Reintegrating into the community after incarceration can be an overwhelming and challenging process in which individuals are expected to make tremendous change in isolation. Peer Health Mentors are people who have been incarcerated and have successfully reintegrated into the community. Peer Health Mentors draw on their own experience and knowledge to support recently released individuals in addressing challenges and overcoming barriers.
CCPHE is currently running the following peer health mentoring projects:
Unlocking the Gates
The Unlocking the Gates program is for men and women being released from prison in British Columbia.
Are you just about to be released from prison?
A Peer Health Mentor will meet you at a pre-arranged destination upon your release. They will escort you to where you plan on living. If you don’t have safe housing, they can help you find some. If you need to see the doctor or get to the welfare office, they can help you. They can even help you find clothes or take you to a 12 step meeting. The Peer Health Mentor will walk with you during your first 72 hours after release.
To connect with a Peer Health Mentor, please call Unlocking the Gates at the following numbers.
For more information, please refer to the Projects section of this website.
CCPHE previously piloted a peer health mentoring program for men released from federal prison (2016-2017). For more information and resources, please refer to the Past Projects and Guidelines and Resources sections of this website.