OHSUTP: Bringing the gaps between substance abuse, HIV/AIDS and mental health

The Ontario HIV and Substance Use Training Program provides training to substance use, mental health and allied service providers in Ontario in order to increase knowledge of HIV/AIDS and to promote skills development.

OHSUTP is a service of Fife House and is funded by the AIDS Bureau, Ministry of Health and Long-term Care. A provincial Advisory Committee consisting of representatives from substance use and AIDS service organizations provides input into programming issues.

The update on methods of transmission improved my knowledge. The discussions that emerged about stigma related to HIV and substance use highlighted the common experience of service users and service providers. I really appreciated the fact that our agency came together around “one topic” – but was able to relate it to various and diverse aspects of our work.

Pamela J. Hill, BA MDiv

Program Manager, Heartspace Program
Addiction Services of Thames Valley

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