June 3, 2015

What is the Connectivity Model and Where Did It Come From? 

In 2010, members of the Prince Albert judicial system developed the Community Mobilization Initiative in response to concerns about the cost and impact of reactive policing. Innovative police leaders explored new ways to address developing community problems.

Traditionally police have focused preventative policing efforts on targeted crime prevention programs. The Hub model is an evidence-based collaborative problem solving approach that draws on the combined expertise of relevant community agencies to address complex human and social problems before they become policing problems. 

In January 2013, the Waterloo Regional Police Service, the region’s Crime Prevention Council and the Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network jointly hosted a one-day workshop on the Community Mobilization Initiative. Shortly after, funding was provided by the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services to establish a Hub at the Langs Community Health Centre in Cambridge. The program was named Connectivity

The goal of the project was to mobilize health and social services in partnership with the WRPS in order to address risk factors and reduce the incident of crime. Connectivity builds on and enhances collaborative relationships in Cambridge by developing and implementing early intervention strategies that help improve coordination of services to increase the safety and health of the residents. Through this program, individuals and families are identified and supported through a multi-disciplinary intervention within 24 to 48 hours after identification. 

With the success of the Cambridge program, Hubs were established in both Kitchener and Guelph. In June of 2015 Langs and the Waterloo Regional Police Service were recognized by Association of Ontario Health Centres as the Innovator of the Year their work in establishing the model in the region.

Since they were established, 159 unique situations have been resolved at the Connectivity tables. This video tells the story of one of those families.

For more information on Connectivity Tables contact:  

Bill Davidson
Executive Director
Langs Community Health Centre
billd@langs.org