Mental Health Court Support Program

Program Description

This program helps individuals living with mental illness who have charges pending at regional courts between Cochrane and Hearst. These individuals may be diverted from the court system and connected to forensic Mental Health Services. Individuals who do not qualify for diversion may also receive support and consultation services.

Services Offered to Clients

  • Assessments to determine the eligibility of local referrals to the forensic program of the North Bay Regional Health Centre
  • Establish goals with clients eligible for diversion
  • Supportive and consultation services to individuals who are not eligible
  • Support for the client, family and friends during legal proceedings
  • Refer clients to the appropriate community services
  • Offer court diversion functions in compliance with as well as working closely with the office of the Crown Attorney

Eligibility Criteria

  • Individuals 16 years of age and over
  • Have been accused of a minor offence
  • Have or 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 may come directly from the individual, a family member/friend or from the following service providers:

  • Police services;
  • Crown attorney;
  • Defence attorney;
  • Judge or Justice of the Peace;
  • Community agencies.