North Simcoe Situation Table helps those in need (en anglais)
North Simcoe Situation Table helps those in need (en anglais)
Posted on 10/26/2016

It may be a maybe a high school student headed down a dangerous path, a person struggling with addiction, or an individual dealing with mental health issues, people who may have fallen through the cracks, that the new North Simcoe Situation Table is aiming to help. 

Set to launch on October 28, the Situation Table is modeled after similar programs across the province, including Collaborate Barrie and North Bay Gateway Hub, and is a collaborative, integrated multiagency team that will mobilize resources to address individuals and families with elevated levels of risk. 

The Canadian Mental Health Association (Ontario) champions situation tables as an integrated approach for reducing emergency department visits, calls for service, and crime. 

“This situation table brings services together in a new, innovative and integrated way,” said David Jeffery, Situation Table Co-Chair and Executive Director at CHIGAMIK Community Health Centre. “The individual and their family can count on a decisive, wrap around approach to bring stability to the situation and then a robust plan for care.”

A total of 21 local health, social service and police agencies are working together toward the vision that “Children, youth, adults and families will grow and thrive in a safe and healthy community as a result of agencies working collaboratively and implementing integrated services.” As the meetings begin this fall, the group will look for short-term interventions to address immediate risk, and assist individuals and families in moving to long-term solutions.

The agencies use a “Four Filter Approach” to determine if the situation is of acutely elevated risk and to minimize the identifiable personal information that is disclosed. The first filter is completed by the agency itself and referrals do not come forward until the agency has attempted to use all its resources to mitigate the risk.

“I am eager to participate in any collaborative community partnership that improves access to care and advocates for individuals and families in need,” notes Shaunna Brady, Waypoint’s Transitional Age Youth Consultation Services Coordinator and Situation Table member. “I’m most excited to share my experience and knowledge in navigating complexities of the services and systems we work with.”

The official launch of the Situation Table is slated for October 28 at 10 a.m. at the Guesthouse Shelter, 522 Elizabeth Street, Midland. Please RSVP: 
Laurel McConnell, Project Implementation Manager
(705) 528-1096 x 206