Comprehensive User Engagement Sites
At a press conference on Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018, the City of Philadelphia announced that they would be encouraging the opening of one or more Comprehensive User Engagement Sites (CUES), also known as supervised injection facilities, or safe consumption sites. The facilities will be funded, built, and run by Philadelphia community based organizations, with encouragement from the City. Mental Health Partnerships is encouraged by this news, and strongly supports this evidence based response to the opioid crisis.
1,200 Philadelphians have died from opioid overdose in 2017* and it is time to work together as one community to create a proven alternative that works to promote harm reduction, while destigmatizing drug use, and increasing access to mental health services and drug treatment facilities.
We applaud the fact that CUES are part of a larger strategy to reduce overdose deaths, prevent the spread of HIV and Hepatitis C, engage people in supportive services, and combat homelessness. When we focus on prevention, harm reduction, and the self determination of people with behavioral health conditions, we can create greater opportunities for community based supports and permanent supportive housing.
Mental Health Partnerships is looking forward to working with individuals and community based organizations to complete this project, and ensure that mental health services, specifically peer support, are included in services offered, as a crucial component to the success of CUES and increasing opportunities for recovery.
We thank the Managing Director’s Office, Philadelphia Police Department, Philadelphia Fire Department, the District Attorney’s Office, the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disabilities, the Mayor’s Task Force on Opioids, and the recovery community, for being a partner in promoting groundbreaking ideas and recovery and resilience in our community.