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Drug Treatment Funding Program

Canada’s Anti-Drug Strategy Initiatives (ADSI) program provides $22.8M in annual funding to facilitate the development of solutions to substance abuse problems along the continuum of care from health promotion and prevention to treatment. To learn more click here.

Health Canada’s Anti-Drug Strategy Initiatives (ADSI) program provides $22.8M in annual funding to facilitate the development of solutions to substance abuse problems along the continuum of care from health promotion and prevention to treatment.

ADSI reflects the merger of the former Drug Strategy Community Initiatives Fund (DSCIF) and the Drug Treatment Funding Program (DTFP). Projects funded under these two previous funding programs will continue until the end of their respective agreements.

ADSI continues to support the National Anti-Drug Strategy Prevention and Treatment Action Plans’ mandates by funding initiatives to:

  • Prevent substance abuse issues and related problem;
  • Facilitate improvements to the treatment continuum of care; and
  • Improve awareness, knowledge and skills of key stakeholders.

Current treatment projects support sustainable improvement in the quality and organization of Canada’s substance abuse treatment systems. This helps provinces, territories and other organizations address both illicit and prescription drug abuse and provide evidence-based programs to support people on the road to recovery. Find out more about the national, provincial, and territorial projects below.

Overall expected results for Anti-Drug Strategy Initiatives include:

  • Uptake of evidence-informed information on substance abuse by relevant partners;
  • Reduced risk-taking behaviours associated with substance abuse among target populations;
  • Increased efficiency and effectiveness of treatment and prevention programs, services and systems; and
  • Increased awareness and understanding among target populations of substance abuse and its negative consequences.

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Le programme des Initiatives de la Stratégie antidrogue offre un soutien financier de 22,8 millions de dollars par année pour favoriser la création de solutions aux problèmes de toxicomanie s’inscrivant dans le continuum de soins : promotion de la santé, prévention et traitement.

Les Initiatives de la Stratégie antidrogue sont une fusion de deux précédents programmes de Santé Canada, soit le Fonds des initiatives communautaires de la Stratégie antidrogue et le Programme de soutien au financement du traitement de la toxicomanie. Les projets financés sous les deux anciens programmes se poursuivent.

Les Initiatives de la Stratégie antidrogue appuient les plans d’action en matière de prévention et de traitement de la Stratégie nationale antidrogue, en finançant des projets qui visent :

  • la prévention des problèmes liés à la toxicomanie et les problématiques associées;
  • l’amélioration du continuum de soins reliés au traitement;
  • la sensibilisation et l’augmentation des connaissances et des compétences des intervenants.

Les projets du volet traitement financés actuellement soutiennent l’amélioration durable de l’organisation et de la qualité des systèmes de traitement de la toxicomanie au Canada. Ce financement soutient les provinces, les territoires, et les autres organisations pour répondre aux problèmes de consommation de drogue et d’abus de médicaments sur ordonnance ainsi que pour mettre sur pied des programmes fondés sur des données probantes afin de soutenir les personnes en voie de rétablissement. Vous trouverez ci-dessous des renseignements supplémentaires sur les projets nationaux, provinciaux et territoriaux.

Les résultats attendus du nouveau programme sont :

  • application accrue par les intervenants des informations fondées sur des données probantes au sujet de la toxicomanie;
  • réduction, chez les populations cibles, des comportements à risque associés à la toxicomanie;
  • efficience et efficacité accrues des programmes, des services et des systèmes de traitement et de prévention;
  • sensibilisation et compréhension accrues au sein des populations cibles au sujet de la toxicomanie et de ses conséquences négatives.
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National Projects / Projets Nationaux

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Closing the evidence-practice gap: Focusing on treatment for youth and seniors prescription drug harms

Project lead: Sheena Gereghty, Knowledge Broker, Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) Description and objectives: The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse will produce a framework that will guide the development of care pathways for youth or seniors experiencing harms from prescription drugs. The framework will include a literature review on treatment for opiates, sedatives and stimulants […] Learn More

