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 Welcome to Scarborough Local HSJCC

 
The Scarborough Human Service and Justice Coordinating Committee was established in response to a recognized need to coordinate resources and services, and plan m​ore effectively for persons with a serious mental illness, developmental disability, acquired brain injury and/or fetal alcohol syndrome who are in conflict with the law o​r who are at significant risk of coming into conflict with the law.

The committee represents a partnership by justice and human service providers to develop an integrated, coordinated and seamless service delivery system in Scarborough that meets the needs of this client population and supports community safety.


Goal
To prevent and reduce an individual’s contact with the criminal justice system by providing services to persons living with serious mental illness who are currently involved in or are at significant risk of involvement with the criminal justice system.


Services and Supports
The member agencies of the Scarborough Human Service and Justice Coordinating Committee offers a variety of services and support in the Scarborough area for persons with serious mental illness who are involved with the criminal justice system or who are at significant risk of coming into conflict with the criminal justice system. The services may be organized into four service areas:

1) Mental Health and Justice Prevention and Police-Related Services
2) Court and Custody-Based Mental Health Services
3) Community Support Services
4) Residential Services​​

Participation in the services is voluntary.​​

 

1) Mental Health and Justice Prevention and Police-Related Services
Aimed at preventing situations that might lead to arrest and appropriately managing crisis situations to provide an alternative to arrest.
Types of Service:
  • Mental Health and Justice Prevention Services
  • Mobile Crisis Intervention Teams with mental health professionals and police working together
Mental Health and Justice Prevention Program

This program provides community support and consultation for individuals have mental health needs and who are:

  • At significant risk of incurring criminal charges, or
  • Before the criminal courts on charges, or
  • Have recently had charges before the criminal courts.

This program attempts to reduce the risk of criminal arrest by linking persons to mental health and other services and, where needed, by providing short-term case management/community support.

Participation in the program is voluntary. Typically, individuals are referred by:

  • Police
  • Probation services and
  • Court personnel.

Referrals may also be made by:

  • Service providers
  • Family or
  • the Individual needing service.

Contact Information:

Referrals may be made directly to program staff by calling 416-458-9466 or by faxing a completed referral form to 416-289-6843. Email: tmckay@cmha-toronto.net.

The Mental Health and Justice Prevention Program is part of a larger, coordinated system of service for individuals with mental illness who are at significant risk of coming into conflict with the criminal justice system. The program provides service to the east part of the city between Victoria Park and Port Union Road, Steeles Ave to Lake Ontario . If you live outside of the above area, visit the Mental Health and Justice Initiatives web-page to find the service for your area.

Mobile Crisis Intervention Team (MCIT) The Scarborough Hospital, Mental Health Services

The MCIT involves a formal working relationship between The Scarborough Hospital (TSH), Mental Health Services and the Toronto Police Services (TPS). This program has interministerial funding, by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.

MCIT aims to divert hos​​pital Emergency Department visits and In-Patient admissions and safely addresses the special challenges to law enforcement posed by persons with mental illness.

The MCIT provides a community crisis response to individuals who are experiencing a mental health crisis by the provision of a trained police-mental health team who can assess needs and ensure connection to appropriate services. The program consists of a mental health nurse and a police officer.

The team will attend to police dispatched calls for service involving persons who are experiencing a crisis as a result of a severe psychiatric illness or are experiencing an acute emotional crisis requiring intervention to ensure safety.

Contact Information:

The MCIT will respond only to calls received via the Toronto Police Service Communications Bureau through 911 for Emergencies or (416) 808-2222. The TPS Primary Response Unit (PRU) will be the first or primary responders to all 911 calls. The PRU will attend and assess potential safety issues and the need for criminal charges and general suitability of the situation for the MCIT to attend. The PRU will have dispatch contact the MCIT to respond to appropriate psychiatric crisis calls. The MCIT arrives at the scene, makes an immediate assessment of the situation, intervenes, does what they can to divert the individual from serious problem or harm, and then arranges for appropriate mental health treatment.

The MCIT is part of a larger, coordinated city-wide system of service for individuals with mental illness who are at significant risk of coming into conflict with the criminal justice system. The program provides service to all of Scarborough. If you live outside of the above area, visit the Mental Health and Justice Initiatives web-page to find the service for your area.


2) Court and Custody-Based Mental Health Services and Community Support Services

Aimed at facilitating court diversion and reducing the risk of future involvement with the criminal justice system.

Types of Service:

  • Short-term court-based support and consultation
  • Release from custody planning
Mental Health Court Support and Diversion Program

In consultation with the court, this program diverts people with serious mental illness from the court system to mental health and community support services. Once individuals have been referred for mental health diversion, court support workers assist them to find the services they need.

