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Supervised consumption sites

Supervised Consumption Sites (SCS) help save lives and create safer communities. They provide a safer and clean space for people to use their own drugs under the care of nursing and other staff. They can connect clients to doctors, treatment and other health and social services.

The Canadian Mental Health Association Simcoe Branch and the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit are applying to operate a supervised consumption site in Barrie. The two agencies, with the support of the SCS Site Selection Advisory Committee, are working on behalf of the harm reduction pillar of the Simcoe Muskoka Opioid Strategy (SMOS).

Thank you to all who took the time to participate in any of our community consultations or who reached out with their input. 

The Canadian Mental Health Association - Simcoe County Branch and the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit have reviewed the preliminary results from the recent online survey and neighbourhood consultation sessions. On April 28th, a meeting was held with the SCS Site Selection Advisory Committee to share these preliminary findings and receive their feedback on the 4 site location options. Based on all of these inputs, we have chosen 11 Innisfil Street, also known as 80 Bradford Street, Unit 940, as the site to move forward to Barrie City Council for SCS site endorsement. If this location receives Barrie City Council endorsement, the applicant and co-applicant will submit the SCS applications to both Health Canada and the Ministry of Health. Representatives from CMHA-SC and SMDHU will present the proposed site to Barrie City Council at a General Committee meeting set for May 25, 2021.

The chosen site presents the best balance between serving clients effectively and ensuring an acceptable fit within the surrounding community.  Benefits of the site include:

  • Being near to people who would use it while being off the main street
  • Having a separate entrance from the other services available close by, providing a less stigmatizing environment and more privacy for the clients
  • Having wrap around services in the building and nearby, including those of CMHA-SC, SMDHU, and several other health and social service agencies; and
  • Being large enough to accommodate touchdown services on site
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We recognize the confusion created by the different addresses associated with the chosen space. When we conducted our property search, this site came to us as 80 Bradford Street, Unit 940. When we released the potential site locations in a media release, Mr. Steve Sperling (property owner/landlord) gave a public statement referring to the site location as 19 Innisfil Street. It has since been brought to the attention of the co-applicants by Mr. Sperling, Landlord and Rob Nicholson, General Manager of the Aerarium Group that the preferred reference to the site location should be 11 Innisfil St. recognizing that the legal address remains 80 Bradford St. Unit 940. Further explanation of the request to refer to the site as 11 Innisfil St. can be found in a letter provided to the Canadian Mental Health Association, as lead applicant by The Aerarium Group.

 

A summary of the consultation findings can be found in the expander bar below as can a series of frequently asked questions.

For more information on supervised consumptions sites please see the Frequently Asked Questions expander bar below.

Applying for a SCS site in Barrie is just one example of the collaborative community work that is underway in the region to address opioid use and overdoses. See more community actions here

To review monthly updates on progress to date please see:Site Selection Advisory Committee

November 14, 2019: Barrie Police Service response to Councillor Sergio Morales’ letter to the Barrie Police Services Board dated July 4, 2019

August 12, 2019: Barrie Council decides not to hire an outside consultant and supports SCS applicants continuing the search for an appropriate location and further community engagement, with the support of the advisory committee.

August 9, 2019: SCS applicants establish a site selection advisory committee to conduct a fresh review of site locations in Barrie.

June 24, 2019: SCS applicants submit report on the potential sites that were considered for Barrie Council consideration. Barrie Council defers decision on 90 Mulcaster site proposal, votes to retain a consultant to review prospective sites.

June 4, 2019: Barrie City Council votes to defer site selection until next council meeting and requests further information.

May 27, 2019:

May 15, 2019: Neighbourhood consultation was held to provide opportunities for residents to review site proposal and mitigation strategies for 90 Mulcaster, and share further feedback.

May 7, 2019: Evaluation of the public consultations for a SCS in Barrie is completed. A report summarizing the evaluation of the consultations was released (this version includes later updates). A shorter document containing highlights of the report also available.

April 24, 2019: Site selection investigation concludes with announcement of recommendation for 90 Mulcaster Street.

January–March 2019: Public, stakeholder education and consultation period on proposal for an SCS in Barrie.

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A summary of consultations completed to date including the scoring of the sites, the two surveys completed, and the neighbourhood consultation sessions can be found below.

Overview of community consultation results to date

For answers to the outstanding questions posed during the neighbourhood sessions please see the Q&A from Neighbourhood sessions.

The draft report of the Additional Site online survey is now available.

 

Barrie City Council Supervised Consumption Site (SCS) Engagement Sessions:  Summary of Findings

Getting feedback from Barrie City Council members has been an important part of the search for a Supervised Consumption Site (SCS) in the City of Barrie.  During the months of December 2020 and January 2021, members of Barrie City Council participated in small group sessions with Dr. Valerie Grdisa of CMHA-SCB and Dr. Lisa Simon of SMDHU.  These sessions helped to inform next steps moving forward in the consultation and decision-making process for the proposed SCS in the City of Barrie.  A summary of the discussions can be found here.

 

Community Summary on Proposed Locations for a SCS in Ward 2 Barrie:  Summary Report (January 2021)

With the onset of the COVID-19 Pandemic in March 2020 the work of the SCS Site Advisory Committee was temporarily put on hold. In July 2020 the committee started work to create a new application for a supervised consumption site in Barrie. Full details of the committee’s process and work can be found here. The history of previous applications can be found below, in the next expander bar.

In September 2020 the committee selected two proposed locations using a number of criteria; 31 Toronto Street (back building on the lot) and 110 Dunlop Street West (Unit 4, back of building). To better understand how community members in Barrie viewed the benefits and challenges for each of these locations an online survey was created. Anyone who lives, works, owns a business, or goes to school in Barrie were asked for their feedback on the two locations.

