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Provincial HSJCC
March 2016 Newsletter 


Letter from the New Co-Chair
I am very pleased and honoured to accept the role of Co-Chair for the Provincial HSJCC.  I have witnessed, over the years, the transformation of the P-HSJCC table and the passion and dedication of all individuals that attend.  This dedication from representatives at our P-HSJCC table stretches to each region and local across the province.  We work together and strive to increase knowledge, enhance services, and support change within the complex intersections of health and justice in each of our respective communities.  I have been fortunate to observe the synergy of like-minded partners, and the drive of those individuals, to change our communities.  These individuals question, critique and challenge the ‘status quo’ until new solutions, new learnings and new systems are developed.
This is a very exciting and transformational time for the P-HSJCC.  For the past few years, the P-HSJCC has been determined to ensure stabilized funding in order to build on the projects and deliverables that the P-HSJCC has been leading and participating in since 1997.   In 2015, the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care accepted our proposal and awarded annualized funding to the P-HSJCC. The additional funds will provide the necessary backbone structure to advance more projects and align more resources in order to promote positive change with individuals that are affected by the many challenges faced in our health and justice systems. The complexity of our systems often impact ones’ ability to receive streamlined and adequate care.  The work of our local, regional and provincial HSJCC members and partners– which total over 2400 individuals – assist in addressing these challenges and work to promote equality and access to care for all individuals in Ontario.
My personal passion and desire to take on this role as Co-Chair for the P-HSJCC stems from my belief in and dedication to help vulnerable individuals in our communities. I have worked in mental health and addictions for 15 years previous to joining St. Leonard’s Community Services, London and Region which is an agency that delivers services to individuals and families that are involved or at risk of involvement in the criminal justice system.  My past experience in the health sector and current role in Community Corrections provides me with a lens in which to look at the full picture from many perspectives.   With my experience and knowledge in multi-sector policy, program development and service delivery, I hope to assist the P-HSJCC network of providers to make meaningful and sustainable changes in our systems to bridge our communities and strengthen the way that individuals receive care. 
I am excited and pleased t
o play a leadership role on this committee and welcome any questions or concerns from individuals, service providers and stakeholders so that we can work together and strive together to build stronger and healthier communities across Ontario.

Thank you,

Heather Lumley, M.A.
Co-Chair, Provincial Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee
Provincial HSJCC Updates


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 an eager audience of usually over hundred participants. The Provincial Communications and Knowledge Exchange Committee guides the development of the topic areas and themes of the webinars.
If you missed our last two webinars or would like to listen to it again, you can find them at the links provided below:

Webinar on Traumatic Brain Injury and the Criminal Justice System:

Webinar on Addressing Compassion Fatigue:
Webinar on Improving Police-Hospital Transitions for Ontarians:

Partnership with the Evidence Exhange Network

The Provincial HSJCC is pleased to once again receive knowledge broker support from EENet’s Community of Interest (CoI) initiative. The work of the HSJCC CoI will increase and strengthen collaborations between provincial Ministries and organizations, and across different sectors.
For a period of two years (Jan 2016-Dec 2017), the HSJCC CoI will receive knowledge broker support from EENet. The Knowledge Broker will facilitate knowledge exchange planning, assist with creating knowledge products, plan and support virtual events, develop an online collaborative space on EENet Connect, and share the work of the HSJCC CoI with other CoIs and relevant stakeholders through various communication outlets. HSJCC and EENet will work together to monitor and evaluate all CoI activities.
Update on the NEW HSJCC Website 

The Provincial HSJCC is currently working with a website developer to create a new website for the HSJCC Network! The new website will include sub-pages for each of the local and regional HSJCCs like the current website, but will have additional areas of content such as personal stories and practice profiles that can be uploaded by members of the HJSCC Network.

The launch date for the website is expected to be over the Spring of 2016, and we hope that this website will provide an online platform to share and learn about the work of the HSJCC Network.

An online training webinar for HSJCCs interested in updating their own sites will be made available once the website is up and running. Stay tuned for this exciting new resource and knowledge exchange tool for the HSJCC Network!
Provincial HSJCC Workplan

The Provincial HSJCC workplan for 2016-2019 is currently being drafted with the members of the provincial committee and the HSJCC secretariat.  The workplan activities have been built off of the Priority Setting Exercise survey that was completed by all regional and local HSJCCs over the last few months of 2015.