The program also provides consultation and referral for individuals with a mental illness before the criminal courts who do not qualify for diversion, linking them to mental health and support services to facilitate bail or to assist with sentencing.

In some circumstances, the program also provides intensive case management to clients.

In addition, the program offers information and support to family and loved ones of persons with mental illness in conflict with the legal system.The program provides services to individuals with mental illness with charges at the Metro East ( Scarborough ) court.

Contact Information:

Mental Health Court Support and Diversion Program - 415-285-4177

Scarborough Court

The Mental Health Court Support and Diversion Program is part of a larger, coordinated system of service of individuals with mental illness who currently have criminal charges before the courts. If you have charges at another courthouse in Toronto see the contact information for the Mental Health Court Support services affiliated with other Toronto courthouses by visiting the Mental Health and Justice Initiatives web-page.

Release from Custody

Description of the program:

The Release Planning service is part of The Scarborough Hospital’s Justice & Mental Health Program and is based at the Toronto East Detention Center . This service is designed to assist with the transition and safe reintegration of individuals who suffer from a major mental illness and who are being released from the Toronto East Detention Centre into the Scarborough community. The clients are also offered follow up short term case management after they have been released into the community.

The Release Planning services aim to address the critical elements of the mental health care and reintegration of the mentally ill offender into the community. The program focuses on identifying specific needs of individuals who are being transitioned from custody into the community.

Services provided include:

Discharge planning:

  • Discharge planning
  • Accessing community mental health treatment (psychiatric programs, addiction agencies and medication)
  • Connecting to housing supports (safe beds, long-term housing)
  • Linking to employment and financial assistance (benefits and or reestablishment of benefits)
  • Providing education around mental illness and treatment options
  • Applying for identification
  • Providing the family with support systems and a range of community resources

Admission Criteria for Discharge Planning:

The program is for individuals:

  • over the age of 18 years
  • identified as having a major mental illness
  • who are being released from the Toronto East Detention Centre
  • who are willing to participate in the program

Contact Information:

Referrals are initiated by the Health Care providers at Toronto East Detention Centre. Program enquiries can be made directly to the Release Planner at (416)-431-8200 ext. 6910.

The Justice and Mental Health Program is part of a larger, coordinated system of services for individuals with mental illness who are involved with the correctional systems. The program provides service to persons with serious mental illness detained at both the Toronto East Detention Centre and the Toronto West Detention centre who will be released from custody to the Scarborough community. Individuals held in custody at other detention centres in Toronto may access release planning services at their local detention centre. Visit the Mental Health and Justice Initiatives web-page to find the release planning service to connected to the other detention centres and probation offices in the city of Toronto 


3) Community Support Services

Aimed at providing support to people with mental illness in contact with the criminal justice system in the community.

Types of Service:

  • Intensive community support
  • Specialized Supports for individuals with Dual Diagnosis (i.e. mental illness and developmental disability)

Intensive Community Support Programs

CMHA Court Support Case Management Services
This service provides intensive case management to individuals with serious mental illness who are involved with the Scarborough Mental Health Court Support and Diversion Program. Specifically, this service may provide assistance with finding psychiatric treatment, finding housing, obtaining social assistance, maintaining activities of daily living, attending medical and rehabilitative appointments and meeting vocational/educational goals. This service is targeted at both adults and transitional aged youth age 16-24 years.
 
  Contact Information:
Court Support Case Service
Scarborough Court
415-285-4177
The Court Support Case Management Service is part of a larger, coordinated system of services for individuals with mental illness who currently have criminal charges before the courts. If you have charges at another courthouse in Toronto see the contact information for the Mental Health Court Support and related case management services affiliated with other Toronto courthouses by visiting the Mental Health and Justice Initiatives web-page.
Justice and Mental Health (JAMH)

Psychiatric Consultation, Assessment and Treatment Program:

The Justice & Mental Health Program (JAMH) at The Scarborough Hospital is an interdisciplinary program for the assessment and treatment of individuals with mental illness, who are involved with the criminal justice system. The Justice & Mental Health Program provides a range of services that aims to meet the mental health and psychosocial rehabilitation needs of individuals with mental illness in the communityby providing psychiatric assessment, treatment and forensic case management.

By developing a treatment plan to address individuals' needs the program aims to reduce recidivism (reoffending).

Program Components:

1. Forensic Assessment to Physicians

Physicians may request a psychiatric consultation to aid in the diagnosis and/or treatment of individuals involved in the criminal justice system.

