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CoI Gives Overview of Activities and Outcomes for 2013-2014
March 28, 2014

On Friday, February 21, 2014, the Community of Interest (CoI) gave an overview of its activities and outcomes for the fiscal year 2013-2014 at the EENet Communities of Interest Knowledge Exchange Event, in Toronto, Ontario. To see CoI co-lead Dorina Simeonov’s presentation slides, click hereAlso, below, is a graphic recording of the event by artist Patricia Kambitsch.

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A Conversation with Toronto Deputy Police Chief Mike Federico
March 28, 2014

On Friday March 28, 2014 the Provincial Human Services and Justice Coordinating (HSJCC) Committee Community of Interest hosted a one-hour webinar entitled, “A Conversation with Toronto Deputy Police Chief Mike Federico.” Approximately 175 participants from across Ontario and within a variety of sectors attended. The purpose of the webinar was to:

  • receive updates on the Toronto Police Service
  • learn about the challenges and successes of the Toronto Police Service Board Mental Health Sub-Committee’s work
  • bring together the justice and mental health sectors to share knowledge, insights, and responsibilities
  • and problem solve and facilitate a shared learning process that provides the opportunity to build capacity and shared responsibility.

To view a recording of the webinar please click here. Get additional info here

Special Populations Primer: Acquired Brain Injury & Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
March 27, 2014

On Thursday March 27, 2014 the Provincial Human Services and Justice Coordinating (HSJCC) Committee Community of Interest hosted a one-hour webinar entitled, “Special Populations Primer: Acquired Brain Injury & Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.” Approximately 150 participants from across Ontario and sectors attended. After a brief introduction from Heather Lumley, Executive Director, St. Leonard’s Society London and Chair of the South West Regional HSJCC, two presenters shared their expertise with the group: Veronica Pepper, Systems and Services Navigator for Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Acquired Brain Injury Systems Network and Nancy Hall, Facilitator for Niagara, Haldimand and Norfolk, The Southern Network of Specialized Care, Niagara Local HSJCC.

To view the slides used in the presentation please click here.

Watch webinar: Stranded without personal belongings
February 6, 2014

On January 29, 2014, over 130 participants attended the Stranded Without Personal Belongings webinar. The presenters included Katie Almond, Dorina Simeonov, Michael Dunn and Joslyn Gaston. The presenters provided an overview of the issue of prisoner’s personal belongings, based on a discussion paper by Steven Potje from CMHA Grand River Branch entitled, “The Issue of Prisoner Belongings – ‘A Recipe for Re-offending’”. They also highlighted promising practices from the field that may also be successful in other communities across Ontario.

You can access the discussion paper here.

You can watch the webinar here.

Stranded without personal belongings: putting offenders with mental health issues at risk
January 13, 2014

Join us for another free, engaging webinar from the Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee (HSJCC) Community of Interest on January 29, 2014 from 12pm to 1pm. The purpose of the webinar is to examine the issues related to offender belongings within the justice system in Ontario. Many individuals are released from custody without their medication, health card, money, keys to their residence and sometimes even without their civilian clothes. Individuals cannot or do not pick up their belongings due to transportation issues and other barriers, leaving them stranded and more likely to re-offend. Across Ontario, many Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committees (HSJCCs) are trying to address this issue through protocols and with the help of volunteers. More attention is being given to the retrieval of prisoner belongings both regionally and provincially. Based on the discussion paper “The Issue of Prisoner Belongings – A Recipe for Re-offending,” issues related to prisoner belongings and strategies being used to address them will be shared through this free webinar.

Register Here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/prisoner-belongings-webinar-tickets-9817308835#

**If you are on the wait list for the webinar, you will receive a follow up email with the recorded session once it is made available.

Watch webinar on two tools!
December 13, 2013

On December 13, over 140 participants attended the Hamilton Anatomy of Risk Management (HARM) webinar. The presenters included Sandie Leith, Dr. Gary Chaimowitz, Joan Dervin, and Dr. Susan Farrell. The two tools highlighted during the event are the HARM Tool for Forensic settings and the HARM Tool for Community environments.

You can watch the webinar here: http://camh.adobeconnect.com/p7ii1cu49t2/

Stay tuned for the next webinar regarding Prisoner Belongings to be held mid-January 2014 – registration coming soon.

Free webinar: Hamilton Anatomy of Risk Management (HARM) Tool
December 2, 2013

Join this free webinar and explore risk management as it relates to the specific implementation of the Hamilton Anatomy Risk Management (HARM) Tool.

