By Chantelle Archambault, March 22nd, 2018 in

Brampton, ON – On March 13, Peel HIV/AIDS Network (PHAN) announced receipt of short-term funding from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC) to open and operate an overdose prevention site in Brampton.

Initially, a Main St location was proposed for the temporary overdose prevention site as it met many of the criteria of the Ministry’s short term funding. “After thoughtful consideration of the feedback received from local community members, and a more thorough examination of opportunities to provide additional services for clients,” says Executive Director Phillip Banks, “PHAN has made the decision to relocate the service to a new location. We want this to be a win/win situation for everyone”.

PHAN has been working diligently with local residents and Councillor Elaine Moore to identify a more suitable location for this service. “I have been both impressed and appreciative of PHAN’s recognition that their proposed location, while meeting an urgent need to respond to opioid overdoses in Brampton, needs to be balanced against neighbourhood impact, says Councillor Elaine Moore. “Working with PHAN’s Executive Director, Phillip Banks, has been productive and positive. We are in agreement that the good work they do in the community needs to be a win/win for all community members. To this end we will work together to protect their funding agreement with the MOHLTC at a location that ensures the best outcome for our community members impacted by the overdose crisis and the community as a whole”.

Phillip Banks
Executive Director
Peel HIV/AIDS Network