The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent public health response severely disrupted the delivery of mental health and substance use services. This had a significant impact on the lives of people being released from incarceration.
Our poster presentation will consist of three parts. First, we will present findings from a qualitative study on the impact of COVID-19 and the public health response on MHSU services. Based on 21 semi-structured interviews with service providers, the poster will share how the public health policy was not tailored to people released from incarceration. The implications of our findings with a panel consisting of collaborating community partners who deliver MHSU services will be noted in the poster.
The poster will also focus on how the findings of our study and the experiences of service providers can be used to improve the delivery of MHSU services and advocate for policy changes.
Poster presentation from the 2023 HSJCC Virtual Conference held November 15-16, 2023.
RESEARCH COORDINATOR IN THE JUSTICE AND EQUITY RESEARCH PROGRAM, MAP CENTRE FOR URBAN HEALTH SOLUTIONS
St. Michael’s Hospital
Dr. Lucas M. Seuren
RESEARCHER IN THE JUSTICE &; EQUITY LAB, MAP CENTRE FOR URBAN HEALTH SOLUTIONS
St Michael’s Hospital
Dr. Arthur McLuhan
SENIOR RESEARCH ASSOCIATE
MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions, St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto
Dr. Flora Matheson
MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions, St. Michael’s Hospital, Unity Health Toronto