Items of potential risk brought to Program sites

Revised January 2018

Relevant Legislation

N/A

Intent

All programs will have procedures related to the handling of certain items brought into program sites by staff and people served.  These include:  Illegal drugs, legal drugs, prescription medication and weapons.

Definitions

N/A

Policy

Clients

If a client enters a program site and they disclose that they have  legal drugs or prescription medications, staff strategize with the client ways to ensure that the items are safe from being misplaced, stolen or misused on site.  This may include safe storage or negotiated strategies on how to ensure safety of the items.  If a client discloses they have illegal drugs at a program site, they will be asked to leave the premises.  Staff will inform clients that illegal drugs are not permitted on program sites.

If a client discloses that they have a weapon or a weapon is seen to be on their person or in their belongings, the client will be asked to leave the site and be reminded that weapons are not permitted on program sites.  Police may be called if appropriate.

Staff

Staff is required to keep all legal or prescription drugs in a safe location when they are working.  Staff will take efforts to ensure that the items are safe from being misplaced, stolen or misused on site.  Strategies to ensure safety of the items can be discussed with the program director.

Staff is not permitted to bring illegal drugs or weapons onto program sites.

 

Procedures

See program manual