Supervised Consumption Services

The Community Drug Strategy (CDS) for the City of Greater Sudbury conducted a needs assessment and feasibility study to determine the degree of need for supervised consumption services (SCS) in our community. The findings indicate that Greater Sudbury would benefit from supervised consumption services (SCS) and that these services would be a feasible strategy for Greater Sudbury to address local substance use.

The CDS is currently working on the next steps as it relates to the implementation of these services within our community.

Process of obtaining supervised consumption services in our community

Steps in the exploration of local Supervised Consumption Services* 2019-2020

*In Ontario, Supervised Consumption Services are now referred to as Consumption Treatment Services.

There are several steps in the exploration of local Supervised Consumption Services:

  1. Acquire funding of Community Needs Assessment and Feasibility Study ─ status: complete
  2. Conduct Supervised Consumption Services Needs Assessment and Feasibility Study ─ status: complete
    • Online community survey (complete)
    • Interviews with people who inject drugs (complete)
    • Focus groups (complete)
    • Secondary data analysis (Winter 2020, complete)
    • Internal report for committee review (Spring 2020, complete)
    • Full report and summary report (Spring 2020, complete)
      • DECISION POINT (complete)
  3. Obtain a letter of support from municipal council and letter of opinion from the Ministry of Health (in progress)
  4. Submit a provincial funding application to the Ministry of Health
  5. Submit a request for federal exemption from Health Canada
      • DECISION POINT
  6. Pending federal exemption approval
  7. Pending provincial approval
  8. Mobilization of resources and staffing
  9. Supervised Consumption Services in operation

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This item was last modified on October 5, 2020