Police are often called for social service-related issues, ongoing crisis incidents and mental health issues involving children and youth. These children and youth are at risk of becoming ‘justice-involved’ if they do not get help for underlying mental illness, substance use issues, and/or developmental disabilities. Intersections was created by the The Champlain Youth Justice Service Collaborative (CYJSC) to close this critical gap between the mental health and addiction system and the justice system. Intersections provides a way for police to intervene early and redirect children and youth to the right services, with the hope of improving their well-being and reducing future police contact.
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