Scott Skinner; Amber Huffman; Susie Khorsand, Community Network Specialized Care (CNSC) Developmental Services Ontario (DSO)
The Community Network of Specialized Care is a provincial support for individuals with a Developmental Disability, complex needs and Justice involvement. Our poster will help identify the level of functioning individuals have in the developmental sector along with identifying the provincial resource, Dual Diagnosis Justice Coordinator/Case Manager, that supports individuals and their other community support navigate both the justice and developmental sector with a supportive lens.
Scott Skinner is the Dual Diagnosis Justice Coordinator from the Community Network of Specialized Care – Toronto Region. A 15-year veteran of the Developmental Service field in Toronto, Scott began his career in Developmental Services supporting youth with a dual diagnosis then moved to support adults with similar presentations for the past 11 years in various capacities.
Previously to working in Toronto Scott worked at an open custody youth Mental Health and Justice treatment facility. Scott has a strong understanding of the Criminal Justice System and institutional settings within Ontario from his exposure with Correctional Services Ontario. Scott is developing a strong community bond with local justice authorities including Police, Probation, Court Supports, Hospitals, and Correctional Services within Toronto and Ontario. He is taking his passion for the justice field and incorporating it to supports adults with a Developmental Disability and/or Dual Diagnosis.
Amber Huffman is the Dual Diagnosis Justice Coordinator for Central West (Waterloo, Wellington and Dufferin).
Amber has dedicated her career to supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities as well as dial diagnoses. Over the last twenty plus years, she has worked in a variety of settings including: providing one-to-one respite supports, Group Homes, Day Programs, Respite programs, Passport Facilitation and Service Coordination.
She was excited to take on the role of DDJC in 2018 as it has allowed her to expand on her knowledge and passion for supporting those with Dual Diagnosis’. As a lifelong resident of the Region of Waterloo, Amber has made many connections within the developmental services community – along with the legal community – and continues to work toward breaking down silos in order to attain a just community where everyone belongs.
Susie Khorsand is the Dual Diagnosis Justice Coordinator from the Community Network of Specialized Care – Central West Region. With a background in mental health & justice, Susie is a passionate advocate for vulnerable individuals in conflict with the criminal justice system. She started her career supporting people with developmental disabilities and challenging behaviours. She started working with complex youth before transitioning to working with adults. Before coming into her role at CNSC, she worked for the Canadian Mental Health Association – Justice Program, providing court support to those on mental health diversion.
Susie is grateful for the opportunities she has had to work in the developmental and mental health sectors. She has a strong understanding of different systems across both sectors, using this knowledge in her current role supporting individuals with a dual diagnosis. She is committed to increasing awareness of developmental disabilities and dual diagnosis within the criminal justice system; liaising with community partners, police, courts, and institutions – ensuring those with dual diagnosis feel supported, understood, and heard.
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