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Support & Services – Grande Prairie

Education

Northreach provides education to community groups, schools, agency staff, organizations and businesses. Our presentations can be tailored to meet the needs of any group and focus on:

  • HIV
  • Viral Hepatitis
  • Sexual Health/ STI’s, Contraception
  • Harm Reduction
  • Lived Experience of Addiction & Recovery
  • Safer Needle Pick-Up Training
  • Gender and Sexual Diversity
  • Street Drugs
  • Naloxone and Overdose Awareness

Download our brochure to see what presentations we offer! click here

Prevention

Condoms, including external (male), internal (female) and flavored, dental dams, and lube are available at the office during regular business hours, or from the Outreach Team during evening outreach in the downtown core. Look for our outreach workers in our Northreach jackets.

Naloxone / Overdose Prevention Program

Self-referred program available to any member of the public, Mon-Fri during office hours, on a walk-in basis. Education will be provided on administration of Naloxone, follow up care, safer drug use to help prevent overdose, signs and symptoms of an opioid overdose. Training can be provided on an individual basis or in a group setting for businesses or community organization. Take home Naloxone kits will be provided free of charge.

Harm Reduction

The Grande Prairie Needle Distribution Program is accessible in three ways.

Office: Needles, steri-cups, sterile water, citric, ties, filters, alcohol swabs and sharps containers are available during regular business hours.

Outreach: The outreach teams carry the above items on weekday afternoon and evening outreach to the downtown core.

Pharmacies: Needles and alcohol swabs are available in premade kits supplied by Northreach through the following pharmacies:

  • Save On Foods
  • Northside & Southside Safeway
  • Walmart
  • Shamrock (Downtown Co-op)
  • Northside Co-op Pharmacy
  • Costco
  • Superstore
  • London Drugs
  • Medicine Shop
  • ACT Medical
  • Sexsmith Pharmacy
  • Fournier Drugs Grande Cache

Needle Disposal

Used drug equipment can be disposed of at the Northreach office or in one of our needle disposal units around the city.  If you find a needle please follow our steps to Safer Needle Pick-Up. If you have specific disposal needs please contact the office. For commercial disposal (Tattoo Shops, Acupuncture) please call 1-800-563-2466 to arrange your disposal.

Grande Prairie disposal bin locations:

  • Towne Centre Mall, south parking lot
  • Beside Salvation Army/Soup Kitchen
  • Attached to the Rotary House trash enclosure
  • Alley behind Better than Fred’s
  • Detox Entrance Northern Addiction Centre
  • Around the corner from Shoppers Drug Mart entrance Prairie Mall
  • Empty lot across from The Industry
  •  Rotary Campground RV Dump Station
  • Parking lot at Muskoseepi Park across from the museum
  • Beside the garage in Community Village

Disposal Bins Map

Outreach

Our outreach team distributes safer sex and harm reduction supplies and assists individuals in getting connected to other services and supports such as: Rotary House, Odyssey House, Sunrise House, ACT Medical, Northern Addictions Centre, Saint Lawrence Centre, The Salvation Army, GP Friendship Centre, Alberta Supports, AISH, Housing First-Intake & Assessment, and other Northreach programs. Transportation is available on a case-by-case basis. To contact outreach, call or text 780-832-8548. The Northreach outreach team’s hours are:
Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm
The City of Grande Prairie also has an outreach team. The phone number to contact this team is 780-830-7094 and their hours are:
Monday-Friday 7am-11pm
Saturday & Sunday 10:30am-6:30pm

Supervised Consumption Services

Check out our SCS page here

Housing Supports

Housing Case Managers at Northreach work within Adaptive Case Management to help clients locate, secure, and maintain housing. These supports are part of the Housing First program within the City of Grande Prairie’s Homeless Initiative.

Within Adaptive Case Management, case managers, working alone or in teams, link individual clients to mainstream housing, clinical and complementary supports. Case managers provide outreach, develop relationships and coordinate with other services to help people access needed services.

Specific characteristics of Adaptive Case Management include:

  • One-on-one case management to client relationship using recovery-oriented approach (the team of case managers may include housing and complementary support workers);
  • The case manager brokers access to mainstream services that the client identifies as needed to attain their goals;
  • The case manager links clients to health professionals (e.g. family doctor) and other services;
  • The case manager often accompanies clients to meetings and appointments in support of their goals/needs;
  • The duration of the services is determines by the needs of the client, with the goal of declining supports and transitioning to mainstream services as soon as possible; in some cases, it may be possible to transition clients within 12 to 16 months.

If YOU ARE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS IN GRANDE PRAIRIE

Women’s Health Outreach (WHO)

The Women’s Health Outreach (WHO) Program supports women who are experiencing homelessness, use substances, and/or poverty while they are pregnant and for several months post-delivery. The program supports women for whom pregnancy is a risk. Through advocacy, education, health promotion, and navigation of healthcare systems, the program supports healthy birth weights, regular healthcare visits, increased access to nutrition, and women feeling connected. Contact WHOworker@northreach.ca for questions or referrals.

Youth

Youth Educator:

  • Weekly LGBTQ+ youth drop-in program on Monday evenings.
  • LGBTQ+ youth support for youth, parents and schools
  • Gender and sexual diversity education
  • Comprehensive Drug Education and support.
  • STI/STBBI education and support

Visit the Facebook page for event information – LGBTQ Youth Grande Prairie.

Health Navigator

The Healthcare Navigator provides medical support, advocacy and education to individuals with medical needs and healthcare concerns. An emphasis is placed on STBBI prevention and education, HIV /Hepatitis C care and support, and connecting people to appropriate medical services both within Grande Prairie and outside of our community. The Healthcare Navigator works in collaboration with individuals and other healthcare providers to reduce the barriers associated with accessing appropriate medical treatment.

The Healthcare Navigator is available Monday through Friday during office hours on a walk-in basis and can also be reached by phone (780-538-3388) or e-mail (healthcare@northreach.ca). In office appointments are not necessary but you are encouraged to call in advance to ensure someone is available to see you. The Healthcare Navigator is available to all individuals with medical concerns, no referral necessary.

Please note: The Healthcare Navigator is not a physician and cannot provide medical treatment, medications, or prescriptions. If you are experiencing an emergency please dial 911 or report directly to your nearest emergency room.

Testing

Northreach Society
Testing for HIV, Hepatitis C, Syphilis, Gonorrhea, and Chlamydia is available; please call to confirm availability.

Community
Grande Prairie College and Community Health Centre:
10620 104ave
STI and Birth Control Clinic
780.814.5800
Thursday evenings from 5pm-7pm