Ontario Consults with Frontline Staff on Health Care Service Delivery
Modernizing Health Care in Adult Correctional Services
LINDSAY — Ontario's government is listening to frontline correctional services health care staff as part of its plan to transform the corrections system.
Parliamentary Assistant Belinda Karahalios met with frontline health care correctional staff today at the Central East Correctional Centre to hear about the unique challenges they face and how the ministry can work with them to improve health care delivery within adult correctional facilities.
"Our government is meeting with frontline staff to hear about their experiences and the challenges they face in corrections health care," said Karahalios. "We are committed to better supporting staff by improving services for inmates, including those with mental health and addiction issues."
The safety and security of frontline staff is the government's highest priority. This session is part of the government's efforts to modernize Ontario's justice sector and create a system that is more efficient, sustainable and empowering for frontline staff. Additional sessions were conducted at facilities across the province.
"Our frontline health care correctional employees do a difficult but vital job, under very challenging conditions," said Sylvia Jones, Solicitor General. "For their service and contributions, we not only thank them, but commit to giving them the additional tools they need to support those in our custody."
Recent government action to support correctional staff includes:
- Better health and wellness supports for correctional officers
- Hiring 65 new correctional officer graduates and 21 new probation and parole officers to increase public safety and help improve our correctional system
- Improving safety and increasing security by adding capacity to the Institutional Crisis Intervention Teams in the province's Northern adult correctional institutions
- Committing to build a new, modern correctional complex in Thunder Bay
- Expanding the female unit at Monteith Correctional Complex
- Having a dedicated canine unit at Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre
- Increasing safety at the Kenora Jail by upgrading infrastructure and strengthening partnerships between corrections staff and police services