Our Prototyping Journey
How we are testing our idea
Ithaca will create a physical mock-up of the one-stop-shop and engage substance-use affected individuals (including users, high-risk neighbors) and social service agencies in providing feedback on if and how they would interact with the space.
Our idea will impact all people who use drugs, as well as those who work with, related to or live in environments where drugs are used.Stephen Smith, City Councilman
One thing we're discovering through testing
The Ithaca team hired an architect with experience in designing for safe consumption settings to help to build 3D renderings of what the space will look like. Bringing in this expertise has allowed the team to think about aspects of the design of the physical space which they would have otherwise overlooked. For example, the team must consider that individuals will need storage for their possessions in order for them to feel comfortable using the space.
When you have a topic with a level of controversy attached to it, you’re always gonna have challenges with stakeholders in the community.Michelle McElroy, Deputy Executive Director, Southern Tier AIDS Program
Stellar article on Ithaca's Reach Medical. Notes #twIthaca as harm reduction leader & city's selection as @BloombergDotOrg #MayorsChallenge finalist. @NYGovCuomo, let us innovate—say #YesToSCS. #EndOverdoseIthaca #EndOverdoseNY @AllegedButler @SvanteMyrick http://www.ithaca.com/news/ithaca/a-compassionate-approach-keeping-people-alive-is-at-the-core/article_287aedee-5ea6-11e8-991c-ef35c89e9297.html …1:55 PM - 23 May 2018 kcelentano