Enhancing the National Treatment Indicators

Project lead: Sheena Gereghty, Knowledge Broker, Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) Description and objectives: The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse will continue to work with provincial, territorial and federal representatives to collect and analyze national data on treatment system use in Canada. The 2015 and 2016 editions of the National Treatment Indicators report will be […] Learn More

Enhancing youth-focused evidence-informed treatment practices through cross-sectoral collaboration: Putting the “youth” in youth focused services (national youth screening project)

Project leads: Gloria Chaim, Deputy Clinical Director, the Child, Youth and Family Program, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). Joanna Henderson, Independent Clinician Scientist and the Head of Research, the Child, Youth & Family Program, CAMH; Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto. Background In NYSP Part 1 (2010–2014) we collaborated with stakeholders in ten […] Learn More

Promoting an evidence-based recovery approach

Project lead: Sheena Gereghty, Knowledge Broker, Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) Description and objectives: The CCSA held a national summit in January, 2015, to achieve consensus on the core principles of recovery among representatives from recovery, treatment, continuing care, education, research and government. CCSA will work with an advisory committee to develop a tool to […] Learn More

Promoting pan-Canadian coordination, collaboration and knowledge exchange

Project lead: Sheena Gereghty, Knowledge Broker, Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) Description and objectives: This priority includes facilitating an online forum on EENet Connect, as well as webinars and other KE activities. These avenues will allow individuals interested in treatment to obtain and share resources, ask questions of their peers and share knowledge. The Canadian […] Learn More

Manitoba

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Developing critical pathways and increased capacity for screening, brief intervention and referral (SBIR) between addictions service providers, primary care providers and mental health services

Project leads: Tina Leclair, Executive Director, Addictions Policy & Support Branch Manitoba Health, Healthy Living and Seniors, Government of Manitoba Sean Leggett, DTFP Systems Project Coordinator Description and objectives: Efforts to ensure access to addictions services require engagement beyond addictions agencies; developing pathways with primary care providers and mental health services. Front-line service providers will […] Learn More

Establishing a strategic direction for the provincial addictions services system

Project leads: Tina Leclair, Executive Director, Addictions Policy & Support Branch Manitoba Health, Healthy Living and Seniors, Government of Manitoba Sean Leggett, DTFP Systems Project Coordinator Description and objectives: An external consultant is currently performing a Manitoba addictions system analysis. This analysis includes stakeholder interviews with mental health, addictions and service recipients to assess Manitoba’s […] Learn More

Strengthening performance measurement and evaluation at an agency level to feed into a provincial evaluation framework

Project leads: Tina Leclair, Executive Director, Addictions Policy & Support Branch Manitoba Health, Healthy Living and Seniors, Government of Manitoba Sean Leggett, DTFP Systems Project Coordinator Objectives and description: In an effort to support a provincial evaluation framework, an assessment of agency (one crown agency and 11 provincially funded agencies) data needs will be used […] Learn More

Supporting organizations to identify, implement and evaluate evidence-informed strategies to address key organizational priorities

Project leads: Tina Leclair, Executive Director, Addictions Policy & Support Branch Manitoba Health, Healthy Living and Seniors, Government of Manitoba Sean Leggett, DTFP Systems Project Coordinator Description and objectives: Accessibility to best practice information has improved in Manitoba with the addition of the MAKE.ca Knowledge Exchange website, the development of the KE Centre and through […] Learn More

Newfoundland and Labrador / Terre-Neuve

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Methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) project

Project leads: Colleen Simms, Director, Mental Health and Addiction Gina Rideout, Consultant, Mental Health and Addictions Project description: This is one of two projects (one is an extension of previous DTFP work while the other is a new project) that will be supported and are in line with DTFP objectives and investment areas. The Methadone Provincial […] Learn More

Recovery aftercare pilot program extension

Project leads: Colleen Simms, Director, Mental Health and Addiction Gina Rideout, Consultant, Mental Health and Addictions Project description: This is one of two projects (one is an extension of previous DTFP work while the other is a new project) that will be supported and are in line with DTFP objectives and investment areas. The Recovery […] Learn More

Nova Scotia / Nouvelle-Écosse

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Strengthening treatment systems project

