The Lanark County and Town of Smiths Falls Municipal Drug Strategy (MDS) Committee
Our VISION for Substance and Alcohol Misuse Prevention in Lanark County is that all community members have a responsible attitude towards alcohol and other drugs, and the community supports skills and knowledge for healthy decision making and risk reduction.
MISSION STATEMENT: We want to encourage communication and collaboration across the Four Pillars to meet the needs of Lanark County.
The Municipal Drug Strategy started as a community concern – many agencies saw the impacts of drugs on individuals, families and the community. Two town hall meeting were held early 2009 and a leadership group was formed to move us to implementation. The leadership group, after research, determined that a Municipal Drug Strategy was the best fit in our rural community. This group presented at Lanark County council and to each local municipality to ask them…
“To establish a local Municipal Drug Strategy (MDS) Committee as a Standing Committee of the Municipality of.......to address alcohol and other drug problems through community communication and collaboration.”
The strategy incorporates the evidenced-based, “4 Pillar” approach. It recognized that dedicated attention must be paid along the continuum of prevention, harm reduction, treatment and enforcement.
A Framework for Action includes the four pillars of prevention, treatment, enforcement and harm reduction. Each requires the interaction and support of the other three to help the framework improve the overall well-being of the community.
Most of the municipalities did form local Municipal Drug Strategy committees.
- The Township of Beckwith
- Town of Carleton Place
- The Township of Lanark Highlands
- Town of Mississippi Mills
- Town of Smiths Falls
- And the combined committee of - Township of Drummond / North Elmsley, Town of Perth, and Tay Valley Township
The Steering Committee supports local committees through facilitated communication, hosting network days and best practice resources.
Steering Committee Members include representatives from:
- Municipal Drug Strategy committees
- Lanark County OPP
- Town of Smiths Falls Police Service
- Family and Children Services of Lanark, Leeds & Grenville
- Lanark, Leeds & Grenville Addictions and Mental Health
- Lanark County Mental Health
- Open Doors
- Reeve of Beckwith
- Lanark County Planning Council for Children, Youth and Families
- Rideau Community Health Services
- Youth Centres
- Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit
- Healthy Communities Partnership: Lanark, Leeds & Grenville
The Steering committee hosts 3 Network Days during the year for the purposes of sharing information and the opportunity to network with agencies, other local MDS committee members, community members and political representatives. The committee offers a two-way communication, committee support, and best practice resources.
- Next Municipal Drug Strategy Network Day Friday, October 20th, 2017
Past Network Days
26th Network Day – Youth Engagement and Protective Factors
25th Network Day – Older Adults / Seniors and Drugs
Friday, February 24th, 2017
24th Network Day – Community Services for the Transition Years
Friday, October 14th, 2016
- Angela Culham team leader, Open Doors for Lanark Children & Youth – Transition Years, what is happening within the person.
- Amber MacDonald, Program Manager, and Shannon Forsyth, Client Services Coordinator, Victim Services Lanark County
- Michelle Neville, CDSBEO
- Tracy Doyle and Rachel Burns Caseworkers, RNJ Youth Services
- Maria Chiru, team leader, Open Doors for Lanark Children & Youth
- Morgan Crew RN Community Mental Health Nurse, Crisis Support and Stabilization, and Justin Kerr Emergency Room Diversion Case Manger Lanark County Mental Health
- My Career Employment Program at YAK Youth Centre
23rd Network Day – Tobacco – What is NEW and Happening in my Community? Friday, May 27th, 2016
22nd Network Day – Fentanyl – The Issues! Friday, February 26th, 2016
- Opioid Epidemic…No Quick Fix: Dr. Kieran Moore, MD, Assoc. Medical Officer of Health, Queen’s University
- Dr. Jennifer LeMessurier, Resident, University of Ottawa
- Revive Program and Naloxone Kits – Jennifer Adams, Harm Reduction Coordinator, Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit
- Patch for Patch program – Mary Lynn Love, Pharmacist
- Trends and Issues – Constable Craig Campbell, Lanark County OPP
21st Network Day - Are We Making A Difference? Friday, October 30th, 2015
- Results Based Accountability – Katie Jackson, Manager, Quality, Information, and Standards Department, Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit
- Substance Use, Mental Health and Mental Health Promotion – Lia De Pauw Equity and Engagement Lead in the Kingston office, CAMH (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health)
- Seeing Kids “At-Potential”: A New Perspective – Tawnya Boileau, School Health Coordinator, Leeds Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit and Michelle Neville, Mental Health ASSIST Lead, Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario
Drug/Alcohol Use Reports