For the first time ever, there are more Canadians aged 65 and older than Canadians below age 15. As Ontario begins to feel this demographic shift, all areas of the justice system are encountering older adults at a more frequent rate. Often these interactions involve age-related conditions like dementia, mental health conditions, and/or substance use, and the traditional justice system is not designed to meet the needs of this vulnerable population.
Over the past year, the Provincial Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee has developed a navigational guidebook to help caregivers, care partners and service providers of older adults and adults with age-related conditions navigate the justice system. In anticipation of the guidebook’s release, this webinar will provide an overview of this project, highlighting key issues and promising practices identified during its development. We will be joined by subject matter experts from across the human services and justice sectors to discuss key considerations relating to older adults and adults with age related conditions and their interactions with police, courts and corrections, as well as the civil mental health system.
Sarah Denton, Clinical Intake Specialist – NE BSO North Bay Regional Health Center, Kirkwood Place
Phyllis Fehr, Board Member Alzheimer Society of Brant, Haldimand Norfolk, Hamilton Halton and Ontario Dementia Advisory Group
A.J. Grant-Nicholson, Mental Health Strategy Lead, Legal Aid Ontario
Katie Almond, Probation and Parole Officer, Ministry of the Solicitor General
Christine Conrad (Moderator) Policy Analyst – Justice Lead, CMHA Ontario