Project leads: Carolyn Davison, Director, Addiction Services, Mental Health, Children’s Services, and Addictions Branch Wanda McDonald, Manager, Addiction Services, Mental Health, Children’s Services and Addictions, Department of Health and Wellness Lynn MacNeil, Knowledge Exchange Coordinator, Mental Health, Children’s Services and Addictions, Department of Health and Wellness Description and objectives: The overall goal of Nova Scotia’s […] Learn More

Ontario

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Advancing data quality and the development of cost-based performance indicators

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Developing and testing internet-based interventions for substance use in youth

Project Leads: Karen Urbanoski, PhD, Collaborating Scientist, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Scientist, Centre for Addiction Research of British Columbia, Assistant Professor, School of Public Health & Social Policy, University of Victoria. Gloria Chaim, MSW, RSW, Head, Community Engagement & Partnerships, Margaret & Wallace McCain Centre for Child, Youth & Family Mental Health, […] Learn More

Evaluation plan for youth care

Project lead: Laura Mills, Ph.D. (Q.M. Psych), Director, Research & Evaluation, Pine River Institute Project description/objectives: Current efforts to measure the effectiveness of addiction services for youth in Ontario are varied and inconsistent. This makes it difficult to know how effective youth addiction services are, and whether youth are accessing the services they need. The […] Learn More

Evidence Exchange Network (EENet)

Project lead: Nandini Saxena, Manager, Knowledge Exchange, Provincial System Support Program, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Project description: EENet is a knowledge exchange network that aims to make Ontario’s mental health and substance use treatment system more evidence-informed. EENet connects stakeholders across Ontario, including researchers, clinicians, decision-makers, service providers, system planners, policymakers, persons […] Learn More

Implementation of a new staged screening and assessment process for addictions

Project lead: Kim Baker, Implementation Supervisor, Provincial Systems Support Program, CAMH Project description/objectives: The Best Practice Screening and Assessment Project gathered the best available evidence and feedback from key stakeholders to develop and pilot test an evidence-based and standardized staged screening and assessment process for LHIN-funded substance use services in Ontario. This staged process helps […] Learn More

Implementation of Ontario Perception of Care Tool for Mental Health and Addictions

Project lead: Kim Baker, Implementation Supervisor, Provincial Systems Support Program, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Project description/objectives: The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health developed and validated the Ontario Perception of Care Tool for Mental Health and Addictions (OPOC-MHA). This evidence-based tool standardizes how agencies that provide substance use, mental health and concurrent disorders […] Learn More

Improving reporting compliance and data quality among Ontario’s addiction treatment agencies

Project lead: Claudio Rocca, Director, Drug and Alcohol Treatment Information System, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (Claudio.Rocca [at] camh [dot] ca) Background: Agencies that provide treatment for substance use and problem gambling in Ontario are required to report data on client demographic and treatment use to the Drug and Alcohol Treatment Information System (DATIS). […] Learn More

Strengthening performance measurement for Ontario’s addiction treatment system

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Trauma-informed substance use screening and assessment tools for First Nations and Inuit peoples

Project lead: Renee Linklater, PhD, Director, Aboriginal Engagement and Outreach, Provincial System Support Program (PSSP), the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). Description: In partnership with First Nations and Inuit service providers, this project is developing new substance use screening and assessment tools generated from the experience and expertise that exists in Ontario’s First […] Learn More

Prince Edward Island / Île-du-Prince-Édouard

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Strengthening PEI’s addictions treatment system

Project lead: Billie-Jean Flynn, Addictions Programming Manager, Health PEI Description and objectives: The purpose of this project is to create a more client-centered and responsive system to better meet the needs of clients through the use of evidence-based practice, knowledge exchange and performance measurement as tools. Become a more welcoming system for complex and mentally […] Learn More

Saskatchewan

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Saskatchewan drug treatment funding program

Project leads: Kathy Willerth, Director, Mental Health and Addictions, Community Care Branch, Ministry of Health, Government of Saskatchewan John McCallum, Consultant, Drug Treatment Funding Program, Community Care Branch, Ministry of Health, Government of Saskatchewan Dave Hedlund, Drug Treatment Funding Program, Community Care Branch, Ministry of Health, Government of Saskatchewan Description and objectives: The primary objectives […] Learn More