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Community Mobilization

Community Mobilization is the gathering together of government and non-government Human Service Professionals for the purpose of identifying individuals or families who are at Acutely Elevated Risk.  Community Mobilization is not an organization or an entity, but is rather a disciplined conversation amongst agency professionals with the goal of lowering risk in the lives of people in Brandon and the surrounding Westman area.  The group of agency representatives that gather at the situation table on Tuesday and Thursday each week are referred to as the “HUB”.  Community Mobilization is collaborative, risk driven, and pre-emptive.  The goal is to reach individuals or families at Acutely Elevated Risk and connect them to supports and services before the situation escalates or a tragedy occurs.  When a situation brought to the table is accepted by the HUB as having met the criteria of Acutely Elevated Risk, agencies are identified that are in the best position to offer supports or services.  These agencies are selected based on the risk identified in that particular situation, and a door knock takes place.  Prior to the actual door knock, only the participating agencies selected as relevant to that situation meet, where information is shared and intervention planning takes place.  Community Mobilization, by its collaborative effort, is able to deliver services very often on the same day that a discussion takes place at the HUB table.

Community Mobilization first came to Canada in 2010, when the Prince Albert Police Service introduced this model.  The City of Brandon and Westman began the process of implementing this initiative in Brandon in January of 2015, and the HUB table was launched locally at the end of April 2015.  To date, the Westman HUB has discussed 114 situations of Acutely Elevated Risk.  The response from the community has been overwhelmingly supportive and countless lives have been positively impacted as a result of Westman HUB.  The Brandon Police Service has one police officer dedicated to this effort on a full time basis.

Currently sitting at the Community Mobilization table are the following agencies:

  • BPS
  • RCMP
  • Brandon School Division
  • Child and Family Services of Western MB
  • Dakota Ojibway Child and Family Service
  • Prairie Mountain Health
  • Probation Services
  • Brandon Correctional Centre
  • Westman Family Services
  • Brandon Friendship Centre

 

 

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