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Provincial HSJCC
September 2016 Newsletter 


Letter from the Co-Chair
Message from the Co-Chair September 2016

Although the HSJCC Secretariat has been up and running for less than a year, there has been a great deal accomplished through daily research, writing, brainstorming, planning, and creating, by a talented team—some who have moved on to other positions-- and another who has just joined us. We have also re-named a couple of the positions, to more accurately reflect their roles and responsibilities:

We would like to welcome Lawrence Blake as the HSJCC Network Coordinator. For the past five years, Lawrence was an Officer in the Canadian Forces, Department of National Defense.  Lawrence was responsible for the supervision and wellbeing of soldiers during training and operations, and he has extensive experience conducting planning within a multi-million dollar budget. 

Joseph Szamuhel, our former Administrative Officer, successfully competed for the position of Project Manager, replacing Jenna Hitchcox. Kashfia Alam’s role as Implementation and Training Officer has been given the new title of “Engagement and Education Officer”.
The Provincial HSJCC continues to host monthly webinars.  Attendance has been high and feedback has been very positive!
The new HSJCC website will be launching soon – stay tuned! The new website is much more user friendly. We encourage participation from all HSJCC Network members in ensuring that the information on their Regional and/or Local pages on the website is up-to-date. Members should use the new and improved website to showcase their HSJCC related initiatives and events
In addition:

  • The Police-Hospital Transition Project has been completed, and translated into French. Launch of the project has been delayed due to changes in the Provincial Cabinet that took place during the summer months. We are hoping to launch the Framework soon, and following that, we will be hosting 4-5 Regional Forums across the province to introduce it. 
  • The data collection phase of the Mental Health Court project is almost complete. We are planning to host a forum early next year to share the findings of this project 
  • The Provincial HSJCC is currently developing an Issue Management Plan, Policy Consultation Procedure, and a Member Engagement Plan. The major goals of these three Workplan items is to enhance support and communication across the Provincial, Regional and Local committees.
  • The planning committee for the 2017 Provincial HSJCC conference has managed to secure an outstanding keynote speaker.  We have 14 months until convening again at the Toronto Marriott, but as anyone who has ever planned a conference knows, time flies at an increasingly rapid rate!  The conference committee has 20 dedicated individuals striving to design and create an educational and memorable experience.
Katie Almond

Provincial HSJCC Updates

The new HSJCC Network website is launching soon!
Throughout the summer, work has continued on the new and improved HSJCC Network website.  When it launches in the near future, the new website will provide the network with a more functional online space to share and learn about our work.  The HSJCC Secretariat and Chair of the Communication and Knowledge Exchange Committee have been diligently creating content and sharing submitted information from Local and Regional HSJCCs to ensure the website will, from the very beginning, serve as a useful hub for network members and aid them in all their diverse activities.  With its fresh look and feel, the new website will also showcase to the general public the invaluable work that HSJCCs engage in across the province.  We look forward to launching the website very soon- look out for news about the upcoming formal launch in your inboxes!
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.  Watch this space for more updates in the near future.
Update on the Provincial HSJCC Workplan
The Provincial HSJCC has been making steady progress on its 2016/2017 workplan! Below are some highlights of the work that has been happening through the Provincial HSJCC over the summer:
  • The Provincial HSJCC held a full committee meeting on September 20. Meeting highlights included a presentation from members of the Mental Health and Addictions Leadership Advisory Council on their Core Services project and a presentation from the Mental Health and Addictions branch of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and from the Evidence Exchange Network.  The Evidence Exchange Network for Mental Health and Addictions (EENet) provided an overview of their knowledge exchange activities and how they support these functions with the Provincial HSJCC.  The group also shared updates on activities being undertaken across the HSJCC Network.  The Provincial HSJCC will next meet on November 22, 2016. 
  • The Provincial HSJCC launched the Mental Health Courts project this year, with the purpose of increasing our understanding of how Mental Health Courts are operating across Ontario. The project has been supported by a Working Group of HSJCC Network members dedicated to helping us learn more about each of the Mental Health Courts across the province. Currently, 20 Mental Health courts across Ontario have participated in the survey. 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.
  • 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. This project is building on past work of the Provincial HSJCC and current police- hospital protocols across Ontario by creating a framework and toolkit to assist communities in improving police-hospital transitions across the province. The Task Force of over 35 individuals represent clients, police services, hospitals, Local Health Integration Networks, community mental health and addictions agencies, and other justice and health related organizations. They met and discussed the contents of a potential framework and toolkit over the Winter months.  Stakeholder consultations were held on the work of the Task Force with key groups representing hospitals, police services, mental health and addictions, and the client/patient perspective. The final Framework and Toolkit is expected to be released later this year.