There will be a webinar hosted at the beginning of June 2016 for the HSJCC Network to learn about the 2016-2019 Provincial HSJCC workplan and we are looking forward to sharing the anticipated activities for the next three years of the provincial committee with you! Webinar details will be forwarded to the HSJCC mailing list once they become available. We will also share highlights of the regional and local HSJCC 2016/2017 so that everyone can learn about the work that the network as a whole will be working on over the next year at a local and regional level.
HSJCC Network Events 
WayPoint Conference
May 17th -18th 2016

Conference Location: 
Holiday Inn Barrie Hotel & Conference Centre, Barrie, ON
Conference Website:
Annual Risk & Recovery Conference
April 7th – April 8th 2016

Conference Location:
Sheraton Hotel, Hamilton ON
Conference Website:
Downtown Toronto Local HSJCC Lunch and Learn on Legal and Psychosocial Perspectives on Dementia
March 31, 2016
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Speakers: Julia Chao, Director of Senior Services at WoodGreen and Vivian Ropchan, Defense Counsel
Location: Old City Hall, 60 Queen Street, Toronto Room 155
Southeast Ontario Regional HSJCC Conference on Youth at Risk
Nov 16th, 2016

Conference Location:
Ambassador Hotel, Kingston ON
For more information, contact Sherry Sim at

Personal Story:
Why Am I Part of the HSJCC Network?
Trevor Tymchuk
P-HSJCC Communications and Knowledge Exchange Committee Chair

I became involved with the HSJCC in 2000, when I joined the Sudbury-Manitoulin Local committee. My path to the HSJCC is somewhat unique, as I do not represent any agency or ministry. About 20 years ago, I had my first and only psychotic episode and, long story short, I was convicted of assault, and served some time at the former Guelph Assessment and Treatment Centre. I was already involved with mental health services, as both a client and with committees and boards of directors. In representing the governance bodies of programs in East Algoma, I learned of the HSJCC, and pretty much begged to join. Right from the beginning, I saw the value of the committee. At a local level, the committee was able to bring together various service providers, and not only get to know what services everyone offered, but also problem-solve complex clients. In some instances, an individual would be offered a service or resource that had been unknown to their case worker, and it could be of immense help.

When Regional committees were established, I joined the Northeast Regional HSJCC, and through that, became a member of the Algoma Local committee. Several years ago, I became co-chair, then chair, of the Northeast Regional HSJCC, and that brought me to the Provincial table, representing northeastern Ontario. The provincial committee was a great place to learn about issues affecting other areas of the province – some common, others somewhat unique to a region. Soon after joining the Provincial committee, I joined, then chaired, the Communications and Knowledge Exchange Committee, handling the newsletter and website.

When I joined the Provincial committee, the Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario Division, had been providing policy support to the Provincial committee, but it was soon obvious to me that more resources were needed. As a Regional representative, I saw that while issues worked their way up to the provincial table, there were almost limited resources to address these issues.

A few years ago, I moved from the Northeast to the Niagara area, and had to give up my position as a regional representative. I was very grateful to the Provincial committee for appointing me to one of two at-large positions on the Steering Committee, allowing me to remain on the provincial committee. I was also happy to join the Hamilton-Niagara-Brant-Haldimand-Norfolk Regional and Niagara Local committees.

Thankfully, as of last July, the provincial government has been able to provide the resources for the provincial network to have some staff resources. While my duties handling the day-to-day communications work of the network has changed, I am very happy that there are now people who are working full-time on network projects.

As someone with lived experience, of both the human services and justice sectors, I am committed as ever to the HSJCC and its’ mandate. I’ve seen the work that happens at the local and regional levels, and know that people have been helped as a result. Now, with dedicated staff, the effectiveness of the network as a whole will be substantially increased, and even more people will be helped. I’m very proud to be part of that work.

HSJCC Network Updates
HKPR Regional HSJCC sponsors day-long event to bring together justice and human service sectors

What would be possible if we deepened relationships and synergies between our human service and criminal justice silos and agencies?

On Feb 22nd, this was the question that brought together many people engaged in human service and criminal justice work across the Haliburton, Kawartha and Pine Ridge regions.The daylong gathering was presented as “an opportunity to understand one another’s roles even more deeply, break down barriers across counties, connect our community members with the right people and resources, build synergy and get traction on the ground”. The event was sponsored by the HKPR (Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge) Regional HSJCC, which seeks to co-ordinate resources and services, and plan more effectively for people who are in conflict with the law. The gathering surfaced new shared leadership as three live projects emerged from the resulting small groups.

The day-long event was summarized in a great video which can be found here: 
Forum on Crystal Methamphetamine in Waterloo and Wellington Region
Local health and social service providers from across Wellington County and Waterloo Region came together to attend a one-day forum on March 21,2016 that provided information, raised awareness and built community capacity to respond to the increased use of Crystal Meth in our communities.

The Forum was made possible through funding from a Proceeds of Crime Grant, Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services and the Waterloo Wellington Regional HSJCC. It was co-sponsored by the Canadian Mental Health Association Waterloo Wellington Dufferin, Waterloo Region Integrated Drugs Strategy and the Wellington Guelph Drug Strategy.
Dr. Tim Guimond, a clinician researcher from St. Michaels’ Hospital in Addictions, Concurrent Disorders and Biostatistics opened the forum with key messages about using harm reduction practices to support clients. A range of topics were discussed during the forum, including:
  • Safety concerns for front-line workers related to the production and/or use of Crystal Meth
  • Effective practices for working with clients who are delusional or paranoid
  • Harm reduction practices specific to the use of Crystal Meth
  • Supporting withdrawal management practices for clients who are using Crystal Meth
Kenora Rainy River District HSJCC completed an evaluation on the Kenora Mental Health Court

