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Collaboration with local police and the implementation of Opioid Agonist Therapy (OAT ) in jail cells.
A Q&A with Kim Friesen and Sgt. Kevin Murray of the Abbotsford CAT.
“We just take them by the hand, and we make sure they’re getting where they need to go,” – Kim Friesen, Executive Director, CEDAR Outreach Society of BC
Members of the Community Action Initiative team sat down with Kim Friesen, Executive Director, CEDAR Outreach Society of BC, and Sgt. Kevin Murray, CAT Co-Chair, to discuss the evolution, learnings, and proud moments experienced while working with the Abbotsford CAT. Here’s what they had to say.
- I have most recently been making inroads in the jails around reintegration into the community for offenders. We’re able to pick people up when they’re released, ensure that they have their prescriptions in place, connect them with pharmacies in town – all of those kinds of things. Because typically they’re released with nowhere to go and without their prescriptions. We’re able to connect and participate in release plans. It’s a start and it’s been really well received.
Abbotsford group raises awareness about sexual exploitation of youth
The Abbotsford News
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