As of April 1, 2017, Nine Circles’ federal funding through the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has decreased. This is a result of changes to HIV funding across Canada. In response to these changes, Nine Circles has scaled back on, or adapted a number of our programming and activities. We’ve also had to make some changes to our Health Education & Outreach programs, which we want to tell you about:
- As of May 1, 2017, our Health Education Facilitator will be leaving us. Her position was previously covered by our federal funding and that funding has not been continued.
- The Federal Government considers the position a “direct service” and determined it should be covered by provincial health care funding.
- The Health Education Facilitator position has been an important part of our response to the changing drug scene in Winnipeg.
- On average, we have 400 drop-ins per month for safer drug use supplies and Naloxone kits.
- Most of these people connect through the Health Care Facilitator.
- The Health Care Facilitator is also a key member of the Food Bank team.
- In order to continue offering safer drug use supplies and to support operations of the Food Bank, we have made the decision to temporarily move one of our Outreach Workers into the role of Health Education Facilitator.
- This change will take place on May 1, 2017 for one year while we explore all program and funding options going forward.
What will these Changes Mean for Nine Circles Clients?
- Nine Circles will continue to offer safer drug use supplies and Naloxone kits. There will be no changes to how these services are offered.
- There will be no changes to Food Bank operations.
- Some outreach clients will be transferred to one of our other Outreach Workers and supported by the team through this transition.
We thank our clients for their patience and understanding as we adjust to our new level and scope of funding. If clients have questions, they can speak with their care provider(s) or email us to reach the management team.