Information → RFP
Through the phone consultations, state launch events, community listening sessions, and special consultations with people who use drugs, we heard a clear pattern: there aren’t enough resources to build and sustain basic harm reduction services (e.g. harm reduction supplies, funding for staff time) to meet the existing need and part of that is because the community support and structure for funding is limited. Therefore, the funding would be most useful to meet immediate needs (supplies and programming) and a parallel initiative to support community education, coalition building, and regional support to build supportive environments for these programs to operate within. This theme was particularly salient in places where programs have either been shot down or not given a chance to start up because of uncertainty or stigma related to services that involve resources for people who use drugs. To support both aspects of the regional needs, we created two funding categories:
- Educate: Offering new strategies to engage, educate and mobilize the community to build support for harm reduction.
- Provide: Providing new or expanded harm reduction services for people who inject drugs.