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Mental Health and Justice

Mental Health and Justice

Fred Victor’s sensitive, skilled workers are the backbone of the ongoing court support work.

Mental Health and Justice

We offer 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.

According to a report from the Canadian Mental Health Association,  many racialized people are not accessing Ontario’s mental health courts which divert them from having a criminal record. Listen to CBC Fresh Air, our senior manager of Mental Health and Addictions programs,  Deqa Farah on  CBC Fresh Air June 9, 2019. talks about mental health courts.