The evaluation compared the demographic characteristics of clients involved with the mental health court in Kenora with those clients who were not involved with the mental health court. A few key findings from the evaluation include:
  • participants within the 2010 sample who were involved within the mental health court reoffended less (had less contact with the criminal justice system) than those participants in 2005 when only the regular court system was in place. In 2005, 51% of participants reoffended, compared to 26% in 2010.
  • 18% of those involved within the mental health court were readmitted to the hospital, compared to 38% of participants were readmitted to hospital when they were not involved with the mental health court
To find out more information about the evaluation of the Kenora Mental Health Court, please contact Sara Dias, Executive Director at CMHA Kenora. Sara can be reached at
Waterloo Wellington HSJCC will be releasing the Navigating the Youth Mental Health & Justice Systems booklet

The Waterloo Wellington HSJCC will be releasing their second publication, Navigating the Youth Mental Health & Justice Systems: Understanding the Process and the People That Can Help, follow-up to Mental Health, the Justice System and YOU

This information booklet will provide general information on the youth experience within the mental health and justice system in Ontario.  A need for a youth version of the original adult-based booklet arose out of a number of system issues identified within the youth mental health and justice system.  Further enhanced by the contributions of local police, justice system representatives and social service and youth serving organizations this booklet presents a true co-operative effort spanning numerous HSJCC-associated sectors.
HSJCC Partner and Stakeholder Updates
Bill 163: Supporting Ontario’s First Responders Act (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)

On February 18, 2016, Bill 163: Supporting Ontario’s First Responders Act (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder), received first reading in the Ontario Legislature and is currently moving through the debate process of its second reading. In a joint effort by the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, the Honourable Yasir Naqvi, and the Minister of Labour, the Honourable Kevin Flynn, Bill 163 is aimed at preventing and mitigating the risk of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among first responders.

Police officers are among the list of first responders that the proposed legislation will apply to. The proposed legislation creates a presumption that PTSD diagnosed in first responders is related to their work, which would mean those in need would receive Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) benefits quicker, ultimately supporting positive recovery. Bill 163 is therefore an Act to amend the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997 and the Ministry of Labour Act with respect to post-traumatic stress disorder.

Bill 163 is reinforcing the Ontario government’s province-wide PTSD strategy which includes the creation of a radio and digital media campaign aimed at increasing awareness about PTSD among first responders, their families and communities and eliminating the stigma that too often prevents those in need from seeking help.
LAO Mental Health Strategy

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) has launched a new Mental Health Strategy to better serve its client population with mental health and addictions issues. It is part of the organization’s long-term commitment to mental health rights and advocacy across the province.

The implementation of this Strategy will hopefully change the way the legal system deals with people with mental health and addictions issues. By increasing access to legal services and expanding the reach of legal advocacy, this vulnerable client population will be able to effectively address intersecting issues.

Since 2014, LAO has been engaged in consultations across the province to develop its Mental Health Strategy. The Strategy is focused on rights, access to justice, and sustainable change, by improving advocacy for clients with mental health and addictions issues. LAO is engaged in several initiatives as a part of this Strategy, such as their Provincial Offences Act Program at the Old City Hall Courthouse in Toronto, which is aimed at helping clients with mental health issues who are routinely charged with minor provincial offences such as panhandling or trespassing.

CMHA Ontario and the Provincial HSJCC have been engaged in a project with LAO since 2014 to develop a resource tool for lawyers assisting clients with mental health issues. The resource tool will help lawyers identify mental health concerns and any corresponding social supports that might be required, and provide guidance on where and how to access those supports. In improving the mental health competency of lawyers and advocates, the goal is to improve the process and the outcomes for clients with mental health and addictions issues in the justice system. 
Update on CAMH’s Service Collaboratives
System Improvement through System Collaboration:
Broadening Our Scope

In the January, 2016 HSJCC newsletter, we featured the four Justice Service Collaboratives that began in Phase 1 of our work. As we enter spring, we are ramping up our Phase 2 support for Ontario's Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy.  Below is an overview of our Phase 2 work which includes sustaining current interventions, scaling up interventions that work, and launching five new Service Collaboratives.
One of our top priorities continues to be the linkage between justice, mental health and addictions systems. One example of our scaling up work is the Intersections intervention. Intersections is an evidence-informed, early intervention program focused on navigation and coordination of services for young people who are at risk of becoming justice-involved. To date, Intersections has impacted almost 200 children, youth and families in Champlain. Read more about it on our Service Collaboratives website. Intersections is active in Lanark, Leeds and Grenville, Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry, and Renfrew county with exploration for expansion underway in other surrounding communities.

Our Justice Lead, Tania Breton, is supporting new and existing justice work by providing a provincial lens as we move into Phase 2 of the System Improvement through System Collaboration initiative. This includes attending Provincial HSJCC meetings to provide updates on our system change initiatives and liaising with justice system stakeholders to support alignment of activities. If you have questions about our justice work, please contact Tania Breton at Stay tuned in May, when we will outline how our justice work maps on to the five strategic pillars outlined by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
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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