The Court Diversion Program is a cooperative venture between the Criminal Justice System and the Mental Health System. The program provides direct service to individuals who have a mental illness and who have been charged with a minor offence. To be eligible for the Court Diversion Program individuals must:
- be diagnosed with a serious mental illness
- be 16 years of age or older
- have been charged with a minor offence
- agree to participate in the mental health diversion, as it is strictly voluntary
- be recommended by the Crown Attorney
Mental Health Counsellors in the Court Diversion Program:
- assist individuals appropriate for diversion to access and utilize mental health and other supports and services
- assist the judicial system to identify and divert adults with mental illness
- provide consultation services to all persons/families with special needs appearing before the courts, regardless of the nature of the charges
- provide short-term support or facilitate the transfer to more enhanced/intensive services or to a longer-term Mental Health Counsellor
Court Diversion Enhancement
The Court Diversion Enhancement Program provides transitional community-based services and direct service to individuals who are on a Court Diversion plan or at minimum have had involvement with the Court Diversion program. Services include at minimum: assessment and planning, supportive counselling, service co-ordination, monitoring/evaluation, systems advocacy, transportation and support at court appearances. This transitional service is intended to be time-limited (up to four months consecutive) after which the client may be transferred to a Mental Health Counsellor for case management. This program also includes an affordable housing component.
HOW TO MAKE A REFERRAL:
Please call 310-OPEN (310-6736) to speak to an intake counsellor. 310-OPEN is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.