A service intended to divert persons with mental illness who have committed a minor offence from the justice system.
Services to offenders who have a mental illness. This program provides diversion from the justice system to the mental health system for adults 18 and older and youth (12 years to 18 years) who have a mental illness and are charged with a less serious criminal offence. The service assesses people and offers assistance to identify goals and needs, links to agencies or services, and recommends charges are withdrawn if goals are met.
It offers the judicial system an alternative in dealing with adults with mental illness who have been charged with a minor, low-risk crime. They now may be eligible to participate in mental health and community care, subject to referral and approval by the Crown prosecutor.
Once a person enters the service, a mental health clinician conducts a completed assessment, which includes gathering a detailed history. The person is then linked to resources specific to their needs and receives support to make positive changes.