Interventions on the broadest level involve developing policies and adapting regulations to support harm reduction as a norm. When policies and the environment reinforce and reflect harm reduction, a college/university is able to truly have an integrated model.
Reviewing current, and potentially new, policies through a harm reduction lense helps create a cohesive, proactive framework that balances needs of the institution with the needs of the student body.
Using the American College Health Association’s National College Health Assessment (ACHA-NCHA) - opens in a new window, the AC Umbrella Project completed an environmental scan to establish a baseline of potential prevalence of substance use challenges on Algonquin College campuses
The Umbrella Project reviewed the various alcohol policies while focusing on the recommendations from the following publications:
By conducting this review, the Umbrella Project was able to make the recommendations below.
Risk Criteria Assessment Tool Recommendation
Specific Alcohol Services Recommendations
Residence is an excellent environment to implement harm reduction on many different levels. In fact, we have had so much success, The Umbrella Project was awarded the 2017-2018 OACUHO Program/Service of the Year Award - opens in a new window!
Multiple training days were designed specifically for the Residence Advisors and the Residence Life Coordinators and other Residence staff. All of the employees participate in “Understanding Substance Use and Harm Reduction” and “Motivational Interviewing” trainings adapted for Residence specific situations.
Having Residence placement students involved in the Umbrella Project proved very successful. The “near peers” of the students worked to create a safer space for students to discuss their substance use. The placement students were also very involved in creating and implementing the following AC Umbrella Project activities into residence life:
Umbrella Project events that occurred on campus also had Residence components. Higher use times were identified and Umbrella Project activities were increased at these times: