Broken Record: The Continued Criminalization of Mental Health Issues, report and accompanying interactive website, reveals how people with mental health issues end up in Ontario’s criminal justice system and the destructive consequences that result for these individuals, their families, taxpayers, and all of society. Broken Record updates and amplifies the policy proposals previously outlined by JHSO in its 2015 report, “Unlocking Change”. It presents common sense solutions that can be implemented to effectively decriminalize mental health issues in Ontario.
Education, Employment, Housing & the Criminal Justice System
At Our Place: A Study on Living & Belonging in Enhanced Supportive Housing examines a promising practices for supportive housing programs for the chronically homeless. The study examined the successes, challenges, and shared meaning of the Rita Thompson Residence’s approach to sustaining resident tenancy and community inclusion. The aim of this study was to aid other housing programs in their capacity to anticipate, assess, and implement promising solutions in their own housing programs.
Closed quarters: Challenges and opportunities in stabilizing housing and mental health across the justice sector is a report by the Housing, Health, and Justice Community of Interest (COI), spells out the issues faced by people whose needs are at the intersection of housing, mental health, and justice system involvement, and also makes related recommendations.
Reintegration in Ontario: Practices, Priorities, and Effective Models, a Report released on behalf of the Association for Effective Reintegration in Ontario (AERO), a collaborative group of researchers, front-line service providers, and academics, provides practical solutions to effect real change to the reintegration of formerly incarcerated individuals back into society. Reintegration in Ontario provides a unique guide for reintegration services and programming in Ontario. The research and models identified challenge those traditional programs and services that no longer adequately deal with the complex nature of reintegration.
Effective, Just and Humane: A Case for Client-Centered Collaboration is a research study of a transitional housing model in Toronto, and the need for comprehensive, client-centered case management when it comes to providing housing supports for those exiting the criminal justice system.