Support For Individuals With A Brain Injury Who’ve Been Released From Incarceration
The Northern Brain Injury Association (NBIA) has received a $75,000 Civil Forfeiture Crime Prevention and Crime Remediation grant from the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General to improve the management and treatment of incarcerated people living with brain injury after release.
NBIA is using the funds to launch its Crime and Addiction Reduction Education Services (CARES) program. The CARES program will address the needs of survivors trapped in the revolving door of the justice system. The program will accomplish its goal through integrated community support of qualified individuals with a brain injury who’ve been released from incarceration.
The CARES program anticipates a reduction of recidivism by providing individuals with access to case managers and community supports to assist them. The purpose of CARES is to assist the transition without feeling they need to resort to crime in order to survive.
CARES services include providing individuals with brain injury education to better understand what’s happened to them, and what they can do to succeed, social supports, and building and nurturing awareness and understanding with a network of community medical and social service providers, in order to ensure a continuum of balanced care.
CARES also uses a coordinated care approach to addressing issues such as substance abuse, and self-medication where the cost and/or availability of prescriptions leaves individuals little to no other options.
Ultimately, the CARES program is designed to teach people ‘how’ to live, instead of how they ‘should’ live.
For more information, please contact the Northern Brain Injury Association Community Coordinator, Ryan Challen, by phone: 250-562-4673 (toll free to 1-866-979-4673), or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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