Ottawa ‘delisting’ hospital beds at prison treatment facilities

Global News

The federal government plans to “delist” psychiatric beds in its prison treatment facilities, designating them as more general beds for housing inmates.

Correctional Service of Canada says it’s reviewing the way it provides mental health care to inmates whose complex needs Ottawa admits are overwhelming the country’s federal prisons.

“It is possible that this realignment will include the ‘delisting’ of beds,” spokesperson Sara Parkes said in an email. “This would mean the re-allocation of funding previously designated for hospital care to provide support at the intermediate level.”

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This could mean a couple of things: It could mean easier transitions for inmates who withdraw consent to treatment (and haven’t been deemed incapable of making that decision), who might otherwise have to transfer facilities entirely.

“The net result,” of the services review, Parkes said in a previous email, “will be that services will be better aligned to…

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