Justice Program – CMHA-NL (Canadian Mental Health Association NL)

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603 Topsail Road
St. John’s, NL A1E 2E1

Contact: Heidi Edgar, Justice Program Coordinator    Tel: (709) 753-8550 Ext. 106
Toll-Free: 1-877-753-8550 Ext. 106                        HMP: (709) 729-1268
Website: http://cmhanl.ca/services/justice-program/

Mandate:

To provide individualized support services to persons diagnosed with a mental illness, concurrent disorder or dual diagnosis within the correction system and following release into the community in order to promote recovery and a reduction in recidivism.

Target population:

Individuals with mental health issues who are involved in the corrections system.

Highlight of Programs / Services Offered:

  • Provide in-reach to inmates at Her Majesty’s Penitentiary (HMP) for purposes of assessment and provision of support.
  • To develop a community support plan with the inmate prior to release from HMP.
  • To provide intensive case management service to 25 clients released from HMP and residing in the St. John’s region.
  • During the individual’s incarceration, the coordinator and case managers will provide in-reach mental health counseling and advocacy, as well as a needs assessment to ensure the appropriate services are in place for release.
  • Upon release from HMP, the Justice Program will meet the individuals “at the gate” and provide intensive case management in the community.
    • Case Management will assist with ensuring all the individuals basic needs are met such as housing, food, and services appropriate to the individual’s needs.
    • Intensive case management promotes independence and quality of life through the coordination of appropriate services and the provision of constant and on-going support as needed by the individual.
    • The direct involvement of the individual and the development of a caring, supportive relationship between the case manager and the individual are integral components of the intensive case management process.
    • Intensive case management is responsive to the individual’s multiple and changing needs, and plays a pivotal role in coordinating required services from across the mental health system as well as other service systems (i.e. criminal justice, developmental services and addictions).