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.
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.
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. The designated point of access model will be launched in summer 2019.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Creating greater coordination between mental health services New
A mental health and addictions working group has been looking at ways to improve how community partners plan and work together to best serve the community.
To learn more about the key initiatives, read Council report SS-11-19/MO-15-19 - Update on Halton Community Safety and Well-Being Plan.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 311.