The ACA pilot project began in 2018 and is the current demonstration of community institutional partnerships and culturally adapted programming. We work very closely with CIUSSS ODIM (Batshaw installation) using a co-intervention approach to support English-speaking Black families who have been signaled to youth protection.
We offer our support and our cultural expertise to workers as they intervene with families with whom they may have a hard time connecting. In an effort to reduce the length of youth protection involvement and to redirect families to community resources when possible, the families are transferred to ACDPN and we make referrals to support services and programs that are offered within the community. In addition to diverting families out of the system and accelerating the closing of cases, there are many other benefits of this enhanced partnership.