Solutions Network: Breaking the Cycle of Incarceration

A mobile application to achieve equity and community inclusion for people living with traumatic brain injury

In Progress

Solutions Networks

MAP has launched 10 collaborative solutions networks with a common goal: to effect real-world social change by co-designing and demonstrating what works to address critical urban health challenges in our communities. Learn more


The prevalence of traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the Ontario prison population is at least four times higher than in the general public.

TBI can affect brain function for two to 10 years, causing problems with memory, learning, and abstract thinking.

Re-entering the community after release from prison can be a challenging process, and TBI-related impairments have been shown to make this process even more difficult. People who have experienced TBI are particularly vulnerable to re-incarceration.

The Solution

We are co-designing a solution to support people with TBI as they transition from prison back into the community. Delivered through an easy-to-use smartphone app as well as a paper-based booklet version, the intervention connects users with a variety of health and social resources as they exit prison. It also includes tools to support self-management of day-to-day activities.

Content will be selected and designed to address the spectrum of social determinants of health that can affect the reintegration process. Our ultimate goal is to break the cycle of incarceration.

Solutions Networks

Dr. Flora Matheson

Dr. Flora Matheson is a medical sociologist and mental health and addictions specialist. Using a gender lens, she investigates the social determinants of mental health, substance and alcohol use, homelessness, problem gambling, and criminal justice involvement.

Investigators

Collaborators

  • Katie Almond (Human Services & Justice Coordinating Committee)
  • Debi Causey (Probation Officer’s Association of Ontario)
  • Lindsay Jennings (Prisoners with HIV/AIDS Support Action Network)
  • Amber Kellen (John Howard Society of Toronto)
  • Linda Ogilvie (Ministry of the Solicitor General)
  • Veronica Pepper (Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Acquired Brain Injury Systems Navigator)
  • Kelly Potvin (Elizabeth Fry Toronto)
  • Frank Sirotich (CMHA Toronto)
  • Trevor Tymchuk (Person with lived experience and Provincial Human Services and Justice Coordinating Network)
  • Ruth Wilcock (Ontario Brain Injury Association)

Contact Info

Max Ferguson

Research Coordinator