Community Wellness Development Team

The Community Wellness Develop Team is part of a regional initiative to help First Nation Communities prepare, plan, develop and implement their own community-driven treatment programs/approaches to address prescription drug abuse (i.e. opioids) and the underlying mental health issues that influence substance abuse and addiction.

A team consisting of a Project Facilitator, Addiction Specialist and Mental Health Specialist, provide on-going support and consultation while building capacity to tackle the issues.

The Project Facilitator’s role is to outreach and engage with all communities in the team’s catchment area and explain CWDT service options and referral process.  Subsequently, the facilitator receives referrals, reviews cases with the Specialists, facilitates teleconferences with key project stakeholders, and coordinates logistics of visitations and the team’s activities.  The Project Facilitator ensures all reports are of high-quality prior to submission, and monitors to verify service delivery matches the communities’ needs.

The Specialists visit communities after invitation from leadership. They help communities prepare, plan, and implement their own community-driven treatment approaches. By conducting community-needs assessments, they help communities prioritize needs and devise action plans. They assist with development of project proposals, program designs, program implementation, and delivery of education/training to project stakeholders. Success is evident with the number of prescription drug abuse treatment (Suboxone) programs already in place.

Service Options

Conduct a Community Assessment
  • Required before any additional services can be delivered
  • Specialists travel to a community for an on-site visit to conduct an assessment
  • Collection of demographics, a perspective on the scope of the prescription drug abuse issue, community history, health/social indicators, existing resources/strengths, and gaps
  • Following, the CWDT completes a thorough report to help with the development of an action plan
Assist with the Development of a Community-Action Plan
  • Specialists help the community project team review their assets, capacity and outline various treatment/program options
  • Decision established to reflect desired community response (i.e. education, prevention, treatment) and an action plan is set to work towards the goal
Assist with the Development of a Project Proposal to Submit to Health Canada
  • Once the community has decided on the option they want, the CWDT can be a source of consultation while the project team completes a proposal to submit for funding consideration
Assist with Program Design
  • The team can assist the project team with program development and design of their community-based program (i.e. pre-treatment, short-term withdrawal/detox, in-patient residential, out-patient day programming, land-based programming, medication assisted/Suboxone, aftercare, and other approaches to consider if the necessary funding and personnel are unavailable)
Assist with Training and Capacity Development
  • To increase staff/treatment providers’ confidence, ability/skills and knowledge to address addiction issues and related mental health issues, the team can provide education, training and demonstration on a variety of topics as requested
Support during Program Implementation and Evaluation
  • The team can offer support and guidance during implementation of a program, along with assisting with the development of program evaluations to measure the success of programs
Establishing and Strengthening Linkages
  • The team can help establish and strengthen linkages with existing mental health and addiction services that may be able to contribute to programs