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Provincial HSJCC
March 2017 Newsletter 


Letter from the Co-Chair
Message from the Co-Chair March 2017                                                                                                                                                           
Happy Spring to all!   As we complete our year, we have much to be proud of.  We would like to extend a big thank you to the Secretariat that has provided the backbone support to the Provincial HSJCC for the last year.  We are excited to report to our communities on the work that has transpired to bridge the gap and service delivery for individuals that intersect many sectors throughout our province.  Our team that the provincial level has completed the work plan for the coming year with many new initiatives emerging, so please check back to see how our project are unfolding or feel free to consult with your local or regional chairs regarding the work in your community.   We have many roles within the Provincial HSJCC that welcome additional support – if you would like to become more involved – please contact myself or Katie Almond – co-chair for the Provincial HSJCC.

We would like to highlight some recent accomplishments:

The newly designed HSJCC website has been launched!!!
The Provincial HSJCC have been working hard to launch a new website that truly captures the wealth of knowledge, information and initiatives that are being led by HSJCC committees all across Ontario. The website will enhance connection and collaboration across our 1500+ member HSJCC Network. We encourage all members of the HSJCC Network to take a look at the website and let us know what you think! Here is the link:

The Provincial Police-Hospital Framework is complete and we are ready to launch the new Framework. We are working closely with Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, and Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to launch this Framework. In the upcoming months, we will be hosting 4-5 Regional Forums across the province to introduce the framework and to provide more information on the work that has been completed by various stakeholders across the province.

The data collection phase of the Mental Health Court project is complete. We are planning to host a Mental Health Court Forum on April 24th to share the findings of the project.   This project was a scan of the provinces Mental Health Courts to examine operations and best practices. 

The Provincial HSJCC developed an Issue Management Plan last year, and since then, the Provincial members discussed three major issues that were guided by the Issue Management Plan. The first issue was about "Patient Transfers" and the second issue focused on "Addiction". Lastly, the third Issue Management session focused on "Developmental Disabilities". This newsletter includes a summary of lessons learned from these Issue Management discussions.
Thank you to all members of the HSJCC at the local, regional and provincial level.   As we move forward in 2017-18 we will continue to provide you with updates and ensure your community has access to information and knowledge to assist in your service to our clients.  Please don’t forget to mark your calendars for our upcoming Conference in November.
Heather Lumley

Provincial HSJCC Updates
The Provincial HSJCC continues to make great progress on all the work identified in its 2016/2017 workplan! Below are some highlights of the work that has been happening through the Provincial HSJCC over the fall:
  • The New HSJCC Website Has Launched! The HSJCC website has been redesigned to be a comprehensive online hub for our members and a tool to better share and profile the work of our network. Please take some time to explore the many resources and features on offer. Training materials designed to assist network members in utilizing the new site will be available to the network soon.  Your feedback is most welcome and appreciated.  We hope that you enjoy the new website!
  • The Provincial HSJCC Conference Planning Committee continues to plan for an exciting, engaging and informative even for the next conference, ‘Walking the Path: Finding the Way to Wellness’, November 20-22, 2017 in Toronto.  The committee is please to announce that the keynote address will be from former National Hockey League star Theo Fleury.  A call for abstracts will go out in the new year- watch this space for more updates!
  • The Provincial HSJCC held a full committee meeting on March 21st. Meeting highlights included a presentation regarding the Mental Health Courts Forum and the third dedicated issue management session, which focused on Developmental Disability and the Justice System.  The Provincial HSJCC will next meet on May 16th, 2017. 
  • The Provincial HSJCC is continuing its Mental Health Courts project, which aims to increase our understanding of how Mental Health Courts are operating across Ontario. By early next year, the HSJCC Secretariat will be wrapping up the data collection phase of the project and the results will be captured in a report on the current state and operations of Mental Health Courts in Ontario.  A forum will then be held in the spring to share the knowledge learned from the project.  
  • Police-Hospital Transition Project: in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, and the Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario Division, the Provincial HSJCC has been working with a dedicated Task Force to develop resources that will assist communities in Ontario to improve police-hospital transitions for individuals that have been apprehended under the Mental Health Act. A framework and toolkit to assist communities in improving police-hospital transitions across the province will be launched very soon, to be followed by a series of educational forums for police forces and hospitals.  Watch this space for further information on these future forums. 
Save the Date and Register!


Through our monthly webinars, the P-HSJCC continues to share information on various topics related to the justice and human services sectors. In the New Year, we will be hosting a webinar series on Addiction. Held on January 12th, the first webinar on this series provided an overview of addiction, and substance misuse. If you would like to receive the presentation from the first webinar, please email Kashfia Alam ( The second webinar will focus on the Opioid Crisis and lastly, the third webinar will take a closer look at addiction and the justice system. Stay tuned for more details about registration for these webinars! 

We had the privilege of hosting many great speakers to present these webinars to the members of the HSJCC Network. The Provincial Communications and Knowledge Exchange Committee guides the development of the topic areas and themes of the webinars.