A total of 1,200 people did the online survey between October 7 -30, 2020. It is important to note that the results from this survey don’t represent the entire population of Barrie, and only represent the opinions of those who chose to do the survey. Highlights from the survey results, and the complete report can be found below:

Highlights from the survey results: People were asked their opinion about the benefits, concerns and how to address concerns about two proposed SCS locations, 31 Toronto St and 110 Dunlop St W. in Barrie.

Overall those that responded to the survey thought the top benefits of both sites included reducing risk of injury and death from drug overdose, and public drug use. One in four people who responded to the survey felt there were no benefits of having an SCS in either location.

When asked about concerns about either location, the safety of community members was the top concern for both sites as well as the impact on neighbourhood cleanliness or quality of life. One in three people didn’t have any concerns with either proposed location.

When asked about actions that could be taken to address some of the top concerns, most people who responded to the survey said evaluating the SCS services and sharing results with the community, sharing goals of a SCS with the community and ensuring that discarded needles are cleaned up could help address their concerns.

The details of the completed report can be found here.

During the site selection process, Linda Loftus (realtor for the SCS site search, working in a voluntary role with the SCS Site Selection Advisory Committee) disclosed the existence of a Financial Interest in the 11 Sophia St. W. property and disclosed all material facts to the Co-Applicants. In an effort to aid the disclosure, Linda Loftus withdrew from providing any further recommendations and contributing to any site selection decision-making processes for the final four proposed properties. 

A SCS Site Selection Advisory Committee has been created to advise and support the Barrie SCS applicants — Canadian Mental Health Association Simcoe County Branch as the lead applicant, and Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit as the co-applicant — to further explore and review SCS site options in Ward 2 Barrie.  You can find out more information about the SCS Site Selection Advisory Committee meetings here.

Please see the linked Site Selection Criteria for a complete list of criteria considered for each site.

The initial site search process was conducted between the Fall of 2019 and Summer of 2020. Please see the following documents detailing the initial site search and selection process:

Upon consideration of feedback received from the consultation process to date, including the online community survey conducted in October to November 2020, engagement with Barrie City Council members during small group sessions in December 2020 and January 2021, and feedback from other community stakeholders, the Advisory Committee decided to expanded the search for additional potential sites to add to the existing options. 

This additional search was conducted during the Winter of 2021. Please see the following documents detailing this additional search.

  • New site search boundaries
  • Details of the review process for the additional sites

Upon further consideration and review of the 31 Toronto Street site location, it was found to be the least viable in relation to the original and additional site options and therefore removed from the list.


The Canadian Mental Health Association - Simcoe County Branch and the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit have reviewed the preliminary results from the recent online survey and neighbourhood consultation sessions. On April 28th, a meeting was held with the SCS Site Selection Advisory Committee to share these preliminary findings and receive their feedback on the 4 site location options. Based on all of these inputs, we have chosen 11 Innisfil Street, also known as 80 Bradford Street, Unit 940, as the site to move forward to Barrie City Council for SCS site endorsement. If this location receives Barrie City Council endorsement, the applicant and co-applicant will submit the SCS applications to both Health Canada and the Ministry of Health. Representatives from CMHA-SC and SMDHU will present the proposed site to Barrie City Council at a General Committee meeting set for May 25, 2021.

For details on the current site selection process underway, please see the Site Selection Advisory Committee.

Currently four sites for a SCS in Ward 2 Barrie are under consideration:

  • 110 Dunlop Street West, Unit 4 (at the back of the building)
  • 80 Bradford Street, Unit 940 (also known as 11 Innisfil St.)
  • 192 Bradford Street
  • 11 Sophia Street West

Upon further consideration and review of the 31 Toronto Street site location, it was found to be the least viable in relation to the original and additional site options and therefore removed from the list.

An extensive consultation process will be implemented to choose the best site for this service. Updates on the progress of this process can be found here.

CMHA SCS Infographic 2019

SCS help save lives and create safer communities. SCS are part of a harm reduction approach that aims to provide:

  • Overdose prevention (naloxone, oxygen)
  • Harm reduction supplies including needles and other safer drug use equipment
  • Client education

Connection to a variety of services including: addictions treatment, health care, mental health, housing and/or social supports.

The benefits of supervised consumption sites include:

  • Reduced rates of overdose deaths and hospital visits
  • Reduced public drug use and needles discarded in the community
  • Increased access to other services including access to treatment when people are ready
  • Reduced spread of blood borne infections like HIV and hepatitis C
  • Reduced stigma related to substance use
  • Cost effectiveness
  • Preliminary data for 2019 ranks Barrie third among large municipalities in Ontario for opioid overdose emergency department (ED) visit rates, behind St. Catharines and Oshawa.
  • There were 94 confirmed and probable opioid-related deaths in Simcoe Muskoka in the first eight and a half months of 2020, which was 50% higher than the comparable average for the previous three years. The City of Barrie has been disproportionally impacted by this recent increase, with 47 (or 50% of these deaths), despite accounting for 25% of the Simcoe Muskoka population
  • The central north area of Barrie (which includes downtown) had 8 times the rate of opioid overdose ED visits in 2019 than the provincial average, and three times the overall Barrie average. This includes 50 visits among those identifying themselves as homeless.
  • More local statistics can be found via the Simcoe Muskoka HealthStats website.

For more information on supervised consumptions sites in general please see the Frequently Asked Questions linked here.

For answers to the outstanding questions posed during the neighbourhood sessions please see the Q&A from Neighbourhood sessions.

For more information on opioids or supervised consumption sites call Health Connection 705-721-7520 or toll-free 1-877-721-7520.
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