Submitted Summaries of Programs (Reviews)
Between April 10 and April 16 (Review Summaries):
Submit your review summary for your assigned program via the “Submit Your Summary link below. Once it is submitted, it will appear on the list below the link. You are free to read other summaries that have been submitted at this point, but comments will not open until April 17.
Between April 17 and May 1 (Evaluations):
Integrated Harm Reduction Program
Integrated Harm Reduction program provides free and anonymous hard reduction education, HIV and Hepatitis C testing, safe sex education, and clean syringe exchange. The program is the only State of Maine Certified Syringe Exchange Program serving in that area. Each testing lasts 30 minutes. During this time, staff provides the opportunity to offer risk reduction education, counseling, and use motivational interviewing to determine clients’ readiness to consider substance use recovery, treatment or other support. Clients are then linked with Primary Care Providers, treatment services, counseling, housing and food assistance. This program is about meeting people where they are at, building trust, and teaching clients that change is a good thing.
138 clients were served last year; 50 of those being new clients. It costs $84,000 to treat 1 case of HIV and only a few dollars to per client to prevent spreading. The primary goal for the current year is to continue to expand services in Waterville to better serve the Mid-Maine area. This program directly demonstrates alignment within the realm of UWMM’s focus areas of Health and Education along with meeting all criteria determined by UWMM.
Site Visit/Phone Conversation Notes:
Shane was extremely knowledgeable and passionate about his work. He also had a very calming personality that would be welcoming for clients who are struggling to trust and begin their journey in making a change. Shane spoke a lot about how his work revolves around building and meeting people where they are at in order to comfortably encourage clients that change is a good thing when the time is right. The Harm Reduction office is not only a place for HIV testing but it’s a safe space where clients can be heard and referred to food and home access to help remove them from dangerous situations that prevent them from personal growth. Shane also shared the importance of this preventative care help reduce the spreading of HIV. It costs $84,000 to treat 1 Case of HIV. Endocarditis is also an extremely dangerous bacterial infection caused by sharing or reusing needles. This infection makes the heart valves stick together and is extremely hard and expensive to treat once the bacteria is in there. This is preventable by safe usage. They are currently serving 138 community members. I found Shanes meeting and conversations to be incredibly impressive and meaningful for a very large portion of our community.
Rapid HIV testing to ensure decreased spreading of HIV., Safe Sex Education., Referrals for counseling, food and home access., Safe needle exchange to decrease used needles on the street, Endocarditis, and HIV spreading. Preventative care is extremely low compared to what it would cost for treatment.
Due to the confidentiality to ensure trust in clients, there is no clear way to see how individuals themselves are doing unless they directly come in and tell the staff. They do not keep any names, but each client does have an ID # linked to their birth date.
Brittany Newman agrees that this program aligns with Health, as indicated on the application.
This program has requested $$5,000.
Brittany Newman’s Recommendation: Definitely Fund for $$5,000
Recommendations and Comments
Definitely Fund = No question, UWMM should fund this program.
Maybe Fund = I think UWMM should fund this program, but I have outstanding questions.
Maybe Don’t Fund = I don’t think UWMM should fund this program, because I have outstanding concerns.
Don’t Fund = UWMM should not fund this program.
Rachel GrantMaybe Fund
Leon Duff/Ann LindemanMaybe Fund
Rick DorianDefinitely Fund
Michelle CesareDefinitely Fund
Cheryl flewellingDefinitely Fund
I like the program but there is a lot of attention to this issue and they could we use other funding.
Jackie DaltonDefinitely Fund
With UW tight budget, may want to consider going with $3000 of last year rather than $5000 requested this year.
Robert DahlgrenDefinitely Fund
Agree with others – this is an important service and one that’s getting a lot of attention, justifiably. I’m unclear on whether the service is unique in the service area. Knowing that might help make a recommendation for full or partial funding.
George ColemanDefinitely Fund
Fund, but at lower level.
Susan RoyMaybe Fund
It sounds like a needed program. My only concern is if these services can be obtained elsewhere.