If you missed any of our 2016 webinars, or would like to listen to it again, you can find them at the links provided below:

Traumatic Brain Injury and the Criminal Justice System:

Addressing Compassion Fatigue:
Police-Hospital Transition Framework:
Recommendations for Meeting the Needs of People with Complex Mental Health Needs:
John Howard Society’s Reintegration Centre:
Recent Accomplishments & Upcoming Activities of the HSJCC Network:

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder:
The Hamilton Acquired Brain Injury Corrections Working Group: Integrating Multiple Sectors for Better Complex Case Management
Overview of Developmental Services in Ontario
Forensic Early Intervention Service
Communicating with People with Mental Health Disabilities: What Justice Sector Professionals Can Do To Remove Barriers      

HSJCC Network Events 
Save the Date!  
The 2017 Provincial HSJCC Conference will be held November 20-22, 2017 in Toronto. The Conference Planning Committee is diligently working to organize another exciting and informative experience.  More information will be provided in upcoming newsletters. For more information contact Sherry Sim at
Call for Abstracts!

Last Chance to Submit Your Abstract for the 2017 Provincial HSJCC Conference!

The Provincial HSJCC Conference is the HSJCC network’s premiere educational event and the Conference Planning Committee encourages members and anyone working in human services and justice to submit an abstract! Presenters reach more than 400 professionals from across the human services and justice sectors, coming together to share promising practices, build cross-sector networks and engage in solutions for the people they serve. 
The call for abstracts for the conference has been extended to April 14, 2017.  To fill out and submit an abstract, click here.  Abstracts relating to the following streams will be accepted:

  • Aboriginal / First Nation / Métis and Racialized Populations
  • Aboriginal / Culture Perspectives
  • Family / People with Lived Experience
  • Forensic
  • Self Care / Wellness
  • Seniors
  • Youth / Social Media / Bullying / Suicide
  • Veterans / Post Traumatic

Visit the conference website for more information on the exciting lineup of speakers, sponsorship opportunities and much, much more.
Conference Planner Sherry Sim can also be reached at

The North York Local HSJCC 
Lunch and Learn on the Opioid Crisis
The North York Local HSJCC recently held a lunch-and-learn webinar on the Opioid Crisis. Conducted by Dr. Samim Hasham, it has been made available by link for those interested in watching the recording.

Click here for the Youtube Video

Click here for the Download Link

Issue Management Process
Over the last three P-HSJCC Meetings, committee members have engaged in two 'Issue Management' Sessions meant to precipitate conversation on issues that intersect the human services and justice sectors.  In November, the P-HSJCC dealt with the issue of Corrections-Hospital transfers, particularly those transfers that affect individuals in custody. In the January P-HSJCC meeting, the committee examined the Opioid Crisis and Ontario Strategy, hearing from a panel of experts. In March, the P-HSJCC discussed developmental disabilities and the justice system.

Corrections-Hospital Transfers:

This issue management session dealt with the complex means by which individuals in custody are transfered to Schedule 1 Hospitals for treatment or assessment. The P-HSJCC heard from the Forensic Directors Group, as well as a representative from the Ontario Review Board/MAG, who spoke to the operational realities facing various players in the justice system from judges to correctional facility superintendents . 

The result of the session was a commitment to further study of the issue, as well as the engagement of key policy makers within the relevant Ministries. The session will also aid the P-HSJCC in informing upcoming Projects, such as the roll-out of the Red Bag Program. A fair-deal of attention was placed on the unique concerns of those communities which, by nature of geography, are more remote or further from urban centers in the South of the Province.

The Opioid Crisis:

The issue management session for January built upon a presentation conducted by MOHLTC on the Ontario Opioid Strategy. Hearing from a panel composed of Ministry representatives, the John Howard Society of Ontario, and the Center for Addiction and Mental Health, the P-HSJCC engaged in a discussion of the Crisis that is currently being felt across Canada, responses from Government, and the concerns as they relate to the provision of care from civil society organizations. 

The resulting consensus from the Provincial Committee was that Local and Regional Committees should be engaged in a consultation as to how the Strategy and Crisis should be addressed by the HSJCC, and what Projects can be built or amended to support the roll-out of targeted responses. Please keep an eye out for emails that inform the Network of consultation dates and results.

Developmental Disability:

The Issue management session for March had the P-HSJCC look at developmental disabilities, developmental services, and how they intersect within the justice system. Invited speakers included Lisa Holmes, of Ongwanada, and Karen White of Developmental Services Ontario. Of particular note was the discussion held after the presentations, which focused on the provision of services within correctional institutions. Lisa Holmes discussed her work developing a toolkit for front-line staff to use in the identification of persons who may have a developmental disability, while Karen White provided some background to the services offered by DSO, as well as the process for applying for coverage.

With Support from the Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario Division
With Support from EENet
Funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

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