Mental Health Court Outreach Service

Service Description

The Mental Health Court Outreach Service is offered to persons affected by mental illness, associated problems and/or concurrent disorder, who are accused of one or more legal offences. The service operates in collaboration with the forensic program of the North Bay site of the Northeast Mental Health Centre.

Services Offered

  • Conduct psychosocial assessments and establish goals with clients eligible for diversion
  • Conduct pre-assessments to determine the eligibility of local referrals to the forensic program of the Northeast Mental Health Centre
  • Support the client, family and friends during legal proceedings
  • Refer clients to the appropriate community and mental health service and establish links between them
  • Offer court diversion functions in compliance with as well as working closely with the office of the Crown Attorney

Eligibility Criteria

  • 16 years of age and over
  • Have been accused of a minor offence
  • Have or have previously had problems directly related to mental health
  • Sufficient proof exists indicating that mental health issues had a direct contribution to the offence committed
  • The person poses no clear and serious threat to the community

Referral Procedure

Referrals to this service can be made by:

  • Person facing charges;
  • Family members and friends;
  • Police services;
  • Crown attorney;
  • Defence attorney;
  • Judge or justice of the peace;
  • Community agencies.