Alternative placements within BC Corrections
BC Corrections is continually developing and adopting new approaches to support the individuals who are in our custody. At least 69% of the individuals under our supervision in correctional centres have been diagnosed with mental health or addictions needs, and 42% have been diagnosed with both.
We are evolving and learning even more about the complex people in our care, to create a more seamless support system with better outcomes, improved access to services and an enhanced continuity of care for this population.
We have worked closely with partners and experts to help inform practices that will reform segregation and lead to using segregation only as a last resort.
To support that goal, we are enhancing the use of alternative placements for individuals in correctional centres, such as Complex Needs Units that provide intensive supervision in an environment better suited for individuals with unique complex needs. We have also introduced an alternative to segregation called Supported Integration Placements, to help safely integrate people into regular living units, with enhanced case management plans and a modified daily routine.
Additional measures – such as increasing time out of cells, improving the physical environment in segregation units, enhanced case management, and more opportunities for more meaningful interactions with others – are all underway.
Right Living Units
Another alternative placement option is Right Living Units, which bring a positive, ‘pro-social’ approach to a living unit for individuals who show they are committed to changing their lives. To reside on a Right Living Unit, individuals make a commitment to the Right Living philosophy and must follow the community rules.
Right Living is a safe and healing environment that prepares residents to maintain a healthy life when they return home.
No-Violence Units support positive, compliant individuals by separating them from those who are non-compliant and giving them increased access to programs and services.
The units offer a supportive and safe environment that promotes trust between staff and the individuals in custody. They work together in a structured environment that is led by peers, which encourages residents to share their experiences and helps build self-confidence.