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Halton Region and the Halton Regional Police Service have developed a plan to enhance how we collaborate with community partners on issues that impact safety and well-being in Halton.

In 2017, Halton Region and the Halton Regional Police Service introduced a Community Safety and Well-Being Plan. The Plan sets out how we work with community partners to improve the safety, health and well-being of Halton residents.

Community input

The community helped to shape the plan and focus on key issues. More than 500 people answered our survey or came out to public meetings held in Burlington, Halton Hills, Milton and Oakville.

Who leads the plan?

A leadership group has been created to lead the Plan:

  • Halton Region
  • Halton Regional Police Service
  • Ontario Health (Central and West Regions)
  • Local hospitals
  • Local boards of education
  • Local municipalities

This group and specific Action Tables (working groups) continue to work with the community to identify key issues and find the right solutions to priority issues.

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What are the issues and what actions have been taken?

Community partners from across Halton are working collaboratively on the following key issues and initiatives:

Enhancing access to mental health supports for children and youth

Reach Out Centre for Kids (ROCK) and local providers of child and youth mental health services have established a new model of access and system navigation to make it easier for children, youth and their families to connect to the programs and services best suited to meet their needs. 

Creating a more coordinated approach to homelessness

A framework has been established to strengthen how Halton Region and service providers identify and support individuals who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. This includes a centralized model of intake and referral, a common assessment tool and greater connectivity to mental health services. As of August 1, 2020, a total of 70 homeless households have received an offer of housing through the framework for coordinated access.

A number of investments continue to be made through the Halton Region Community Investment Fund to support individuals who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness. This includes $85,000 to Home Suite Hope to develop a pilot project to enhance access to life skills programming; $48,626 to Shifra Homes to support young pregnant women with housing and mental health supports; and $548,854 over three years to the Canadian Mental Health Association (Halton Region Branch) to support one-on-one mental health and addictions counselling, crisis intervention and group programming at the Salvation Army Lighthouse Shelter.

Improving the response to survivors of sexual assault

A Sexual Assault Advisory Committee has completed an initial review of sexual assault investigations by the Halton Regional Police Service. Recommendations have been provided to the Halton Police Board to make it easier for survivors to come forward. In addition, more than 800 officers have been trained on how to support and respond to survivors of sexual assualt. 

Supporting youth exiting child welfare services

In collaboration with a wide range of partners, the Halton Children’s Aid Society (CAS) has received more than $150,000 from the Halton Region Community Investment Fund to support access to education, training, employment and mentorship for youth aged 18 to 24 leaving the child welfare system. An additional $25,500 was provided to support access to housing for youth participating in the program. A total of 26 youth have been supported through the pilot; an evaluation on the initial pilot phase is being completed in fall 2020. 

Reducing harmful alcohol consumption

Work has begun on a community alcohol report that will provide a broad range of perspectives on alcohol consumption in Halton and contribute insights to a strategy to reduce harmful alcohol consumption and related health and social impacts. Other key activities include preliminary work on a Regional alcohol policy and the development of tools and resources to support alcohol policy development at local municipalities. The work of this table has been temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, next steps will be determined in fall 2020. 

Reducing isolation among older adults

An action plan has been developed to strengthen how the community identifies and supports older adults who are isolated or at risk of isolation.

Links2Care received $105,000 through the Halton Region Community Investment Fund (HRCIF) to identify and support older adults who are isolated or at-risk of isolation.

Community Development Halton received $60,000 through the HRCIF to hire a part-time coordinator for the Halton Senior Connectors program, which offers resources and referrals for older adults.

Oakville Meals on Wheels received $40,740 through the HRCIF to support the agency’s ongoing operations of delivering meals to older adults and preventing isolation.

Creating support for individuals with a developmental disability and a mental health issue

An Action Table was established to explore a Halton framework to support children and youth with both a developmental and mental health diagnosis (dual diagnosis). Central West Specialized Developmental Services was awarded with a 2020 HRCIF grant of $70,598 to support next steps including consultation with services providers, training and knowledge mobilization and the design of a framework a Halton framework to more effectively serve youth who have a dual diagnosis.

Addressing opioid use and related harms

In November 2019, Halton Region and the Halton Regional Police Service convened stakeholders to explore the development of a coordinated, evidence-informed approach to address opioid use and related harms in Halton. A series of community consultations was planned for spring 2020 but was deferred due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Next steps will be determined in fall 2020.

 

Coordination during the COVID-19 pandemic

An ad hoc Action Table was established at the outset of the pandemic to support coordination and information sharing between partners.

Food security

An Action Table to support greater coordination among food security programs has been established and will begin meeting in fall 2020.
 

 

To learn more about investments in community programs that are supporting the health, safety and well-being of Halton residents, visit:
 

What are the next steps?

Throughout 2020 and 2021, Action Tables (working groups) will further develop and implement strategies to support key issues.

How can I bring an issue forward?

The Plan has established an approach to how we address safety and well-being in Halton. Community partners can bring forward emerging issues by emailing safetyandwell-being@halton.ca or calling 311.

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