Mental Health and Justice Programs

Fred Victor Mental Health and Justice programs assist people who are experiencing mental illnesses or issues and who have been charged with low-risk criminal offences.

Mental Health and Justice. Staff offers short-term support to those experiencing mental distress and struggling to stay out of the criminal justice system. Staff:

  • accompany people to court
  • connect them to shelters and safe beds
  • offer basic items such as food and clothing
  • get people new I.D., healthcare, income supports and legal help
  • assist people with addictions using harm reduction methods or directing them to withdrawal management services

Mental Health Court Support Services. A mental health court worker, in collaboration with the accused, develop a diversion plan which includes appropriate services, such as psychiatric assessments, securing resources to meet basic needs and finding short or long-term community support. The plan is then presented to the Provincial Crown Attorney for approval.

The Post Incarceration Housing Access and Follow Up Program. Staff work with the City of Toronto’s Streets To Homes Program to help reduce and prevent the cycle of homelessness and incarceration. We work from Housing First Approach with individuals who: 

  • have mental health and/or addiction issues
  • who have recent or current criminal justice involvement
  • who are homeless or at risk of being homeless

The Program provides:

  • housing access support for immediate to long term needs
  • mental health case management for up to 18 months
  • housing stabilization
  • assistance with replacing ID and finding income support 

These three programs are part of a broader network of Mental Health and Justice programs across Toronto. View a full list.

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