The justice system can be especially challenging for women with both mental health and substance use problems.
Justice Addiction & Mental Health (JAM), serves women with both serious mental illness and substance use problems who have current involvement with the criminal justice system. In the JAM program, we link women with relevant supports and resources in their community, we develop service plans for clients that will assist them in meeting their goals.
The Release from Custody Program provides support to incarcerated women through a women-centered approach focused on individual strengths and goals. This program provides access to support and connection to community resources upon release to assist incarcerated women with transition back into their community. We are available at local correctional facilities (e.g. Vanier Centre for Women) and in the community to meet with women who may be eligible for this service and who are in need of assistance in developing a release plan and support as they transition back into the community.
Both the above programs can offer support in the following areas:
- Trauma-informed case management related to substance use, mental health, and other related concerns
- Discharge planning services
- Referrals to a wide range of community resources
- Advocacy and support while incarcerated and when released from custody