CMHA Ontario has a strong relationship with the Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee (HSJCC) network. It oversees the staffing of the HSJCC Secretariat – a team of dedicated full-time staff that supports the infrastructure of the HSJCCs by coordinating province-wide projects, providing policy analysis, implementing training and knowledge exchange activities and assisting with administrative functions. Many CMHA branches across Ontario are also partners in the HSJCC network.
HSJCCs are planning tables that bring together service providers to find solutions for people with defined unique needs who come into contact with the justice system. Priority consideration is given to such persons with a serious mental illness, developmental disability, acquired brain injury, drug and alcohol addiction and/or fetal alcohol syndrome.
Over 1500 members from health, criminal justice, and developmental service organizations meet regularly in 41 Local and 14 Regional HSJCCs across the province to coordinate communication and service integration planning for such individuals, utilizing a model of shared responsibility and accountability.
The Provincial HSJCC is comprised of Regional HSJCC Chairs and representatives from partner organizations and the Ministries of Health and Long-Term Care, Community Safety and Correctional Services, the Attorney General, Community and Social Services and Children and Youth Services. It supports the individual and collective efforts of the Local and Regional HSJCCs, enhancing their engagement and providing knowledge exchange across this network. It also identifies solutions to systemic problems, and makes recommendations to government and other bodies regarding provincial service and policy issues.