What is a Community Action Team for?
First established in 2018, Community Action Teams ("CATs") are part of the B.C. government’s response to the toxic drug crisis.
The life-saving harm-reduction mandates of these teams include naloxone distribution, localized overdose prevention strategies and services, peer support provision and initiatives to reduce the stigma associated with drug use and/or overdose.
In 2021, the provincial government invested $2.5 million into CATs, with a goal of ensuring British Columbian communities hardest hit by the overdose crisis are resourced to provide effective, regional-specific responses. qCAT is one of 35 teams in B.C. operating with funds from that investment.