Coronavirus Relief Grant
Checkbox-571: #4, #7
Legal-name: American Addiction Institute of Mind and Medicine
Previous-name: Harm Reduction Institute
Address: 1533 E 4th St.
City: Santa Ana
Officer-title: CEO of American Addiction Institute of Mind & Medicine and Co-Founder of Harm Reduction Institute
Contacttitle: Co-Founder and Clinical Operations Director of Harm Reduction Institute
GrantPurpose: Provide PPE and sanitizing supplies to a predominantly homeless population in Orange County.
Periodoftime: June 2020 – September 2020
Audienceserved: Low income, homeless, unemployed, disabled
District: District 3, 4, and 5
1. What disaster recovery service have already been provided? : Our organization aims to reduce the transmission of infectious diseases among low-income and homeless individuals who are affected by Substance Use Disorder and/or engage in sex work in Orange County. We currently distribute sterile injection supplies, fentanyl test strips, and safer sex products to populations of unhoused individuals on the streets of Santa Ana. We also distribute naloxone, a medication used to reverse opioid overdoses, and provide training regarding its proper administration. To date, we have distributed over 3200 life-saving Narcan doses and recorded more than 110 reported lives saved. Our work is informed by a harm reduction philosophy which aims to meet people where they are and to connect them with vital medical and social services when they are ready to receive them. As one of the few points of social contact for this population, we are in a unique position to reach people who often do not receive medical and social services to which they are entitled as human beings. Over the past few months, we have used our interface with this population to distribute face coverings and masks to reduce community transmission of COVID-19. In doing so, we have continued our mission to provide necessary resources, to lower the burden of infectious illness, and to reduce the risk of overdose among people who struggle with Substance Use Disorder. We have continued to distribute sterile hygiene supplies in the streets of Orange County, including tampons, condoms, and alcohol pads. These items are especially crucial during the current pandemic to reduce the srpead of disease.
2. What additional services, above your standard operations, will be conducted with this grant funding?: All evidence suggest that COVID-19 will remain a serious public health concern for the foreseeable future. As such, we aim to increase our provision of PPE in the form of masks, gloves, hand wipes/sanitizer, and personal hygiene/sanitary products to all of our clients. We fill an essential need in this community and currently constitute the sole social point of contact for most individuals, connecting them to medical and social services. Our role in the comminity has well-positioned us to distribute PPE in this community in order to decrease population succeptibiity to COVID-19. Many of the individuals we serve lack a physical dwelling within which to self-isolate to prevent COVID-19 transmission, or to self-quarantine in case of COVID-19 infection. Our existing community relationships will allow us to dedicate all of the funds from this grant to the purchase and distribution of PPE. This will permit us to protect low-income and homeless individuals who would otherwise not have access to such resources.
3. What individuals (and/or organizations) will you assist? : Our organization addresses the needs of a predominantly homeless population in Orange County. Many of these individuals struggle with substance use disorder and/or engage in sex work. Our services help lower the risk of further disease burden and overdose in this community.
4. What other disaster recovery funds have you received? What amount? : none
5. What other disaster recovery funds have you applied for?: none