The webinar will begin with an overview of the HARM tool. Risk factors for violence vary from inpatient hospital settings to community settings and this webinar will also explore implementation of the HARM tool in both settings. Learn from experts about implementation and ways in which your organization can use this tool.

When: Friday, December 13, 2013, 12 to 1 pm EST

To find out more about this event click here or contact Cathy Thompson at cathy.thompson [at] camh [dot] ca. To register click here.

Target Audience:
Individuals and organizations who provide services to individuals with mental health, addictions and other human service needs and are working in community and/or hospital settings.

Presenters:

  • Dr. Gary Chaimowitz, Associate Professor, Psychiatry & Behavioural Neurosciences, Head of Service, Forensics, Centre for Mountain Health Services, St. Joseph’s Healthcare
  • Joan Dervin, Director, Integrated Forensic Program, Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre, Chair of the Champlain Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee (HSJCC)
  • Susan Farrell, C.Psych. Clinical Director, Community Mental Health Program, Director of Training, Predoctoral Residency Program in Clinical Psychology, Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre

Renewed Funding for the HSJCC Community of Interest Announced
September 19, 2013

The Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee (HSJCC) Community of Interest (CoI) has received renewed funding from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health’s (CAMH) Evidence Exchange Network (EENet).

Last year the HSJCC COI successfully hosted two webinars. If you would like to see these webinars, click below:

1. Strategies for Community Service Providers for Engaging in Communication with Correctional Facilities in Ontario; and
2. Strategies for Implementing Effective Police-Emergency Department Protocols in Ontario.

This first webinar had over 70 attendees who learned ways to establish direct communication and how to formalize it when working with correctional facilities. The second webinar had close to 100 attendees and provided useful examples of working agreements between hospitals and police departments, which improved wait times in the emergency department for individuals with mental health and addictions issues who have come into contact with the law and the police officers that accompanied them.

In 2013-14, the HSJCC COI will continue to collaborate with the HSJCC Communications and Knowledge Transfer Committee to achieve the following objectives:

1. Identify and share exemplary practices in the human services and justice sectors that improve the lives of individuals with mental health and addictions issues who have come into contact with the law
2. Share information across the HSJCC network (over 1500 people) and beyond, and develop evaluation tools to assess the impact of Provincial HSJCC knowledge exchange events

Stay tuned for:

• New webinars sharing exemplary practices from across Ontario;
• The Provincial HSJCC Conference – New Realities: The Changing World from Youth to Elderly in Human Services & Justice on November 25-27th, 2013 (Register here!); and
• A new look to the HSJCC website with improved functionality and interface.

For more information on the HSJCC, visit the website and sign up for our quarterly newsletter by emailing CKT_Committee [at] hsjcc [dot] on [dot] ca.

Registration is now open for the 4th Biennial Provincial HSJCC Conference in 2013
June 18, 2013

The 2013 Provincial HSJCC Conference will focus on New Realities: The Changing World from Youth to Elderly in Human Services and Justice. We invite you to this fantastic conference held in Toronto from November 25-27th, 2013. The event is complete with diverse and knowledgeable speakers beginning with Mr. Wayne Hammond from Resiliency Initiatives as our first keynote on Monday. Justice Morten will be joining us on Monday afternoon.

On Tuesday, we will welcome Mr. Howard Sapers, Correctional Investigator of Canada, and we are featuring the Not Criminally Responsible Film after lunch. We are pleased to have Meaghan Buisson, Inline Speed Skating National and World Record Holder and representative of BodyWhys Youth Canada as our keynote speaker on Wednesday. We will also have many workshops to choose from throughout the 2.5 days of the conference covering theses such as concurrent disorders, youth, seniors, and family/lived experience.

Registration is available at: http://www.innovative4you.com/hsjcctoronto/conference.htm
Early Bird Registration ends September 30th, 2013 and Regular Registration closes November 15th.

Event Location:
Toronto Marriott Eaton Centre, 525 Bay Street
Book your Hotel Room: 1-800-905-0667
Group Code: HSJCC

For further information contact the Event Manager:
Sherry Sim
1.866.655.8548
sherry [at] innovative4you [dot] com

Strategies to Implement Effective Police-ED Protocols
March 29, 2013

Police officers, by virtue of their role as emergency responders, are often the first to arrive on the scene of a mental health crisis, and they often accompany individuals to the emergency room. Police officers and emergency department (ED) staff can offer unique insight about how to make the ED more efficient, to reduce wait-times for police officers and increase care for the person in crisis.

