Francisca “Sissy” Rilatos CHW, Certified Recovery Mentor currently works as a Harm Reduction outreach specialist for the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians located in Siletz, Oregon. Confederated Tribes of Siletz is the only tribe in Oregon that currently has a Harm reduction program. Sissy is a Siletz tribal member and has lived in Siletz her entire life. She has an extensive background with addiction she has 20 years of lived experience which gives her the unique ability to reach clients with already established relationships.
Services she is currently providing syringe access, Naloxone distribution, HIV/HEPC rapid testing and peer support.
Although, Sissy has over two years of recovery and is very passionate about providing services to people who struggle with SUD, she understands that harm reduction is multi-faceted, and that progress can be made by all clients and complete abstinence is not the only way to measure success.
Sissy says the most important thing about Harm Reduction is that it saves lives.