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Nova Scotia Health launches RFP process for overdose prevention sites
Nova Scotia Health is launching a request for proposals process for overdose prevention sites.
The process will have two stages: an open invitation for letters of intent from those interested in running a site, and an invited final proposal.
Overdose prevention sites support harm reduction by providing equipment and a safe and caring space for people to use drugs, respond to overdoses, and connect people to important health and social services.
A total of $500,000 will be available to support sites in the Halifax Regional Municipality and Cape Breton Regional Municipality.
Nova Scotia Health will host a facilitated community engagement process for applicants successful in the letter of intent stage. This second step in the process will bring applicants and community stakeholders together to generate a shared understanding of harm reduction and overdose prevention sites, as well as create a space in which participants can ask and answer questions, share perspectives, and collaborate on the final proposals for overdose prevention sites in their communities.
The deadline for letters of intent stage is Aug. 13, 2021.
Application packages can be requested at OPSReviewCommittee@nshealth.ca