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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
  • Local Health Integration Networks
  • 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 are establishing a designated point of access to the child and youth mental health system to make it easier for children, youth and their families to connect to the right services at the right time.

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.

Home Suite Hope received $85,000 from the Halton Region Community Investment Fund (HRCIF) to develop a pilot project to enhance access to life skills programming for single parents and individuals at risk of homelessness.

Improving the response to 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 brought forward to the Halton Police Board to enhance investigative practices and make it easier for survivors to come forward. In addition, more than 500 officers have been trained on how to support sexual assault survivors.

Supporting youth exiting child welfare services

Community partners have developed a model to support youth exiting the care of child welfare services. Halton Children’s Aid Society (CAS) received $100,669 from the Halton Region Community Investment Fund this year to support the implementation of a pilot program for youth aged 18 to 24 leaving the child welfare system to improve their access to education, employment and/or training.

Halton CAS has also received $25,550 to create two housing opportunities through the Halton CAS Host Home program for youth aged 18 to 24 leaving the child welfare system and participating in an HRCIF-funded pilot program to improve outcomes related to education, employment and/or training.

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.

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  New

A working group has been established to explore a Halton framework to more effectively serve youth who have a developmental disability and are in need of mental health services.

Addressing opioid use and related harms  New

This working group will develop a coordinated, community-based, evidence-informed approach to addressing opioid use and opioid related harms in Halton.

To learn more about the key initiatives, read the following Council reports:

What are the next steps?

Throughout 2019, 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 or calling 311.