Intersections is an early intervention police referral program that connects youth who come into contact with police with appropriate supports to address issues that may contribute to their involvement with the justice system. The Intersections Coordinator plays a key role in connecting youth aged 6 through 17 with suspected mental health, developmental disabilities and/or substance use issues who are at risk of becoming justice involved. With the support of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), implementation of Intersections began in the rural community of Bancroft in the summer of 2018. This presentation will explore the unique cross-sectoral relationships needed for Intersection’s success and the importance of program adaptability to unique local contexts.
Presenters: Sarah Phoenix, Officer Philippe Regamey, Jeff Rocca, Laurissa Watson