CBC Radio's "The Current" Interview on ADHD in the Canadian Justice System
The content of CADDAC’s new paper on the impact of ADHD in the Canadian Justice system was recently featured on CBC Radio’s “The Current”. The half hour segment featured three interviews: a young offender diagnosed after several incarcerations, Heidi Bernhardt our Executive Director, and a lawyer who has worked with clients impacted by ADHD. Access this LINK
to listen to the interview or read the transcript. Please spread the word far and wide by sharing the link with everyone you know.Interview on CJOB Winnipeg with Geoff Currier
ADHD in the Justice System
Access the live interview HERE
2016 ADHD Awareness Campaign
ADHD in the Canadian Justice System
The Center for ADHD Canada is drawing attention to an issue of importance that has long been ignored by the Canadian justice system. Incident rates of ADHD in the correctional population are 5 times greater than what we see in the community and ten times greater for youth. Yet little has been done to introduce assessment and treatment protocols within justice and correctional systems across Canada. This is occurring even though research and on site experience has shown there are significant benefits to doing so.
CADDAC is launching a new paper, “The Benefits of Recognizing and Treating ADHD in Canadian Justice and Corrections Systems
), and sharing it with Ministries of Justice and Corrections, law/bar associations, and courts with the hope that increased awareness will result in a dialogue on the implementation of screening, assessment and treatment of this disorder throughout the system. Even though this topic may make some in the ADHD community uncomfortable CADDAC feels that it is high time that we shine a light on this issue so better solutions can be found. Research has shown us that the benefits of treatment far outweigh the benefits of punishment for everyone involved.
Early detection and treatment of ADHD would benefit offenders and society, and reduce costs to the justice system by:
* Potentially altering a youth’s trajectory into offending by early intervention
* Reducing substance abuse, criminal behaviour by 32-41%, and recidivism
* Improving disruptive behaviour and aggression in inmates while incarcerated
with the added benefit of reducing additional time on their sentences.
* Improving treatment for coexisting mental health disorders, suicidality and
substance abuse, which commonly co-occur with ADHD and are much more
effectively treated if ADHD is treated first
* Allowing for better access to rehabilitation and education programs when
In summary, the reduction in criminal behaviour, improved behaviour while incarcerated and improved overall rehabilitation of inmates will increase their and their family’s quality of life, reduce costs to the justice system, benefit the communities they return to and Canadian society in general.
Access our Key Messages HERE French
Access our Media Release HERE French
Access our Key Messages PPT with messages for officers, lawyers, courts and correction systems HERE
Participate in the 2016 ADHD Challenge
Help raise ADHD awareness, show off your skills and help raise funds for ADHD Awareness and advocacy work across Canada, all at the same time!
The Centre for ADHD Awareness, Canada (CADDAC) urges every Canadian to participate in a challenge of their choice for the month of October in an effort to raise awareness of ADHD and help raise funds for ADHD awareness and advocacy work across Canada. Whether you are 6, 16 or 60+ we want you to decide on a personal challenge that you want to complete during the month of October, ADHD Awareness Month, and complete the challenge with the support of your sponsors.
Decide on a challenge.
Challenges could include:
* Something physical like, running, biking, swimming or Yoga (e.g. 20 minutes
or aerobic exercise each day)
* Something more cerebral like meditation, or mindfulness (e.g. 10 minutes
twice a day)
* Something educational like reading or, creative like painting or writing ( read
a book each week, chapter every night)
The list is endless
Go to the CADDAC web site and register your challenge
Use our ADHD Awareness tools, fact sheets, info graphics, posters and recording to educate your friends and family about ADHD.
Step 4 (Optional)
Ask your family and friends to log onto the CADDAC web site, and donate a small amount (2, 5, 10, 20 dollars) to sponsor your challenge and help support ADHD awareness and advocacy efforts.
(CADDAC is not a charity, but rather a national not-for-profit, so charitable receipts will not be issued)
Join the online discussion about ADHD and your challenges on our Facebook page.
The most creative ideas will be posted on our Facebook page.
All participants who wish their names to be shared will be officially thanked on the CADDAC web site and all participants will receive a certificate of participation and appreciation.
To register your challenge click HERE
To sponsor a participant click HERE
Event page click HERE
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