Mental health services for women offenders

Women are more likely to have a diagnosis of a major psychiatric disorder than men. They are also approximately twice as likely as men to suffer from depression. Research shows that incarcerated women have a significantly higher incidence of mental disorders than women in the broader societal population.

These disorders include:

CSC’s continuum of care

Correctional Service Canada (CSC) uses a mental health continuum of care strategy to address the mental health needs of women offenders. It emphasizes that mental health strategies should:

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CSC routinely screens women offenders at intake to identify those who may need a more comprehensive assessment/intervention. CSC:

Specialized programming for women offenders

CSC offers a mental health program, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), specifically to women offenders. It is an intensive treatment for people who have great difficulty regulating their emotions and behaviours. DBT offers:

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