Stakeholder Survey for Youth Opioid Use in Alberta

INTRODUCTION

Thank you for taking the time to complete the survey. In 2018, the Office of the Child and Youth Advocate released an investigative review, Into Focus, looking into the deaths of 12 young people who died from opioid poisoning between October 2015 and September 2017. All were receiving child intervention services when they passed, or had received services within two years of their death.

The report brought attention to the need for a youth-specific response to the opioid crisis. Five recommendations were made to various ministries and agencies, including Education, Health, Children’s Services, and Alberta Health Services. While progress has been made, these five recommendations have not yet been met.

In light of the ongoing opioid crisis, the OCYA is now preparing a follow-up report to see what has changed since 2018.

If you provide services to young people who use opioids or who have used them in the past, we want to hear from you. We want to know your perspective on what is important and helpful in supporting young people through prevention, intervention, and treatment of substance use.

Who is OCYA?

The Office of the Child and Youth Advocate (OCYA) works with vulnerable young people. The OCYA provides individual and systemic advocacy for children and youth receiving “designated services” as defined under the Child and Youth Advocate Act, which includes young people who are receiving services under the Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act (CYFEA), the Protection of Sexually Exploited Children Act (PSECA) and/or involved in the youth justice system. 

Purpose

We are interested in hearing about your perspectives on youth opioid use in Alberta.

We will be asking you what is and/or is not working in the provincial response to youth opioid use. Your perspectives can help bring attention to the realities facing young people, and highlight the supports and services needed to reduce the harmful impacts of opioid use.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Who can do the survey?

Caseworkers, frontline agency staff, caregivers, and other individuals who work with and support young people who use or have used opioids.

How long will the survey take?

There are 5 questions in the survey. The time it takes to finish will depend on how you answer the questions.

Will anyone know I answered the questions?

No. Your safety and privacy is very important to us. Your identity will be kept private and your name will never be attached to your answers.

What if I don't have answers for some of the questions?

No problem! Just answer the questions that you can. We appreciate anything you have to tell us about any of the topics. Just type "no comment" or leave it blank.

I don’t really like to write out a bunch of stuff. Is there another way to do the survey?

Yes! If you want, you can complete the questions over the phone with someone from the Office of the Child and Youth Advocate. We can also meet you in person, or you can attend a focus group. You can phone Mari Hidalgo at 587-983-7879. Mari will make sure that your name will not be identified and no one else knows the answers you shared with her.

How will the answers be used?

Survey answers will contribute to a report updating the public on the youth opioid situation in Alberta. It will look at what has changed since the last report in 2018 and what still needs to be done to ensure effective youth specific prevention and treatment. This report will include young people's experiences, what is and/or is not working, and perspectives on what things could be done to reduce the harmful impacts of opioid use on young people.

 

If you have any other questions about the survey, you can contact Mari Hidalgo at the Office of the Child and Youth Advocate: maricon.hidalgo@ocya.alberta.ca  587-983-7879.

Thank you for taking the time to complete the survey!