Forming partnerships with relevant community groups is a major component of the Toronto Drug Treatment Court model.
TDTC community partners include:
- Toronto Community and Social Services
- The Toronto John Howard Society
- Houselink Community Homes
- The Toronto Police Service
- Toronto Harm Reduction Task Force
- City of Toronto Public Health
- Woman's Own Withdrawal Managment (University Health Network)
- The Salvation Army (Court Chaplaincy & Homestead women's services)
- Woodgreen Community Housing
- Nazareth House
- CRC Self-Help
- Various other community agencies and health centres
Representatives of the TDTC have also been invited to formally participate in the creation of the City of Toronto Drug Strategy.
Community Advisory Committee
Central to the TDTC's community relations is the Community Advisory Committee, CAC.
The CAC was formed with the intention of coordinating community services for the TDTC. The CAC provides guidance in the following areas:
- Public health
- Social development
- Addiction treatment services
- Women and Children
- TDTC Resource Development
CAC Terms of Reference
Community Advisory Committee Goals:
- Ensure community input to the TDTC Program.
- Strengthen links with the TDTC, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and existing community service networks.
- Advise the TDTC on policy, advocacy, evaluation and program development.
- Work in a partnership with the TDTC to recognize and meet the diverse community needs.
- Ensure a continuum of on-going care for treatment, health and psychosocial services.
- Ensure equal access for marginalized groups and individuals based on language, culture, class, religion, race, disabilities, sexual orientation, gender, socioeconomic status, age, accent, appearance and colour.
- Develop and advocate for strategies to address barriers to appropriate services.
- Make recommendations on all aspects of the program.
Roles and Responsibilities:
- Develop a mechanism to evaluate the partnership on an on-going basis.
- Ensure on-going consultation with feedback in response to community needs and concerns.
- Total CAC membership is flexible.
- Membership must reflect the diversity of the community.
- Membership must be representative of agencies involved.
- At least two CAC members must have had personal experience of substance use and/or treatment.
- Membership should include graduates of the TDTC program.
Frequency of meetings:
- The CAC meets quarterly or as required.
- The Chair and Vice-chair will be a community representative nominated by the CAC.
Sub-committees of the CAC are formed as required for specific work on matters such as: Housing, Women and Children, Evaluation, Resource Development