The community of Ile-a-la-Crosse is saying “no more” to crime and crisis with the adoption of the Community Mobilization Program.
Ile-a-la-Crosse has formed a partnership with the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA), the RCMP, Ile-a-la-Crosse School Division 112, the local housing authority and the ministries of Health, Justice and Social Services to implement the program, generally referred to as the Hub. The intent of the Hub is to reduce social issues such as suicide, school truancy, and emergency room visits while providing the families at risk with the support and information they need to build a positive lifestyle.
Ile-a-la-Crosse is working with partner agencies to address social issues and support health and wellness.
Byrne Richards, the SHA director of Mental Health and Addictions for the area, is a member of the Hub steering committee.
“Ultimately, the program is about preventing issues, not reacting to them,” he said.
The Hub identifies potential clients who face an elevated level of risk and members work together to develop a co-ordinated and integrated approach to care.
“When police show up at a home where alcohol and drugs are part of the story of the home and children are not going to school – how do they deal with that? In the past, they needed to deal with each agency the individual or family was in contact with. Someone might come in contact with multiple agencies but these agencies were not aware of the larger picture.
“Now, agencies bring their concerns to the Hub table that meets each week to discuss the individual or family’s circumstances. Members decide which agencies will have a relationship with these people – Social Services, RCMP, etc. – and which agency will be the lead. They’re able to go to the home, go to the door of the family and say, ‘We’ve become aware of challenges and would like to offer support.’”
Maintaining the confidentiality of clients is important to Hub members, said Richards. They follow a four-filter process to minimize the risk of inappropriate or unnecessary data sharing and ensure participation in the discussions on a need-to-know basis.
The program compares data provincially to determine which issues require focus and establish if increased resources are needed.
Duane Favel, Ile-a-la-Crosse mayor, has been a proponent of the project since its April 2017 inception.