2. Forensic Assessment to those before the Court

Lawyers, defense and crown, as well as the court, may request a psychiatric consultation in order to clarify issues such as fitness to stand trial and criminal responsibility. The program has access to a multidisciplinary team.

Contact Information:

To make a referral please call 416-431-8200 ext 6747.

3. Case Management Services

The first goal of this service is the engagement of the client with Forensic Case Manager in the Scarborough community. This is followed by an assessment, consultation with the family and other caregivers, psycho-education, planning, resourcing, crisis intervention, advocacy, and collaboration with the treating physician. The Forensic Case Manager provides ongoing follow up in the community.

Admission Criteria for Case Management

  • Minimum age 18
  • Primary diagnosis of a major mental illness
  • Criminal charges and/or conviction
  • Willingness to comply with the program
  • Individual can be safely supported in the community
Contact Information:

Referrals may be made directly to the program by calling:

416-431-8200 ext. 6410 or ext 8229

The Justice and Mental Health Program is part of a larger, coordinated system of services for individuals with mental illness who are involved with the criminal justice or correctional systems. The program provides service to the Scarborough Area. If you live outside of the above area, visit the Mental Health and Justice Initiatives​ web-page to find the service for your area.

Specialized Supports for Individuals with Dual Diagnosis (i.e. mental illness and developmental disability)

Dual Diagnosis Case Management Program
Mandate:
The Dual Diagnosis Case Management program at COTA Health has been funded by The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) to provide case management service to adults (16 years+) living within the city of Toronto, who have A Dual Diagnosis & Justice System Involvement (DD&J Clients)
Admission Criteria:
DD&J Clients: must meet the same diagnostic criteria as DD Clients but must also have current involvement with the justice system. DD&J Clients must be assessed as individuals who are likely to be safely supported in the community (i.e., at low to medium risk to reoffend). The program accepts referrals from:
 
  • Mental Health Court Support Programs
  • Mental Health & Justice Pre-Charge Diversion Programs
  • Mental Health & Justice Short-term Residential Beds
  • Mental Health & Justice Supportive Housing Services
  • Law and Mental Health Program/Forensic Unit at CAMH/Whitby Mental Health Centre
DD&J referrals from other sources may also be considered on a case-by-case basis.

 


4) Residential Services
Aimed at providing short term and/or long-term safe and supportive housing to reduce the risk of future involvement with the criminal justice system

Types of service:

  • Short-term residential beds (for up to 30 days)
  • Housing and support (long-term permanent)
Short-term Residential Beds Program
Program Description
Nine (9) short-term residential beds for individuals who are experiencing serious mental health illness and have been involved with the criminal justice system.
These are part of a city-wide network of 34 beds operated by four lead agencies: CMHA, Gerstein Centre, Reconnect Mental Health Services, COTA Health.
Each bed is in a residential building located in the Scarborough area. Individuals will stay in a self contained one bedroom unit with the use of a full size kitchen and bathroom.
Admission Criteria:
  • Individuals 16 years of age or older who are currently involved in the criminal justice system or are at significant risk of involvement with the justice system
  • Individuals experiencing a crisis
  • Living with serious mental illness
  • Can be safely supported in the community
  • Suitability for admission will be determined on a case-by-case basis, based on support services required.
 
Referral process:
  • Referrals are accepted by the priority referral sources.
  • Referrals can be made by contacting the central bed registry at 416-248-4174. Referring agencies or individuals will be provided with a referral form prior to an intake assessment being scheduled.
  • Referrals will be accepted 24hrs/7days a week.
 
Housing and Support (long-term/permanent)
Program description:
We provide long term subsidized housing and site support services to people living with a serious mental health illness that have current involvement with the criminal justice system.
Admission Criteria:
  • Are 16 years of age or older
  • With serious mental illness
  • Are homeless or at risk of being homeless.
  • Current or recent involvement in the criminal justice system.
  • Individuals who are likely to live safely supported in the community.
The program accepts referrals from:
  • Mental Health Court Support Programs and associated case management programs
  • Mental Health and Justice Intensive case management programs
  • Law and mental health programs
  • Short-term residential support beds; i.e safe beds
  • Crisis response/outreach services including pre-charge
  • Courts/jails including probation
Applications are submitted to the Central Unit Registry (416-757-6454) at Loft Community Services. Once the application has been received, it will be reviewed for basic eligibility criteria. Referrals from community and individuals will be accepted upon meeting the intake criteria.

The Mental Health and Justice long-term housing program is a partnership with the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care and 4 Lead agencies: LOFT Community Services; CMHA (Canadian Mental Health Association); COTA Health; Houselink Community Homes
 
 
 

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