Social Workers Congratulate the Ontario Government for New Investments in Additional Staff to Improve Mental Health Supports Within Correctional Services

TORONTO, Dec. 19, 2016 /CNW/ - The Ontario Association of Social Workers ("OASW") welcomes the news that the province will be investing $33 million to improve mental health supports within correctional facilities.  This investment includes hiring 22 more social workers in the coming months to support inmates.

"Social workers provide a vital service in the correctional system in Ontario," said Joan MacKenzie Davies, Executive Director of the Ontario Association of Social Workers.  "We applaud the government for this new funding, which will help ensure inmates get the supports and treatment they need."

There are approximately 17,000 Registered Social Workers currently in Ontario. Social workers serve in a variety of workplace settings, from hospitals and community centres to correctional facilities and social service agencies.

"Social workers help Ontarians get back on track so they can lead more productive lives," said MacKenzie Davies. "Interventions in the justice system can provide people with access to mental health services that can make a real difference in their lives."

Interventions by social workers can help lower costs for government by helping people stay out of hospitals and further interactions with the justice system by ensuring they get the health and social services they need. 

About the OASW:
OASW is the voice of social workers in Ontario. It is a voluntary, provincial, non-profit association. All practicing members have a university degree in social work at the bachelor's, master's or doctoral level.

SOURCE Ontario Association of Social Workers

For further information: Rita Mascherin, Manager, Administration & Services, 416-923-4848 ex. 224, rita@oasw.org

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