Correctional Service of Canada-Mental Health Services

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Question Period Senator Jane Cordy December 10th, 2013

Hon. Jane Cordy: Honourable senators, on paper that sounds excellent, but the reality is that within the prison system, it is like a revolving door. Health care professionals dealing with mental health and mental illness are being hired by Corrections Canada but they're not staying. They're not staying because once they get into the system there are not enough resources for them, so they're staying a short time and then leaving. From everything I have read, it is a revolving door, and that's truly unfortunate because many of those who are in prison suffer from poor mental health.

In response to the question by my colleague on the numbers, I know you read all the things that sound great on paper, but could you give us an indication of how many people are working at the various facilities around the country? You may not have that information today, but I would like to know how many people are working in the field of mental health and mental illness in the prisons across Canada.

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