The Ontario Human Services & Justice Coordinating Committee (HSJCC) presented a webinar entitled, “Strategies for Implementing Effective Police-Emergency Department Protocols in Ontario.” On March 28, the topics covered were

  • The issues relating to police-accompanied visits to the ED; 
  • Strategies to implement police-ED protocols; 
  • A successful police-ED protocol from Hamilton, Ontario.

Presenters:
Heather Callender, Executive Director, St. Leonard’s Society London and Chair of the South West Regional HSJCC;
Phil Lillie, Detective Sergeant, Durham Regional Police Service and Co-Chair of the Durham Regional HSJCC;
Uppala Chandrasekera, Planning & Policy Analyst, Canadian Mental Health Association of Ontario and Policy Advisor to the Provincial HSJCC;
Terry McGurk, Manager of COAST, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton and Co-Chair of the Central South Regional HSJCC.

Click here to view this webinar.

For more information about the HSJCC visit hsjcc.on.ca.

Webinar: Communicating with Correctional Facilities
January 29, 2013

Click here to watch the latest webinar entitled Strategies for Community Service Providers for Engaging in Communication with Correctional Facilities in Ontario presented on January 22, 2013

Download the Strategies for Community Service Providers for Engaging in Communication with Correctional Facilities in Ontario. Info Guide here

Download the Strategies for Community Service Providers for Engaging in Communication with Correctional Facilities in Ontario Fact Sheet here

Coming soon:
We will be posting a link to register for the March webinar: Police Protocols in the ER
Additional updates and information related to the projects of the HSJCC Community of Interest

Presentation Introduces HSJCC Members
December 2012

An EENet presentation was delivered at the November Provincial HSJCC meeting to introduce members to the intent and deliverables of the CoI. The HSJCC Communication and Knowledge Transfer Committee met November 26th and reviewed:

About the The Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committees (HSJCCs)

The Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committees (HSJCCs) were established based on the Provincial Strategy to Coordinate Human Services and Criminal Justice Systems in Ontario (1997), in response to a recognized need in the province to coordinate resources and services, and plan more effectively for people who are in conflict with the law. Priority consideration is for people with a serious mental illness, developmental disability, acquired brain injury, drug and alcohol addiction, and/or fetal alcohol syndrome.

The HSJCC Network is comprised of 39 Local HSJCCs, 14 Regional HSJCCs, and one Provincial HSJCC funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Each HSJCC is a voluntary collaboration between health and social service organizations, community mental health and addictions organizations, and partners from the justice sector including crown attorneys, judges, police services, and correctional service providers.

The Regional and Local HSJCCs coordinate communication and service integration planning among health, social services, and criminal justice organizations within specific regions. Structurally, the Local HSJCCs provide input to the fourteen Regional HSJCCs, which in turn provide input to the Provincial HSJCC. As well, the entire network of 54 committees supports knowledge transfer across the province.

The Provincial HSJCC consists of regional chairs representing their Regions and ex-officio members from important stakeholder groups such as Corrections Services Canada, the Ontario Provincial Police, and the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police. There are also ex-officio representatives from the Ministries of the Attorney General, Community and Social Services, Health and Long-Term Care, Community Safety and Correctional Services, and Children and Youth Services.

The main goal of the HSJCC Community of Interest (CoI) is to share knowledge and expertise from all levels of HSJCC’s, address knowledge gaps, collaboratively develop new knowledge, and engage stakeholders from criminal justice, mental health, addictions, and the human services sectors.

The HSJCC COI will collaborate with the existing HSJCC Communication and Knowledge Transfer Committee to achieve the objectives of the COI. The anticipated deliverables are:

  • a webinar based on the HSJCC Info Guide, titled, Strategies for Community Service Providers for Engaging in Communication with Correctional Facilities in Ontario;
  • a webinar based on the HSJCC Police-Emergency Room Protocols Project;
  • an enhanced HSJCC website for knowledge transfer and exchange for service providers, clients, family members, and the general public; and
  • a Police/Mental Health Education Directory is made available through the HSJCC website.

We look forward to connecting with the other COIs funded by EENet in order to further enhance knowledge transfer in the field of addictions and mental health. For more information about the HSJCC, visit us online at www.hsjcc.on.ca