Court Diversion & Support Program
|Court Diversion & Support Program
Box 446 - 612 Portage Avenue
Fort Frances, Ontario P9A 3M8
|Charlene Strain||Court Diversion & Support Workeremail@example.com||807-274-2347 ext. 210|
Adults who appear to have mental health needs who have been charged with a criminal offence, and who would benefit from community or hospital-based mental health services as a possible alternative to incarceration.
Adults with mental health needs who have been convicted of a criminal offence, and who would benefit from community or hospital-based mental health services as an alternative to incarceration or upon discharge.
Mental health needs include: Mental Illness, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, Acquired Brain Injury, Developmental Disability, Dual Diagnosis, and Concurrent Disorders.
Diversion occurs where the Crown believes mental illness is the underlying cause of alleged criminal conduct: the Crown may stay the charge(s) after the accused embarks upon a community treatment plan which addresses treatment needs and reduces the likelihood of recidivism.
Court Support Services
Based on client need, court support services may include:
· Assistance accessing duty counsel, legal aid, and/or retaining counsel
· Facilitation of bail release
· Case management and linkages to community support services, housing, psychiatric and income supports
· Individualized recommendations to the court upon sentencing
There are several points during post-conviction phase where Post-Conviction Services can be accessed, including:
· Between disposition and sentencing
· While individual is in custody
· Community supervision case management
· Release planning
· Conditional release and unconditional release.
Individuals may be referred to the Court Diversion & Support Program by various sources including the Court, Crown Attorney, Defence/Duty Counsel, Probation Officer, community service providers, family members, as well as self referrals.
Referrals can be made any time during an individual’s legal process by contacting CMHA Court Diversion & Support Worker, so feel free to Contact Us.
Schizophrenia Society of Ontario: Justice and Mental Health Program (JAMH) – Support for families
Connex Ontario Health Services Information
CMHA Ontario – Mental Health and Justice webpage:
Ontario Review Board
Ontario Court of Justice
Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee provincial webpage