Regional Suicide/Self-Injury Prevention Management Committee (RSPMC)
As part of its ongoing commitment to improving its ability to address the mental health needs of offenders, the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) launched the Regional Suicide/Self-Injury Prevention Management Committee (RSPMC) initiative on April 1, 2010.
WHAT IS RSPMC?
The RSPMC functions as a management committee, meeting monthly to review all incidents of self-injury, focusing on repeat self-injurious behaviour. More specifically, the RSPMC will provide in-the field support to enhance the institutions’ capacity to address the needs of offenders with severe mental and/or behaviour disorders.
MEMBERS OF THE RSPMC WILL:
- Monitor incidents of self-injurious behaviour, with a focus on repeat self-injurious behaviour;
- Flag items of concern; and
- Consult/engage institutions to offer support and advice in the management and treatment of self-injurious offenders as necessary.
WHY IS THE RSPMC CREATED?
The RSPMC will assist CSC in providing an effective continuum of care to offenders encountering severe mental health and/or behaviour difficulties during their period of incarceration. RSPMC will enhance institutional capacity to meet the unique needs of offenders with severe mental health and behaviour challenges through knowledge-sharing and skills‑building.
The RSPMC members are:
- Regional Director, Health Services (Co-Chair)
- Regional Director, Interventions (Co-Chair)
- Director, Operations
- Regional Psychologist
- Institutional Mental Health Coordinator
- Executive Director of the treatment centre
- Ad hoc members as needed
FOR MORE INFORMATION
To find out more about how CSC is working to improve its capacity to address the mental health needs of offenders, please visit our Web site at www.csc-scc.gc.ca.www.csc-scc.gc.ca.