Downtown Mental Health Association Offices Chosen as Supervised Consumption Site Location

CMHA, Gilbert Centre, SMDHU Made Up Panel That Chose Site

The powers that be have zeroed in on a suitable site for a proposed supervised consumption site.

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit today sent out notice that space in the Canadian Mental Health Association’s office on Mulcaster St. has been identified as the location. The search for a site was carried out by a committee including those from the Gilbert Centre, CMHA, the Health Unit, and other community partners.

“Supervised consumption is a foundation of the opioid strategy’s harm reduction efforts,” said Nancy Roxborough, executive director of the Canadian Mental Health Association Simcoe Branch. “The option of 90 Mulcaster is an excellent fit for this service. Being located with CMHA connects it to the important mental health and addiction treatment services provided by our association, and it’s next door to the David Busby Centre, which provides outreach and support services for individuals and families within the County of Simcoe who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness.”

Site selection is one stage in the ongoing application process for a supervised consumption site in Barrie. The application needs to be endorsed by Barrie City Council, expected at a June 3rd meeting. Once endorsed, the application would be submitted to the federal government for drug and substance exemptions, along with the province for funding approval.

An info session for area residents will be scheduled in May.