"Tools to Live": Using Community-Engaged Scholarship to Assess the Role of a Canadian Non-Profit Organization in Serving Persons with Mental Health Issues and Concurrent Disorders

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"Tools to Live": Using Community-Engaged Scholarship to Assess the Role of a Canadian Non-Profit Organization in Serving Persons with Mental Health Issues and Concurrent Disorders

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dc.contributor.advisor Morton, Mavis
dc.contributor.author MacInnis, Ashley
dc.date 2012-08-08
dc.date.accessioned 2012-09-05T18:59:43Z
dc.date.available 2012-09-05T18:59:43Z
dc.date.issued 2012-09-05
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10214/3921
dc.description.abstract Ample empirical evidence highlights the significant prevalence of persons with mental health issues and concurrent disorders involved in the criminal justice system. This population frequently uses services provided by community based non-profit organizations for aid and support. Yet, there is a dearth of research that addresses the prevalence of mental health issues and concurrent disorders amongst those served by such organizations, and the barriers to community reintegration that they face. Focusing on the prevalence of mental health issues and concurrent disorders among individuals involved or at risk of involvement in the criminal justice system, the John Howard Society of Waterloo-Wellington and the University of Guelph embarked upon a mixed-methods community-engaged research partnership. Information for the clients in the ‘Community Aftercare’ program was collected in relation to mental health issues and concurrent disorders. Our data reveal the ‘typical’ profile of the clients accessing the Aftercare program, which includes a high prevalence of mental health issues and concurrent disorders. Further, interviews identified stigma, history of victimization, complex needs, criminal history, diminished welfare state, and a lack of social support/social capital as barriers faced by the Aftercare clients. The Aftercare program, however, acts as a form of social support and builds social capital for the clients. A lack of adequate funding to address the complex needs of the Aftercare clients was identified as a program limitation, and the findings revealed a need for additional funding. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.5/ca/ *
dc.subject Criminology en_US
dc.subject Criminal Justice System en_US
dc.subject Sociology en_US
dc.subject Community Based Research en_US
dc.subject Community Engaged Scholarship en_US
dc.subject Social Support en_US
dc.subject Social Capital en_US
dc.subject Offenders en_US
dc.subject Mental Health Issues en_US
dc.subject Mental Illness en_US
dc.subject Addictions Issues en_US
dc.subject Concurrent Disorders en_US
dc.subject Non-Profit Organization en_US
dc.subject Barriers to Reintegration en_US
dc.subject Community Based Programming en_US
dc.title "Tools to Live": Using Community-Engaged Scholarship to Assess the Role of a Canadian Non-Profit Organization in Serving Persons with Mental Health Issues and Concurrent Disorders en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.degree.programme Criminology and Criminal Justice Policy en_US
dc.degree.name Master of Arts en_US
dc.degree.department Department of Political Science en_US


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