Knocking down the walls of silence that keep people from talking about substance use is an important step towards addressing the overdose crisis in BC.
Recognizing that people who use drugs are real people helps to put a
human face behind the numbers of so many preventable tragedies.
The Mission Overdose Community Action Team (MOCAT) brings together
many stakeholders to support and facilitate local partnerships, coordinate programs and services, address gaps, and plan for a collaborative, caring,
creative community response to the overdose crisis.
Projects of the MOCAT are made possible with the support of the
Community Action Initiative.
People and Organisations Involved:
People with Lived and Living Experience
Community Action Initiative
District of Mission
Leq’a:mel First Nation
Sts’ailes First Nation
Mission Community Services Society
Mission Friendship Centre
SARA for Women
Matsqui-Abbotsford Impact Society
Ministry of Social Development & Poverty Reduction
Moms Stop The Harm
As aligned with the British Columbia OERC, the functions of the MOCAT are to:
Ensure meaningful engagement of people with lived/living experience in the opioid overdose response, including family members.
Provide focused, multi-sectoral action-oriented strategies that are inclusive of all partners and tailored to the community needs
Implement strategies that are based on best evidence.
Work with partners to identify gaps in services and advocate for services to be brought to our community;
Provide clear direction and coordinate implementation of activities;
Align with the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions’ core set of interventions.