Speech from the Throne

The Liberal government delivered its speech from the Throne on Monday, September 12, 2016, after Premier Kathleen Wynne prorogued the Legislature on Thursday, September 8th. The speech was delivered by Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, Elizabeth Dowdeswell, and focused mainly on the economy, child care and education, electricity rebates, and business development. Mention of health care issues focused on primary care investments but did not make any direct mention of mental health initiatives or improvements.

This prorogation will mean that all bills that were before the legislature will have to be reintroduced. This will include the Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care legislation, which just passed first reading in June, 2016. Other bills affecting persons with disabilities that will need to be reintroduced include: the Service Dogs for Persons with Disabilities Act, the Promoting Affordable Housing Act, and the Maternal Mental Health Awareness Day Act.


Through our monthly webinars, the P-HSJCC continues to share information on various topics related to the justice and human services sectors. 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 our last few webinars or would like to listen to it again, you can find them at the links provided below:
 The Police-Hospital Transition Framework:
Recommendations for Meeting the Needs of People with Complex Mental Health Needs:

John Howard Society’s Reintegration Centre:

Recent Accomplishments and Upcoming Activities of the HSJCC Network:

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and the Criminal Justice System:

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

Southeast Ontario Regional HSJCC Conference on Youth at Risk
Location: Ambassador Hotel, Kingston ON
Date: Nov 16th, 2016
For more information, contact Sherry Sim at

Community Wellness Fair
    Date: November 17th, 2016 (10AM-4PM) 
    Location: Orillia Public Library
    For more information, contact Amy-Charlotte Webb at

International Community Corrections Association Conference
Widening the Lens of Community Justice: Poverty, Race and Trauma
October 2-5, 2016
Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto
More information:
MAG Court Services Webinar Series

CMHA Ontario has partnered with the Ministry of the Attorney General in providing a mental health and addictions webinar series for the Ministry’s Court Services Division. There will be two separate webinars launched in October, 2016, for both management and frontline staff, to address mental health and addictions issues among staff as well as in dealing with members of the public.

The intent is to help employees and management better understand mental health and addictions and the key concepts of mental health promotion, as well as how to best provide support to individuals interacting with the criminal courts. Frontline workers are required to deal with many different people on a daily basis, with a variety of distinct issues and concerns. Proper education and training can make their jobs easier and provide members of the public who come into contact with the justice system with the best possible supports and services.

The webinars also focus on the function and role of the HSJCC Network and how it can provide additional support in servicing individuals with mental health and addictions issues in the criminal justice system.

CMHA Ontario is proud to provide these webinars as part of our education and training services.

Criminal Justice Service Agreement finalized by Kenora HSJCC
The Kenora Rainy River District Human Services & Justice Coordinating committee has finalized a criminal justice service agreement that’s purpose is to facilitate services to individuals who have been identified within the criminal justice system as being in need of mental health or addiction services, developmental services, or acquired brain injury services within the Kenora Court District for the purpose of their safe reintegration into the community.  The agreement:
  1. Will clarify roles of all parties involved
  2. Define the accountability relationship between the parties to the agreement
  3. Set out protocols for communication and information exchange and working relationships that support the accountability relationship
The philosophy of the parties to this agreement are to provide treatment close to home as possible and of repatriation when it is feasible based on the individuals clinical needs and if here are suitable resources within their home community.
The outcomes and impact that the group is hoping to achieve are the following:

  1. Timely identification and connection to community services
  2. Client and staff education to make informed choices
  3. Alternative to correctional strategies
  4. Developing partnerships and protocols
  5. Adapting to wider mandates
  6. Addressing issues as they arise
  7. Enhance and build capacity within each organization listed in the agreement which in turn will enhance the system
  8. Evaluation of partnerships.
Through this process CMHA Kenora Branch in partnership developed 3 navigation maps to support clients, families, and organization on navigating the youth and adult criminal justice system within Kenora.
For more information about this initiative, please email Sara Dias, Executive Director of CMHA Kenora Branch (
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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