Mental Health Court Support

Type of Service

Diversion and Court Support

Program Description

Durham Mental Health Services' Mental Health Court Support program provides support and assistance to individuals who are in contact with the criminal justice system primarily because of a mental disorder. Through a cooperative working relationship with the Crown Attorney's Office, our Mental Health Court Support Workers help clients access needed health and human services. By diverting low-risk offenders with mental health issues from the criminal justice to the mental health system, it is hoped that recidivism will be reduced or eliminated.

Services offered include:
- assessment of need for mental health services as well as of basic needs (shelter, clothing etc.)
- linkage to needed health and human services
- brief service and support for persons not yet connected to longer-term supports
- potential court diversion (where using their discretion, the Crown Attorney decides not to prosecute allowing for treatment of low risk offenders who volunteer for the program)
- consultation and education to consumers, family members, and the justice system regarding mental illness, consumer needs, and health and human services.

Program Restricted To

Clients with Legal Issues

Access Information

Court Support services are open to Durham Region residents 16 years of age and over who have a mental illness, have been charged with a class one or two criminal offenses, voluntarily want the service, and are likely to benefit from mental health services.

Excluded from this service are: individuals charged under the Young Offenders Act; those having a substance abuse issue without a concurrent mental health disorder; and those charged with a class three offense or greater.

Applications can be made by the individual seeking service or by third-party referral; referring parties include the Crown Attorney's Office, other court personnel (including defense attorneys), and staff from DMHS or other helping agencies.

For information or referral, contact the Court Support Program to speak directly to a Court Support Worker.

User Costs

User Cost No

Referral Contact Information

Phone 905-444-3196
Toll-Free 855-888-3647

Clients Served

Gender All
Age 16 and up
Catchment Counties: (Durham)
Wheelchair Access Yes


Policy Allowed

Application Referral Forms


English Interpretation Services


Main Hours

Monday 0830-1630
Tuesday 0830-1630
Wednesday 0830-1630
Thursday 0830-1630
Friday 0830-1630