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Women Offender Programs and Issues

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The 2002 Mental Health Strategy For Women Offenders

Jane Laishes
Mental Health, Health Services
2002

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GOAL OF MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES FOR WOMEN OFFENDERS

The goal of mental health services for women offenders has been modified since the 1997 Strategy. The major focus of the change was to remove the reference to recidivism given that it is a CCRA requirement to provide treatment to address mental disorder, irrespective of recidivism. For some women offenders with mental health problems, mental health intervention may, in and of itself, address criminality and reduce recidivism. For others, it is only once their mental health problems have been addressed that their ability to function improves to enable them to engage in programming to address other issues. The revised goal is as follows:

To develop and maintain a coordinated continuum of care that addresses the varied mental health needs of women offenders in order to maximize well-being and to promote effective reintegration.