Mental Health & Justice Youth Court (12 to 17)
The Mental Health and Justice Program provides case management and court support to those with mental health concerns who are involved in the criminal justice system, both virtually and in-person. Working collaboratively with accused people and their families, this team can assist with developing a support and treatment plan, reducing feelings of social isolation, navigating the court system, as well as obtaining referrals to help individuals access appropriate supports.
Who is This Program Intended For?
- 12-17 at the time of the offence and charged under the Youth Criminal Justice Act
- Mental Health diagnosis not required at the time of referrals but mental health is suspected. These include, individuals with mental health issues, development disabilities, dual diagnoses, concurrent disorders, acquired brain injury and autism
- Those who are willing to work towards their recovery goals
Contact Us to Register for Support
Youth and other referral sources can contact a Youth Court Support worker by using our referral form (please allow 30 seconds for form to load). You can also contact 416.419.9290.
Alternatively, contact CMHA Central Intake to make a referral at 1.866.345.0183, ext. 3321
Referrals can come from any source. Common referral sources include: self-referrals or referrals from family, caregivers, police, Defence/Duty Counsel, the Crown Attorney, Judges/Justice of the Peace, Probation Officers, correctional staff, hospitals, community partners or other agency staff.
The Mental Health & Justice Youth Court Offers:
- In person/phone/virtual support
- Assists youth and families in navigating the court system and provides support during court appearances
- Assists in developing release plans for those in bail court
- Mental health diversion available for those eligible
- Assists in developing client treatment plans, making appropriate referrals, liaises with Crown Attorney and Defense/Duty counsel, gathers and provides necessary documentation for resolution.
- Access to one-time psychiatric consultations
- Provides assistance to families/public in Form 2 process
- Case management available. See Mental Health & Justice Case Management Services