Integrated Programs Paradigm As a Response to Harm Reduction Shortcomings in Quebec.

Sunday, 10 July 2016: 14:30
Location: Hörsaal 10 (Juridicum)
Oral Presentation
Romain PAUMIER, Universite du Quebec a Montreal, Canada
Especially strong as a political assessment and a scientific result in Quebec for the last decade, integrating programs and services has risen as a mean to enhance effectivity of public policies: rationalizing welfare, facilitating individual trajectories of health care and improving knowledge of marginalized populations. Trying to fit in actual harm reduction policies, integrating programs in the field of drug abuse is seen as systematic linkage between beneficiaries, street-level bureaucrats, and other institutions, from health care to drug courts. 


This communication addresses the definition of harm reduction shortcomings in Canadian literature and in Quebec, and the solutions included in integrating programs and structures. Will be discussed that, somewhat contradictory with a large part of harm reduction principles, the strict application of integration at a larger scale might be problematic or even contradictory with the everyday acts of care and social intervention in drug abuse.