Forming collaborative partnerships

Forming partnerships with relevant community groups is a major component of the Toronto Drug Treatment Court model.

TDTC community partners include:

  • The Toronto Police Service
  • Toronto Harm Reduction Task Force
  • City of Toronto Public Health
  • 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, in tandem with the TDTC Operations Committee provides guidance in the following areas:

  • Public health
  • Social development
  • Addiction treatment services
  • Women and Children
  • Housing
  • Employment
  • 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.

Committee Mandate:

  • 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.

Membership:

  • 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.
  • Two members of the CAC will represent the organization at Operations Committee meetings.

Frequency of meetings:

  • The CAC meets six times per year or as required.
  • Agendas and minutes of the CAC and the Operations Committee are shared with relevant partners.
  • The Chair and Vice-chair will be a community representative nominated by the CAC.