ENHANCED BAIL SUPERVISION PROGRAM
The Waterloo Region Bail Program responded to a need in the community and established the Enhanced Bail Supervision service in 2017. Many individuals released on bail supervision have complex needs and are unable to meet the requirements of a traditional Bail Supervision model.
The Enhanced Bail Supervision Team is community based and able to meet and support clients where they are. In “The Works of Archimedes” he is quoted: “Give me a firm spot on which to stand, and I shall move the earth” Through our supervision we hope to assist our clients to find that firm spot, so they can make changes in their lives by accessing appropriate services in the community for things such as: basic health care, mental health and addictions support, counselling, food security as well as stable and affordable housing.
“No matter who you are, no matter what you did, no matter where you've come from, you can always change, become a better version of yourself.”
We believe this quote to be true and strive to interact with the individuals we supervise by walking with them in that process of growth and change. Person-centered support is a way of thinking and doing things that recognizes that, although our program’s participants have obligations before the court that must be met, they also must take the lead in setting goals for how they want to move forward in their lives.
People change when they see a need to change. People change when they buy-in and are part of the decision-making. That is why one of our first questions as we explore how they want to productively utilize their time on Bail is: “How do you want to move forward in your life and show the court you are working towards a set of pro-social goals?”
Our role is to supervise, guide and give support while encouraging and fostering autonomy.