What is the system challenge?

Police in the Ottawa region often receive calls for social service-related issues, ongoing crisis incidents, and mental health challenges for children less than 12 years of age. Canada’s youth justice legislation, the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA), only applies to children and youth between the ages of 12 and 17. This means that:

  • there is no clear approach for responding to children under 12 who come in contact with police;
  • there is no consistent approach for identifying the mental health and addiction service needs of these children and youth at their earliest contact with the justice system;
  • considerable police resources (75 to 85 percent of service calls) are invested in responding to incidents for which charges cannot be laid and for which social service agencies need to be involved (Russell & Taylor, 2014 - PDF)

Implementation in a new community

Intersections was first implemented in Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry; Leeds, Lanark and Grenville; and Renfrew County. This program was adapted to meet the unique needs of the Prescott Russell community. 

?What's this?

Initial Implementation

Intersections is being implemented in Prescott-Russell by the Champlain Youth Justice Service Collaborative (CYJSC) with help from the Provincial System Support Program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental health. 

Who is involved?

This Service Collaborative brought together 150 partners from diverse sectors across five regions, including:

  • community;
  • justice;
  • police;
  • mental health and addictions;
  • education;
  • primary care;
  • developmental and child welfare; and
  • family members.

Next steps

Check out how community partners are actively providing Intersections supports and their achievements in Champlain region.

Champlain (Link to Project page)

Check out how we are supporting the implementation of Intersections in the following places in Ontario:

Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington area (Link to Scale Up project page)

Prescott Russell (Link to Scale Up project page) Ottawa (Link to Scale Up project page)

For more information, please contact:

Meghann Darroch, Regional Implementation Coordinator

Kelsey Benoit, Youth Mental Health Court Worker/Intersections Worker