BCMHSUS will provide health care services in provincial correctional centres, effective October 1, 2017.
This will help to improve the quality and continuity of health care services for clients both during their time in correctional centres and as they transition into the community.
BC is one of the first provinces in Canada to move responsibility for correctional health from a ministry of justice to a ministry of health, as recommended by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the World Health Organization. Planning to take on this responsibility is underway.
The project team, together with representatives from BC Corrections, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General, has conducted tours of the ten correctional centres to gain insight into existing operations to guide planning for the future.
“The tours have been very informative and have given us a better understanding of the current state,” said Kim Korf-Uzan, Project Director.
“Our working groups are up and running and we have a great team in place to make sure we are ready for October.”
The project team has prepared a clinical model of care and clinical service plan to ensure a smooth assumption of services. Two experienced health care professionals have joined the BCMHSUS leadership team for Corrections Health:
Andrew MacFarlane, the new Executive Director, brings more than 15 years of health care experience to the role. Most recently he has worked as Operations Director for Vancouver Coastal Health with responsibilities for primary health care, mental health and substance use, and home health in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.
Dr. Nader Sharifi, Medical Director, has extensive experience as a family practitioner and addiction specialist and has affiliations with Fraser Health Authority and Correctional Services Canada. Recently, he has worked as a part-time Family Practitioner at the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital.
A number of other leadership positions have been posted to the Careers at PHSA website. For more information, see Correctional Health Services.