Health care teams, located in each centre, include physicians, nurses, mental health and substance use professionals and others working together to assess, screen, triage, treat and transition clients back to the community. This involves close collaboration with community-based service providers in the regional health authorities.
Correctional Health Services is building on the existing foundation of quality care and service. The vast majority of PHSA Correctional Health staff previously worked in BC correctional centres under the contractor previously responsible for health care services. Their experience and expertise support a smooth transition and will help to ensure service continuity. The new staffing model includes approximately 30 additional positions across BC’s ten provincial correctional centres.
PHSA recognizes the role of BC Corrections staff as partners in client care. Correctional officers keep staff and clients safe, and maintain an environment conducive to quality, client-focused care.
A collaborative approach that includes BC Corrections, PHSA Correctional Health Services, regional health authorities, First Nations Health Authority and other community partners support client transitions between correctional centres and community.