Innovative Correctional Mental Health Initiatives for the Family Unit [2021-11-17]

Canadian Families and Corrections Network (CFCN) strengthens families affected by incarceration across Canada.  Mental Health is an ever-increasing problem within the justice system, especially during the pandemic.

CFCN creates positive social interactions to assist with this issue, both in our institutions and communities, that we will outline as ideas for participants to access or to take forward.

Our session will present a scenario of mental health in our communities that a person may take from an accident that leads to opioid use and then incarceration and allows participants to discuss mental health and connectedness at each point.

We will outline CFCN’s

  • unique initiatives for partnership
  • programming (for example: Dad HERO (Helping Everyone Realize Opportunities) parenting program available for Ontario correctional provincial, federal and community sites)
  • resources (for example: Children’s Letter Writing Kits)
  • promising practices and ideas to take forward to strengthen correctional families and staff teams working in this area


Louise Leonardi | Canadian Families and Corrections Network