North Okanagan effort earns honour

The North Okanagan Integrated Case Assessment Team focuses on high-risk domestic violence cases

Agencies involved in a North Okanagan collaboration have been recognized with a Premier’s Award.

More than 280 employees and teams from B.C.’s Interior and north regions were recognized for developing new, more efficient ways of providing services to B.C. communities.

The collaborative effort of several North Okanagan agencies resulted in a streamlined approach to the highest risk domestic violence cases, which increases the safety and security of B.C. families.

The North Okanagan Integrated Case Assessment Team (ICAT) is a collaboration between the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation, the Ministry of Children and Family Development, members of the Vernon/North Okanagan RCMP, the Vernon Women’s Transition House Society, Vernon Correction Services Canada, Community Corrections, the Interior Health Authority’s Mental Health and Addictions branch and the local RCMP Victim Services.

Each agency involved in the program plays a unique role by sharing information, identifying safety risks to the family and taking proactive measures to help keep B.C. families safe.

ICAT created a best-practice, victim-centred approach to domestic violence cases where the victim is fully supported by several agencies without having to navigate each agency separately.

“Public servants across the Interior and north put their hearts into making B.C. an even better place to live, work, and raise a family,” said Premier Christy Clark in announcing the recipients.

“Each recipient of this award has found a creative way to deliver the important services British Columbians depend on.”

 

This year’s regional recipients were selected by a group of independent adjudicators and announced via a streaming online video presentation.