We are currently conducting an environmental scan and needs assessment seeking to identify gaps in programs, services, and supports (e.g. education, employment, housing, mental health, family, etc.) for people being held in, and recently released from, adult (18+) provincial custody in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).
As of July 2018, we’ve completed 26 in-depth community-based service provider and key stakeholder interviews, 6 post-release focus groups; and received 67 completed responses to our post-release survey. We are now in the data analysis phase.
On completion of this project, we hope to use a collective impact framework to address the barriers and gaps identified through the research, and promote the use of the data by broader audiences, such as government, funders and service providers, to inform future research, program/service innovation, and policy development.
The long-term, overarching goal of this project is to improve community re-entry outcomes for people leaving adult provincial custody, through increased access to supports that meet their needs.
This project is funded and supported by the City of Toronto and Laidlaw Foundation.