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New government data on segregation of individuals with mental health conditions

Sep 10
The provincial Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services (MCSCS) released information on Aug. 30, 2018.  The data of segregation at six provincial correctional institutions identifies nearly 220 of the 248 segregated individuals – or 88 percent – as having possible mental health conditions, being at risk of self-harming or demonstrating suicidal behaviour.

CMHA Ontario, Correctional Health Care Coalition and other stakeholders worked with MCSCS to improve mental health and addictions issues in correctional facilities.  Ontario enacted a new Correctional Services Transformation Act, passed in May 2018. The Act prohibits individuals with mental health issues or developmental disabilities from being held in segregation, limits the duration of segregation for all individuals, and requires healthcare providers to assess the mental health of segregated individuals every five days.

Full Article Link: http://ontario.cmha.ca/news/new-government-data-sheds-light-on-segregation-individuals-with-mental-health-conditions/

Dr. Sam Ozersky, MD

Sam is Mensante's founder and CEO. He speaks and writes extensively about the critical relationship between mental health and the workplace.