Health and Social Services
The overall purpose of the plan is to examine assets in the community, assess gaps and develop strategies to enhance the community safety and well-being for residents of Lanark County and Smiths Falls.
Consultation for plan development included surveys, feedback from agencies through representation at the Lanark County Situation Table and a variety of committees and working groups, focus groups, interviews and statistics. The result was the identification of 12 priority risk areas: mental health, substance use, poverty, housing, transportation, health and well-being, domestic violence and sexual assault, youth and families, seniors, justice, Indigenous considerations and culture and diversity. Issues within each risk area were highlighted, as well as strategies to combat them in the areas of social programming, prevention, risk intervention and emergency response. Outcomes for each of these priority risk areas were established.
Well Water Sampling
The Town Hall now has water sample bottles which can be picked up during regular business hours and used to test the quality of your well drinking water. Instructions are included for how to properly collect your sample. Once collected, samples can be dropped off at the municipal office in Mississippi Mills or the Health Unit office in Smiths Falls for testing. Samples should be delivered within 24 hours of collection. Your results will be sent in the method specified on the form submitted with your sample.
The Leeds, Grenville and District Health Unit recommends testing your water three times every year and after significant rainfall events.
Drug Strategy Committee
The Carleton Place Drug Strategy Committee was created by the Town Council with the mandate to "address alcohol and other drug problems through communication and collaboration across the four pillars of prevention, enforcement, harm reduction, and treatment to meet the needs of the Town of Carleton Place."
They are a group of dedicated volunteers that meet monthly (on the third Wednesday of the month) from September to June. The meetings will be held at Carambeck Community Centre (an accessible facility) at 7:00 pm and are open to the public and visitors are more than welcome.
For more information, please log onto the website at www.cpdrugstrategy.ca