The latest issue of the Harm Reduction Journal features an article based on the stories and experiences of peer workers in a multidisciplinary care team in Toronto, Canada. It uses in-depth interviews to gain a deeper understanding of the transition from client to support worker, with special attention to issues surrounding harm reduction and substance use. For those who work on interdisciplinary teams addressing hepatitis and substance use alike, this case study gives insight into the kinds of structures that are needed to support peer workers.
The cases examined suggest that successful integration of current and former clients into health care teams requires “broad qualification criteria, sufficient transition timelines, flexible job responsibilities, a solid investment in the inclusion of people with lived experience, and a harm reduction framework.”
Read the full report in the Harm Reduction Journal here.