For clients accessing help at hospital emergency rooms

SAMI stands for Support for Addictions through Management of Independence, and is an intensive case management team created by Island Health. The SAMI team works intensively with clients who frequently seek help at hospital emergency rooms, aiding with psychiatric emergencies and detox. Comprised of a team lead, nurses, social workers, and Umbrella’s peer outreach workers, the team shares a common mandate to provide support at a vulnerable time. Each member of the program builds relationships and maintains connections to clients following their hospital visit for continued support and independence.