our time together processing and learning about housing first models, approaches to addressing chronic homelessness, and thinking critically about sustainable models that can lead to long-term housing for people who use drugs.

This summit will take place on Zoom Wednesday, March 30th from 9:30am-12:30pm. Please feel free to contact us with any questions at [email protected]

A Lifeline: Mobile Outreach Services to Unhoused Individuals and Other Vulnerable Populations in Franklin County and North Quabbin

As part of the follow-up to the December 10, 2021, Franklin County/North Quabbin 4th Annual Sober Housing Summit, which examined the safety net that exists for unhoused individuals with a history of substance use disorders, we learned that a number of entities offer some type of mobile outreach services in Franklin County and the North Quabbin region.

The North Quabbin Community Coalition and the Opioid Task Force of Franklin County and the North Quabbin Region are organizing this session where members of the community can learn more about existing efforts to better support and refer unhoused individuals and other vulnerable populations to available resources and services.

Learning from Lived Experience: Understanding Barriers to Recovery

By sharing the experiences of people with substance use disorders, this event will illustrate barriers to care that prevent individuals from accessing addiction treatment and recovery services in Massachusetts. Join RIZE & C4 Innovations to discuss the challenges and solutions to improving the care experience.

Participants in this 2-hour event will:

· Hear experiences from people who have encountered barriers to treatment and recovery support services.

· Understand how barriers to care impact people seeking treatment and recovery services.

· Learn about current and potential solutions to reduce barriers.

· Participate in a discussion about action steps and approaches to improve the treatment ecosystem.

A white paper entitled, Learning from Lived Experience: Understanding Barriers to Recovery, and a more detailed agenda will be shared in advance of the event.