What is INTERSECTIONS?
Intersections is a voluntary program that works with young people and/or their families to reduce and prevent further contact with police services and improve well-being. The program is for young people who are at-risk of becoming justice involved. After initial police contact, an Intersections Coordinator works with the young person and/or their families to discuss their needs and to navigate and coordinate appropriate services.
Intersections assists young people and/or their families to go through three steps:
STEP 1: Police Contact
The police will recognize the young person who is at-risk of becoming involved in the justice system. The police take the first-step in making the initial referral to Intersections with the consent of the young person and/or their parents/caregiver(s).
STEP 2: Engagement & Screening
The Intersections Coordinator receive referrals made by the police and will directly contact the young person and/or their families. Together, the Intersections Coordinator and the young person and/or their families will determine which services are most appropriate and a referral to services are made.
STEP 3: Interventions & Pathways
The Intersections Coordinator completes the referral(s) as per the referral pathways with each service agency based on the needs and strengths identified with the young person and/or their families. The Intersections Coordinator will support and follow-up during and after the referral is made.
When a young person is engaged in service(s), a “warm handoff” will happen where support will be transferred from the Intersections Coordinator to the new service agency. At this time the Intersections Coordinator will inform the young person and/or their families about the closure of their file. On occasion, the Intersections file may be reopened if needs change or are unmet.
Who is eligible to participate in Intersections?
- Are 8-17 years of age
- Have had police contact where the officer suspects the young person is engaging in risky or troubling behaviour and/or could use extra individual or family support.
- Qualify for youth diversion
- Are in crisis (imminent risk of harm to self or others)
- Along with their parents/caregiver(s) are not willing to participate
- Are on a youth probation order
What are the benefits of participating in Intersections?
Young people and families may see:
Who is funding the program?
Intersections is Hosted and financially supported by COSP. The primary funder, however, is the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services through a Safer and Vital Communities Grant*, Quinte West Police Services Board, Central Hastings Community Policing Advisory Committee, The Corporation of the City of Belleville via a Social Infrastructure Grant, the United Way of Hastings and Prince Edward through a Collaboration Grant and the Prince Edward Police Services Board.
Who should I contact for more information?
Travis Peck, Intersections Coordinator
Community Organized Support and Prevention is the host agency for Intersections, taking in the geographical area demonstrated on the map.
Intersections is also available through North Hastings Children’s Services and funded through a Safer and Vital Communities Grant*. Please visit their website at www.nhcs.ca.
*The views expressed in the publication are the views of the recipient and do not necessarily reflect those of the Province