Goal and Objectives of the Provincial HSJCC
To provide a provincial leadership mechanism to support the implementation of the Ontario government’s policy framework (1997) for people who come into contact with the justice system and who have needs which can be met by one or more of the provincial human services systems.
To exercise provincial leadership through the achievement of the listed objectives:
- to support the individual and collective efforts of regional and local committees;
- to identify and address provincial services and policy issues and make recommendations to appropriate Ontario government ministries and other bodies as determined by the nature of the recommendations themselves;
- to identify solutions to systemic problems;
- to promote consistency of approach across Ontario, while recognizing regional diversity, and;
- to share information
History of the Initiative
The Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committees (HSJCCs) were established in response to a recognized need to coordinate resources and services, and plan more effectively for people who are in conflict with the law. Priority consideration is for people with a serious mental illness, developmental disability, acquired brain injury, drug and alcohol addiction, and/or fetal alcohol syndrome. The committees were generated as a cooperative effort between the Ministries of the Attorney General, Community and Social Services, Children and Youth Services, Health and Long-Term Care, and Community Safety and Correctional Services.
The two primary areas of emphasis for the committees are:
- To provide a planning table to bring together service providers to find solutions to the problem of the criminalization of people with the defined unique needs, and;
- To develop a model of shared responsibility and accountability in dealing with this group of individuals at points of intersection with the justice system.
Regional committees were established to coordinate communication and service integration planning between health, criminal justice, and developmental service organizations within specific regions. Local committees provide input to these regional groups. The Provincial Committee, consisting of regional chairs and Ministry representatives, has been developed as a provincial planning body.
Originally developed by the Simcoe-Muskoka HSJCC, this logo represents the union of the three divisions of the committees:
- Mental Health
- Developmental/Human Services
- Justice System.
Each colour symbolizes the specific division (green is Mental Health, red is Developmental/Human Services, and blue is the Justice System). The symbol also forms the shape of the trillium, representing that the committees are situated in Ontario. Flowers stand for growth, which describes the progress of these committees.