Harm Reduction Program and Services

 

Contacts

Syringe Access

(734) 787-1852

Program Inquiry Contact

Ashley Shukait (734) 787-4473 ashukait@miunified.org or Lemont Gore (734) 431-9137 lemont@miunified.org

Case Management

Nat Dodd (734) 496-0307 ndodd@miunified.org

Harm Reduction Therapist (Clinical Therapist)

Tasha Ball (734) 787-4732 nball@miunified.org 

 

RIGS Harm Reduction Program

Reliable Inclusive Guidance for Safety

Our team of harm reduction outreach specialists empower adults and youth who use drugs and engage in sex work, including transgender, non-binary, and gender nonconforming individuals, by establishing a safe space that allows for an exploration of the ways in which substance use can affect them both positively and negatively.

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Syringe Service Program

Our Syringe Service Program (SSP) consists of individuals with lived experience offering harm reduction education, safer sex and drug use equipment, and HIV/HCV testing with linkages to care. Our SSP team supports autonomy and compassion to decrease negative outcomes such as infection, overdose, and death.

Contact us for supplies by calling or texting: (734) 787-1852

Hours and Locations

UNIFIED Ypsilanti Office 

2287 Ellsworth Rd. Ste. B., Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Monday, Wednesday, Fridays 

11:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.

 

Mobile Unit 

Tuesdays 1:00 P.M. to 2:30 P.M. Riley Ct. Apts.

Tuesdays 3:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. Willow Run Party Store 

Wednesdays 2:00 P.M. to 3:30 P.M. Harriet and Hamilton (parking lot next to Hope Clinic Pantry)

 

Mental Wellness Services

Our clinician utilizes a trauma-healing, person first approach that recognizes people who use drugs (PWUD) are people first and seeks to reduce stigmatic views and judgement for those who are seeking mental health care, including substance use moderation and management. Our clinician, originally a harm reduction specialist at UNIFIED, provides psychosocial assessments, individual psychotherapy, group counseling, mindfulness meditation, and stress reduction services, in addition to educational workshops and psychiatric referrals.

 

Case Management

Our case manager advocates for compassionate, equitable care for people who are excluded from traditional systems of care. They utilize a person-centered, holistic approach to assist individuals with assessing their needs and establishing self-determined goals. Our case manager has experience helping individuals overcome systemic barriers in order to access essential goods and services including (but not limited to) housing, food, benefits, health care, substance use management, education, employment, transportation, legal assistance, clothing, and personal care items.

 

Support Groups

Our team facilitates and provides referrals to a variety of support groups for people who use drugs, people engaged in sex work, and people who want to learn more about harm reduction and compassionate evidence-based practices. Support groups include Harm Reduction Works, Family Drug Support, SMART Recovery and more. We strive to create a safe and non-judgmental space to engage in supportive and collaborative conversations with one another.*

 

Harm Reduction Works

A project of HRH43, Harm Reduction Works (HRW) is a fully scripted, harm reduction based self-help/mutual aid group originally conceived as an alternative to abstinence-only types of organizations and twelve-step groups. 

Open meetings are open to anyone interested in learning about harm reduction for any reason.

Focused meetings are for people currently using drugs or alcohol, who have a history of drug or alcohol use, or are considering using drugs or drinking.

Click here for the Harm Reduction Works Meeting Calendar.

 

 

*Due to COVID-19, workshops, educational series, and support groups will be online and comply within MDHHS Public Health Guidelines for Essential Services.

 

Educational Opportunities

Our team offers several harm reduction focused workshops and educational series for both community members and professionals. Our workshops cover topics such as overdose prevention and response, safer drug use strategies, sex education, cultural humility, restorative justice, Mental Health First Aid, incorporating harm reduction principles into clinical practice, and much more!*

*Due to COVID-19, workshops, educational series, and support groups will be online and comply within MDHHS Public Health Guidelines for Essential Services.