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THE ADVOCATE V O L . 7 5 P A R T 2 M A R C H 2 0 1 7 275 vation and transformation initiatives. The implementation of sound business intelligence systems to provide timely, meaningful data on system performance has also resulted in strengthened measurement practices, strategic planning, decision making and reporting. This approach has fostered better coordination across the broader justice and public safety sector for measuring performance and achieving goals. The overrepresentation of Indigenous people in the justice system, as both victims and offenders, has propelled the Ministry of Justice to seek innovative and culturally meaningful approaches. In 2016 the Justice Services Branch participated in the “social determinants of health” regional caucuses that took place around the province. The Ministry of Justice is continuing its support for engagement with the First Nations Health Council to develop and deliver culturally meaningful services and initiatives. Among many other key successes, I also recognize the importance of B.C.’s annual Justice Summits as a forum for collaboration and dialogue among justice and public safety leaders. With the goal of broadening the summits’ themes and translating discussions into concrete and focused deliverables, I am pleased to see a number of recommendations resulting in increased coordination and information sharing across the sectors. Seven B.C. Justice Summits have been held to date, and I am encouraged by the level of engagement and outcomes. The topic of the sixth B.C. Justice Summit (June 2016) was “Justice, Mental Health and Substance Use”. Its scope and guiding statement was as follows: “Many who enter the criminal justice system have a mental health and/or substance use (‘MHSU’) disorder; this Summit discussion focuses on those whose condition is understood to drive their contact with the criminal justice system.” Participants identified key areas that were brought forward to the seventh Justice Summit for strategic consideration. On November 25, 2016 the seventh B.C. Justice Summit focused on the call for an action plan on crisis response and continuity of care to be developed and agreed to between leaders of B.C.’s justice and public safety sector, and B.C.’s mental health, substance use and social services sectors, by November 2017. The Ministries of Justice and Public Safety and Solicitor General are supportive of this call to action with the goal of guiding the development or redevelopment of services and supports for people with MHSU disorders who are in contact with the criminal justice system. The action plan will complement broader provincial strategies among all sectors, including any provincial strategy on mental health. The Government of British Columbia will also continue to work on building a strong economy and a secure tomorrow to ensure that access to justice


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