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Canadian Penal Policy and Mental Health Nursing
A look at the issues in the provision of mental health services in the Canadian penal system.
# 152504 | 1,005 words | 3 sources | APA | 2013 | US

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The paper discusses the achievements of Bill C-30 in 1992 in ending the unregulated incarceration of mentally disturbed law-violators and creating provisions for their treatment in the penal system, and highlights its major impact on the practice of psychiatric nursing in the penal system. The paper reveals, however, that it has not done enough, and serious problems in the amount of available resources and the allocation of these resources remain, leading to inadequate treatment of mentally disturbed inmates. According to the paper, these problems make the practice of psychiatric nursing in the Canadian penal system very difficult and far less effective, in some cases potentially rendering it futile. The paper asserts that until the various political arguments are resolved, it will be impossible to develop a more effective practical and medical solution for these inmates.

Progress and Problems
Summary and Conclusion

From the Paper:

"Canadian mental health policy in the penal system has been a highly complex and a highly contentious issue for the country in recent decades, as a growing prison population and rising levels of mentally disturbed or handicapped inmates strains available resources and questions the logic and ethics of current practices and policies. Adding to and in large part leading to the initial creation of the issue's complexity is the fact that the issue has both political as well as purely practical and medical components, making perception and spin almost equal to actual effects and outcomes in their influence over penal mental health policy decisions and directions. This necessarily has significant implications for the practice of nursing as it relates to the mental health field and the perception of criminality in Canada.
"Bill C-30, a piece of federal legislation passed by the Canadian government in 1992, led to drastic changes in the way that mental health issues and patients were dealt with in the penal system. The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms ensures specific measures of due governmental process in the taking away of liberties, and guarantees certain other privileges to all individuals living in Canada; these rights were eroded under laws that allowed for the singular discretion of a lone government official in the designation and incarceration of individuals judged to have a metal disorder (Peterson 2005)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • CBC. (2005). "Number of prisoners with mental illness on upswing." Accessed 29 June 2010.
  • CMHA. (2010). "Social Inclusion/Social Capital." Canadian mental health association. Accessed 29 June 2010.
  • Peterson, K. (2005). "Background." Excerpted form The Northwest Territories Mental Disorder Review Board: Report to the Honourable Charles Dent, Minister of Justice, Government of the Northwest Territories. Accessed 29 June 2010.

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