The provincial government issued a news release October 12 announcing the recipients of Community Innovation grants through the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) and Community Action Initiative (CAI). A number PAN members are in this group, including AIDS Vancouver Island, Central Interior Native Health Society, Positive Living North, and ANKORS.
Twenty-seven communities and organizations in British Columbia were awarded funds for projects. The news release announcing the awards says the projects will “help address local needs specific to each community. Examples range from peers taking an active leadership role in the development and delivery of overdose prevention services in Quesnel, to involving peers in partnerships around single-room-occupancy resources to support socially isolated people in Vancouver.”
This funding is part of a two-stream grant process administered through the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) and Community Action Initiative (CAI) that aims to provide targeted resources for innovative overdose prevention measures in communities affected by the overdose crisis.