Mental Health Court Support Services

Provides alternatives and options for individuals experiencing serious mental illness who become involved in the criminal justice system. 

This program is comprised of three components:

  • Mental Health Court Diversion
    • Education regarding consumer issues, mental illness, mental health services, and the mental health system
    • Connects persons considered appropriate for diversion to access services and supports
    • Provides consultation to the judiciary on cases referred for diversion
    • Provides consultation for persons not deemed suitable for diversion
    • Support and information for family members and significant others
  • Intensive Case Management 
    • Provides services to individuals who are not eligible for mental health court diversion
    • Helps support individuals with a serious mental illness, a concurrent disorder, or a dual diagnosis
    • Provides outreach, court support, and support plans based on identified need in order to prevent further involvement with the criminal justice system
    • Connections to longer term case management services, rehabilitative programs, medical treatment, accessing appropriate financial entitlements and appropriate housing
    • Support and information for family members and significant others
  • Release from Custody Program 
    • Provides short-term assistance to individuals being released from correctional custody to facilitate a stable transition
    • Connections to longer term case management services, rehabilitative programs, medical treatment, accessing appropriate financial entitlements and appropriate housing
    • Support and information for family members and significant others
    • Consultation for people who are not deemed suitable for diversion
    • Supportive counselling

Emergency or crisis services not provided.  For access to emergency or crisis services, contact COAST Hamilton, ConnexOntario, or Crisis Services Canada. 

Organizations that offer this Service
Canadian Mental Health Association
Sites that offer this Service
John Sopinka Courthouse
Sunday:
Closed

Monday:
8:00-16:30
Office hours

Tuesday:
8:00-16:30
Office hours

Wednesday:
8:00-16:30
Office hours

Thursday:
8:00-16:30
Office hours

Friday:
8:00-16:30
Office hours

Saturday:
Closed

Work: 905-645-5252 x3662 (John Sopinka Courthouse)
Fax Number: 905-521-0211 (CMHA Office)
Crisis Line Number: 905-972-8338 x24 hours (COAST Hamilton)
Crisis Line Number: 1-866-531-2600 x24 hours (ConnexOntario)
Crisis Line Number: 1-833-456-4566 (Crisis Services Canada)
Website: Website

45 Main St E
Hamilton, ON
L8N 2B7

Eligibility

Program is designed for individuals with a serious mental illness who become involved in the criminal justice system.  Eligibility varies by program, contact for details.

Areas Served
Hamilton
Fees
Fee
None
Languages
English
Application Instructions

Contact for information

Age Range
18 and older
Last Full Update
April 28, 2021